Daniel Bilmes - Capturing Human Expression


Dates: 16-20 Sept, 2019 (5 days tuition, 6 hours per day)            Location: Piazza Santo Spirito (Florence)Level: Beginner to Advanced                                                           Medium: Oil on canvas

Class size: 10 to 18 students                                                             Language: English

Price: €970 (includes 22% VAT, 30 hours tuition, life models, welcome aperitivo)

Daniel Bilmes Painting

In this 5 day painting workshop, participants will be exposed to a number of unique painting techniques under the guidance of Daniel Bilmes. Working with live models in a number of different poses, participants will work in oil to explore and understand the gesture, expression and structure of the human form. 


Emphasis will be placed on composition, mood, and expression, as well as the artist’s analysis and interpretation.


In this intensive observation, participants will explore the uniqueness of individual features and their relationship to each other as part of a coherent whole.


Through multiple live demonstrations as well as one-on-one critiques, students will be taught the principles of proportion, form, tonal relationships, and how to capture the character of the subject. 


The first 2 days will focus on shorter studies, leading into a longer 3 day pose, giving participants ample time to explore the various stages of a finished piece.


The Studio

This workshop will take place in a large light-filled studio space in the center of Florence. The studio is located in our favorite Florentine Piazza; Santo Spirito, one of the city's loveliest and most lively neighborhoods. Santo Spirito is the artisan center of Florence, located south of the river Arno in the Oltrarno district, it is full of bars, restaurants and boutique shops. Just a 5 minute walk from the Ponte Vecchio, all of Florence's main attractions are easily accessible.


See photos of the studio here

Daniel Bilmes

Daniel Bilmes is a contemporary painter, working in Los Angeles. His approach is characterized by deep personal exploration, combining realism with elements of symbolism and abstraction. Through tactile textures and delicate expressions, his paintings weave together the magical and mundane. His work is at once hopeful and brooding. Realistic and symbolic. 

Daniel began his art education at the age of 8 under the tutelage of his father, the respected artist and educator, Semyon Bilmes. Being immersed in art from such an early age had a profound impact on his personal growth and creativity, laying a lasting foundation of curiosity that continues to drive and inform his work.

You can see more of Daniel's work here:

Website: www.danielbilmes.com 

 Instagram: @bilmesart


On Sunday 15th September we invite you to join us and Daniel for a welcome aperitivo near the studio, giving you the chance to familiarise yourself with the location and get to know each other. Classes will start on Monday 16th September and continue until Friday 20th September. Each painting day will last for roughly 6 hours. After class on the last day of the workshop we invite you to enjoy leaving drinks with us in the studio.


Five days of tuition (roughly 6 hours per day), models, easels, solvents & brush cleaner, welcome aperitivo, leaving drinks in the studio & 22% VAT.


Florence is full of lovely hotels and apartments, there is an excellent hotel situated right above our studio. Email us at info@artescapeitaly.com for our list of recommended accommodation near Piazza Santo Spirito. 


Email us and we'll let you know our top picks of tourist attractions, wine bars, restaurants, music bars and the best places to watch the sunset!


Dates: 16-20 Sept, 2019


Price: €970 (includes 22% VAT, 5 days tuition, models, easels, solvents & brush cleaner, welcome aperitivo & leaving drinks.) 


Eurocentres Firenze

Piazza Santo Spirito, 9
50125, Firenze, Tuscany

Medium: Oil on canvas

Class size: 10-18


Contact us:


IT: +39 347 333 9931


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Pricing & Registration

To book a place on this workshop click 'Book Now' below. To confirm your place you will need to pay a €500 non-refundable deposit or the full amount upon booking. Please note that the full balance must be paid at least 3 months before the start of the workshop. You can choose to pay via credit card or bank transfer. Once you have paid we will send you a confirmation email, a receipt of payment and a workshop information pack which will contain all of the information you need to know for your travels (please allow 5 days for the receipt of payment to arrive in your inbox).

Review our terms and conditions of booking here.


€970 - Workshop only (accommodation not included)

(includes: 5 days tuition, models, easels, solvents & brush cleaner, welcome aperitivo, leaving drinks & 22% VAT)

Please note

Prices include 22% VAT.

Credit card or bank transfer fees are not included.

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