Figure Painting in Oil

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

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Dates: 29 Nov - 3 Dec 2021 

Times: 10-1 / 2-5 each day


Price: €970 (includes 22% VAT, 5 days tuition (6 hours per day), life models, easels, solvents & brush cleaner, welcome aperitivo) 

Location: Florence, Italy

Eurocentres Firenze

Piazza Santo Spirito, 9
50125, Florence, Tuscany

Medium: Oil painting

Class size: 12-16


Painting Experience:


All levels welcome




This workshop is open to all levels of artist who would like to learn a unique approach to figurative painting under the guidance of Michael Carson. During this workshop, Mike will demonstrate his process and approach with painting demonstrations each morning. The afternoons will be devoted to painting, with focus on painting the nude figure from life, and multi-figure painting using reference materials.


Mike will demonstrate his techniques to simplify the figure. He will discuss the balance between representational art and instinctive design decisions which can transform an academic figure study. Mike will also encourage you to better enhance and evolve your own personal style by remaining free to manipulate the painting as you envision it.

This workshop will be made up of 5 days of painting, the evening before the workshop starts we invite participants to join us and Mike for an aperitivo on the terrace above the studio, this will give you the chance to familiarise yourself with the location and get to know eachother.

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

Michael Carson

Mike Carson is a Minnesotan oil painter and sculptor,  whose artwork can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the world. His aim is to use technique, mechanics, color and design to bring a fresh approach to the subject of the figure. "My work is first and foremost figurative studies. It's what I like to paint, my biggest challenge and my greatest payoff. My nondescript surroundings help me create a mood or a story that I am trying to relay through my painting. Inspiration comes from architectural interiors as well as fashion and my work allows me to explore this side of myself as well. I view a painting as a success when I take from it something new that follows me into my next work. It's just about learning to become a better painter."

You can see more of Mike's work here:

 Instagram: @mcarson1999

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To book a place on this workshop click 'Book Now' below. To confirm your place you will need to pay the full workshop fee or a €500 non-refundable deposit. You can choose to pay via credit card or bank transfer.

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Email us and we'll send you an information pack with the full materials list and more details about the workshop. Also included in the info pack is our list of recommended accommodation near the studio, our Florence food guide and other information to help you plan and enjoy your trip!


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