About Accademia Riaci

“I always tell my students: within all of us, in the most suitable way, a tiny, magical artistic potential is hiding patiently to be discovered.”

“The task of teachers is to awake that magic within the students and guide them to search for the true art and the talent and to teach them the joy of learning. So the teachers are not only to teach the technical know-how, but also to nourish each one’s imagination, fantasy, and the culture to quest for the true art and talent.” Accademia Riaci Honorary President, Raymond Riaci.

Our History

The heritage of the traditional craftsmanship and the arts that flourished in Tuscany, especially in Florence, celebrated the glory of the Renaissance era as the true gem of arts. Workshops and studios of the craftsmen were the major driving power of the city’s production activities that helped Florence truly flourish as Italy’s artistic capital of the era, and they together with the merchants achieved glory and great fortune.

Numerous magnificent artistic objects were created for baptisteries in the craftsmen’s studios, often those of goldsmiths. A good example is Maestro Benvenuto Cellini, who taught his superior sculpting techniques for making a nude statue out of marble to his apprentices in a studio somewhere. Today, these commissioned crafts executed by the beloved Maestro have been preserved for centuries as a true work of art. This legacy of the wholesome and special traditions of craftsmanship, such as gold and jewelry production, sculpture and painting, was, fortunately, lively inherited over many centuries in Florence and in the entire Tuscany region.

Upon founding the studio in 1983, Maestro Raymond Riaci had a strong vision to create a school that not only taught his techniques but enlightened young artists with the lively spirit and atmosphere of the Renaissance, in order to fulfill his lifelong mission as a Maestro. This was how Accademia Riaci was founded: a treasure box of traditional art and its irreplaceable techniques. The teaching secretly contains techniques unknown to any other school, and the Accademia Riaci strives to nurture and develop the imagination and fantasy in each and every single student.

Starting as a small art studio, today the same passionate mission has lit up not only a single maestro but a spectacular team of teachers representing the best Italian artists in Florence, retaining the founder and Honorary President’s vision of tradition and spirit, expressed in the quote. Our student’s body has represented over 50 countries worldwide, pursuing their art in the fields of Design, Crafts, Fine Arts, Italian Language, and Italian Culinary Arts, never failing to inspire them.

Teaching Method and Philosophy

Mission – “Live the past, create the future”

The ultimate goal of Accademia Riaci’s education is not focused only on teaching traditional techniques and styles but aims to guide students to develop their own artistic sensitivity, creativity and realize their full potential.

From the Traditional to the Ultra-modern Techniques

Students may choose to learn from various fields of arts and traditional arts offered at the academy. Contrary to the recent trends of mass production, Accademia Riaci believes in high quality rather than quantity. This is why design and techniques of traditional and classical arts to the most advanced designs and techniques are studied and acquired through numerous hours of practical hands-on training in their major of choice. Students will be nurtured to develop their imagination, and fantasies – the most valued elements of an artist. Professors encourage each student to inspire and develop each student’s originality not only through their teaching but also by helping them re-discover the “special something” about each learning artist.

Small Classe Sizes

Research shows that students working in small groups tend to learn more and appear more satisfied with their classes. Lower class sizes are linked to positive educational benefits such as better test scores, fewer dropouts, and higher graduation rates. Therefore, Accademia Riaci’s classes are organized in a small group of students.

Tailored Instruction

Just like how Leonardo Da Vinci taught his assistants, lessons are conducted in close relationship with each student, in line with their ability and personality, challenging both beginners and experienced professionals.

Accademia Riaci School Group

The Accademia Riaci School Group consists of three schools: Accademia Riaci, FCAS and ABC de’ Conti.

Each school offers courses in different disciplines:

  • Accademia Riaci: Arts, Crafts & Design courses
  • FCAS: Culinary Arts courses
  • ABC de’ Conti: Italian Language courses
Programs taught in:
  • English
  • Italian

This school also offers:

Courses

Accademia Riaci

In this course, many artworks in the history of Italy and Europe will be studied; including those that can be visited actually in Florence. ... [+]

In this course, many art works in the history of Italy and Europe will be studied; including those that can be visited actually in Florence.

Lesson Schedule

Week - Date - Curriculum

Week 1 May 8 – 12 Pre-history, Etruscan Art Week 2 May 15 – 19 Roman Art Week 3 May 22 – 26 Medieval Art Week 4 May 29 – June 2 Renaissance I Week 5 June 5 – 9 Renaissance II Week 6 June 12 – 16 Renaissance III Week 7 June 19 – 23 Renaissance IV Week 8 June 26 – 30 Renaissance V Week 9 July 3 – 7 Renaissance VI Week 10 July 10 – 14 Baroque and Rococo Week 11 July 17 – 21 Neo-classical and 19C Art Week 12 July 24 – 28 Modern Art & Contemporary Art 2 weeks

Tuition Fee + Accommodation, etc.: €1,350... [-]

Italy Florence
October 2019
Part-time
2 - 12 weeks
Campus
Accademia Riaci

You will learn simple hand twisting technique to creating ceramics using terra cotta. Please experience the feel of Italian clay. ... [+]

You will learn simple hand twisting technique to creating ceramics using terra cotta. Please experience the feel of Italian clay.

Instructors

Professors have participated in several solo and group exhibitions. Along with their decades of experience as pottery professionals, they also teach with enthusiasm to students. They have participated to various international exhibitions, with buyers from Italy and abroad. In their atelier they produce objects of high artistic value and full of poetic sensibility, taking inspirations from natural elements, fantastic landscapes, imaginary animals, with simple lines and solid sense of colors.

2 weeks

Tuition Fee + Accommodation, etc.: €2,600... [-]

Italy Florence
October 2019
Part-time
2 - 12 weeks
Campus
Accademia Riaci

Stained-glass work seen in many churches in Italy continued to enchant people. You will make this stained glass art directly from local artists. It is possible to make al ... [+]

Stained-glass work seen in many churches in Italy continued to enchant people. You will make this stained glass art directly from local artists. It is possible to make all forms of stained glass work, such as wall decoration, lamp, stand-cover, jewelry box, mirror decorated with stained glass, depending on the length of your participation in these classes. we will instruct you from the beginning, especially for those who never had a previous experiences.

Instructors

Our stained glass instructors are reputable artist themselves and their various types of work represent their sensibility with feelings. They are displayed in important churches and residential homes in Florence and are excel in exercise their instructions.... [-]

Italy Florence
October 2019
Part-time
2 - 12 weeks
Campus
Accademia Riaci

The Jewelry department focuses on either the production techniques or design skills that are necessary to succeed as a designer/goldsmith. ... [+]

One Year/ Semester Course

The Jewelry department focus on either the production techniques or design skills that are necessary to succeed as a designer/goldsmith.

Through our programs and customized instructions - according to each participant’s level and goal - we encourage students to explore and develop their own expressive style, elaborating self-directed projects and research. Projects encompass conventional formats, such as brooches, rings and earrings, as well as experimental designs, both wearable and non-wearable. Students will also be introduced to business practice, necessary to start up their new professional career.

In the Jewelry Making course, students will discover and learn how to translate their inner creativity and conceptual style into three-dimensional forms to create unique objects. They will master a variety of techniques, including: sawing, filing, soldering, casting, forging and stone setting. Moreover, we offer you the unique chance to learn the traditional art of “Incisione” (Florentine-style engraving). The study will not be limited to traditional materials, but can also incorporate items such as beads, plastics, glass and found objects.... [-]

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Full-time
1 - 2 semesters
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Accademia Riaci

You will start learning from basics of oil painting, watercolor, fresco and other techniques to extend your learning to space structure and understandings of shading, com ... [+]

You will start learning from basics of oil painting, water –color, fresco and other techniques to extend your learning to space structure and understandings of shading, composition, including lectures on art history in order to study Italian art and outdoor drawing, participants will learn both traditional techniques and modern techniques. For those who will take two months course, you will learn techniques that can be only mastered in Italy in more thorough fashion. You will feel only Florence will make your environment possible for you to come up with such an inspiration.

Instructors

Our instructors are active in modern art and have very strong insights into traditional painting and have very strong background not only on basic techniques, but also on Fresco and traditional techniques. Their artistic talent is no need to mention, but also they excel in instructing students in exciting manner and are brimmed with artistic power of Italy. We believe these classes can imbue professional artists with strong sense of artistic power.... [-]

Italy Florence
October 2019
Part-time
2 - 12 weeks
Campus
Accademia Riaci

Students will learn all the necessary techniques of shoemaking, from the basic to high-level. In addition to various types of shoes, students can study shoes for specific ... [+]

Shoe Making

One-Year Course

Students will learn all the necessary techniques of shoe making, from the basic to high-level. In addition to various types of shoes, students can study shoes for specific necessities, such as shoes pursuing “simplicity and comfort”, “durability”, “functional shoes for feet with medical problems”, “elegance for parties”, etc. and acquire skills enough to start up their career as a shoe maker. Students will also acquire general inter-discipline knowledge on art through basic art lessons (3D Drawing, Color Theory, Art History, Basic Painting) and Art-Visits outside of the classroom.

Semester Course

Students will study basic type shoe making, and then gradually challenge shoes with more complicated techniques, through making a pair of ladies pumps and a pair of stylish men’s shoes. The focus is placed on acquiring solid basic skills in all the steps of shoe making, in order to prepare for more advanced study.... [-]

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Full-time
1 - 2 semesters
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Accademia Riaci

Gemstones & Silver Accessories, Barista and Gelato etc, … In just 2 or 4 weeks, you can experience and learn Italian culture of your choice. The Internship training w ... [+]

Live and study in one of the most adored cities in the world – Florence. While you get the most out of Italian culture and life style, you earn transferrable credits.

Gemstones & Silver Accessories, Barista and Gelato etc, …

In just 2 or 4 weeks, you can experience and learn Italian culture of your choice. The Internship training will certainly strengthen your career prospects.

This fun, practical course is taught in the universal language of English.

Course Overview Gemstones & Silver Accessories

Explore your own artistic taste through internship experience in Florence, the center of Renaissance art

Accessories with gemstones (includes some treated gemstones) boldly accentuated with its natural hue (silver used for chain and parts) and – How about design and create your own and only one in the world jewelry with your birthstone or your favorite stones? ... [-]

Italy Florence
October 2019
Part-time
2 - 4 weeks
Campus
Accademia Riaci

In the Textile Design course at Accademia Riaci, you can learn batik, tie-dye, water paint, linoleum, geometric patterns, natural motif patterns, solarisation patterns, s ... [+]

Art Short Course

Textile does not only get worn as fashionable clothes, but is utilized as interior fabrics, wall papers, curtains, sofas, tablecloths, carpets, furniture, as well as in cars and public transportations – almost in every scene of our daily life. Textile design consists of color, print, motif, fabric, 3D function, shape and resistance, meaning the textile design is rich in variety. Many kinds of drawing tools such as pens, oil paints, acrylic paints, silk-screens, woodblock printings, photo compositions, Photoshop or Illustrator using PC, and all these tools give the textile designer the unlimited possibility of freely expressing themselves.

In the Textile Design course at Accademia Riaci, you can learn batik, tie-dye, waterpaint, linoleum, geometric patterns, natural motif patterns, solarisation patterns, scenic photo patterns, knitted fabric design and the base of weaving, so you can create your actual work using any method of these expressions.... [-]

Italy Florence
Open Enrollment
Full-time
1 - 12 weeks
Campus

Preparatory Programs

Accademia Riaci

This program is intended to provide students with a preparation for Accademia di Belle Arti in Italy. Foundation in this program includes Drawing, Art History, Workshop a ... [+]

Overview

This program is intended to provide students with a preparation for Accademia di Belle Arti in Italy. Foundation in this program includes Drawing, Art History, Workshop and Italian Language. The electives depending on the school you would like to enter, includes Oil and Water Painting, History of Architecture, and a Portfolio Preparation. The curriculum is changed for your requesting schools.

Accademia Riaci provides the following programs:

Course contents:

Lessons of specialization Independent Study Guided Art Visits Art Stages Basic Art Lessons (Art History, Basic Painting, Color theory, 3D Drawing)

One-year program:

September 3, 2018 - April 26, 2019 September 2, 2019 - April 24, 2020 ... [-]
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Italian
Full-time
1 year
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Summer courses

Accademia Riaci

In Bag Design, Students will study various bag designs with Italian tastes, colors (new combinations, new decoration), materials (avant-garde application, new materials), ... [+]

Italian bags are known for sophisticated designs and top-level quality, represented by numerous top brands such as GUCCI or PRADA, to name a few. Especially in Florence is crowded by leather shops and headquarters of many world-class brands including GUCCI and Salvatore Ferragamo.

Such fame of Italian bags with highest quality are maintained by bag making artisans’ insistence on high-level techniques and quality materials.

In Bag Design, Students will study various bag designs with Italian tastes, colors (new combinations, new decoration), materials (avant-garde application, new materials), patterns, functions, as well as researching on the trend and establishing originality. Students will study also geometric design, realistic design, project design, and design using computer. The program puts emphasis on encouraging each student’s uniqueness and to convey it in designs with original, creative, free and rich expression.... [-]

Italy Florence
Open Enrollment
Full-time
2 - 12 weeks
Campus
Accademia Riaci

Communication in fashion business nowadays requires the capability to plan and management of integrated communication strategies, to follow advertising campaigns, to rela ... [+]

Communication in fashion business nowadays requires capability to plan and management of integrated communication strategies, to follow advertising campaigns, to relate with mass media and fashion agents, to arrange fashion events and shows, to take care of public relations. And above all, to develop selling plans for new products, designers and fashion branding are necessary.

Our students start the essential basic skills to deal with marketing and fashion communication-planning route effectively. As well as the cultural knowledge and the basic techniques, they will improve the right planning method, starting from the market, the fashion products, and the consumer analysis, to the presentation of marketing and communication plan using traditional and innovative new media. Then students will analyse fashion as a whole system of signs and tendencies, propose personal views, and organize themes in projects with critical attitude to be ready for the real working world.... [-]

Italy Florence
Open Enrollment
Full-time
2 - 12 weeks
Campus
Accademia Riaci

Practical study on leading Italian fashion 1 or 2 months short-term intensive course. You will learn from design to actual making. ... [+]

Practical study on leading Italian fashion 1 or 2 months short-term intensive course. You will learn from design to actual making.

Instructors :

After having completed her degree in Industrial & Communication Design, she has worked as art director and design coordinator for many Italian companies, along with her passion for teaching as specialized instructor of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign. In our Fashion Design department, Prof. Veronica instills in students the Italian style and fashion sense, addressing the following topics: Development of models for fashion collections, Research and development of new products in relation to specific target. In these courses participant can learn all aspects of the Fashion Design Industry, including mood-boards, drawing and coloring of the fashion-plate, color palette, textures developments, product profile sheets, etc.... [-]

Italy Florence
Open Enrollment
Full-time
2 - 12 weeks
Campus
Accademia Riaci

You will posh your artistic sensibility in color, advertisement, illustration space conception unique to Italian life. You will nurture your individual creativity using v ... [+]

You will posh your artistic sensibility in color, advertisement, illustration space conception unique to Italian life. You will nurture your individual creativity using vivid colors.

Instructors :

After having completed her degree in Industrial & Communication Design, she has worked as art director and design coordinator for many Italian companies, along with her passion for teaching as specialized instructor of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign. Under the competent supervision of Prof. Veronica, students will address in a comprehensive way both the theoretical and operational topics that typically characterize the professional activity of a graphic designer.

Fees and Schedule Tuition Fee + Accommodation, etc: Number of Lessons (1 lesson = 45 min): Credits Check-in - Check - out 2 weeks €2,600 22 lessons/week with instructors + 22 Independent Study/week (without instructor) 3 ... [-]
Italy Florence
Open Enrollment
Full-time
2 - 12 weeks
Campus
Accademia Riaci

You will learn not only design conception but also completing final work based on your instructor’s theme such as residential, retail and public facility. ... [+]

You will learn not only design conception but also completing final work based on your instructor’s theme such as residential, retail and public facility. The purpose of the lessons is to nurture conception of creativity unique to Italian sensibility. Instructors will give individually tailored advises to each student, therefore we are sure that students with a wide range of backgrounds, whether be beginners or professionals, will be satisfied with instructions. You will learn Italian interior design, which has reputation for having the world’s best sensibility in color, mode and functions. Study individual style in interior decoration lessons after utilizing staircase model. Function project that put emphasis on function and to be compatible with standard for usage, selective solution, various work, show room, offices, residential, etc. Benchmark for Italian design, drafting a pro presentation to Clients. The method is for creating forms and its application to designs.... [-]

Italy Florence
Open Enrollment
Full-time
2 - 12 weeks
Campus
Accademia Riaci

In Product Design course, students learn Italian creativity which produces various good designs, product concepts implied by techniques and shapes, product functions, pro ... [+]

In Product Design course, students learn Italian creativity which produces various good designs, product concepts implied by techniques and shapes, product functions, product redesigning, product usage, and so on. With a specific theme and an already existing product, students analyze its functions, shape and structure. And based on such analysis, students learn to practically realize, improve and/or correct their ideas. Depending on each student’s needs (level of knowledge, personal requests, class period, etc.), we can offer students learning experiences of various kinds of Italian designs from furniture design to other product design.

Fees and Schedule Tuition Fee + Accommodation, etc: Number of Lessons (1 lesson = 45 min): Credits Check-in - Check - out 2 weeks €2,600 22 lessons/week with instructors + 22 Independent Study/week (without instructor) 3 ... [-]
Italy Florence
Open Enrollment
Full-time
2 - 12 weeks
Campus