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 Stephen Early - Figurative Painting

Dates: 4-8 November, 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

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

Stephen Early Painting

This 5 day workshop will focus on the fundamental principles essential to achieve a convincing three-dimensional representation of the human figure in oils. These principles will be analyzed in a logical sequence beginning with gesture and continuing through to the study of color and its effect on the figure and its environment. 


Participants will establish the importance of prioritizing the use of structure and anatomy to accurately build a solid foundation and successfully orchestrate form and color relationships. These principles are analyzed through a series of exercises beginning with gesture and block-ins continuing through to a long pose with the opportunity to apply the principles practiced. Utilizing short poses offers the opportunity to rapidly prioritize the information necessary for each stage. Moving through to a longer pose provides the opportunity to methodically develop accurate proportion, structure, value range and form. The workshop is highlighted with demonstrations of these methods and concepts accompanied by question and answer sessions. The workshop format accommodates students of all levels who enjoy working from life.


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

Stephen Early

Stephen Early is a classically trained figure and portrait painter from Philadelphia, who has received many awards for his work. Stephen has been a principal instructor of the core program at Nelson Shanks’s school 'Studio Incamminati' in Philadelphia, since it's inception in 2003. He has been an integral part of teaching and designing the Intensive and Advanced Painting Workshops at Studio Incamminati, Armory Arts Center Workshops in West Palm Beach, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Workshop, and the New York Academy of Fine Arts Workshop.

You can see more of Stephen's work here:


 Instagram: @stephenearly_studio


We invite you to join us and Stephen for a welcome aperitivo near the studio on Sunday 3rd November, giving you the chance to familiarize yourself with the location and get to know each other. Classes will start on Monday 4th November and continue until Friday 8th November. 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.


To be confirmed.

We will provide easels, solvents & brush cleaners.  


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 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: 4-8 November, 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.

If you have any questions about the workshop, or about the registration and payment process, please email us at

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