Italian language and cultural school for foreigners
Disegno libero
Firenze nell'Arte

Free-hand drawing workshop

Drawing tools are: graphite or coloured pencils, pen, fine brushes with ink, crayons, charcoal pencils; the most common materials are paper, poster board, board, wall, canvas, copper, glass. Many drawing materials are applied dry, without any preparation, since they are neither oil nor water based, like in painting. Pure colours are used for drawing, which are not mixed before application. In painting colours are created by mixing the basic colours together. The artist traces or draws what he/she sees while drawing, whether it's an imaginary setting, the memory of a setting or an abstraction.


  • Acquisition of manual skill.
  • Creation of a copy (from Masters of various periods) of a facial detail with the squaring technique using pencil, red chalk, sepia and charcoal.
  • Use of the chiaroscuro technique to emphasise volume.
  • Creation of a copy without the squaring technique, using only median and diagonal co-ordinates to divide the composition.
  • Reproduction of landscapes created by the Old Masters, on small-sized paper using pen and ink, ballpoint pen and felt-tip pen.
  • Real-life drawing.
  • Chiaroscuro sketching using 45° technique or pencil point.
  • Enlargement by means of squaring.
  • Real-life landscape drawing.
  • Study of composition, still life and drapery.
  • Line drawing practice - charcoal drawing, timed drawing and drawing from memory.


For every 24 hours 950

Prices valid upon enrolment for all course commencement dates

Course start dates

2023 2024
Jan 9, 23 Jul 10, 24
Feb 6, 20 Aug 7, 21
Mar 6, 20 Sept 4, 18
Apr 3, 17 Oct 2, 16, 30
May 2, 15, 29 Nov 13, 27
Jun 12, 26 Dec 11

National holidays observed in the year 2023:
10 April, 25 April, 1 May, 2 June, 15 August, 1 November, 8 December.

Jan 8, 22 Jul 8, 22
Feb 5, 19 Aug 5, 19
Mar 4, 18 Sept 2, 16, 30
Apr 2, 15, 29 Oct 14, 28
May 13, 27 Nov 11, 25
Jun 10, 25 Dec 9

National holidays observed in the year 2024:
1 April, 25 April, 1 May, 24 June, 15 August, 1 November.

Course enrolment

Materials are not included in the price and will be agreed upon at the beginning of the course.

The 24-hour course can be spread over 2 or more weeks.

All courses are taught in Italian.

Registration includes the placement test, the accommodation search service, certificates and a few cultural activities.