The Florence Studio, Frank Rekrut and Laura Thompson began their careers in the beautiful Niagara region of Ontario. In 2010 they moved to Florence, Italy where they now have a studio in the historic center of Florence where Frank’s great grandfather and great uncle were both sculptors.
Life in Florence, Italy provides constant inspiration through the people, the architecture, the art and the history and also allows for interaction with other artists and artisans who value the traditional approaches to their craft. Frank and Laura are both classically trained artists. Their teaching academy is located right in the beautiful historic centre of Florence. The atmosphere is relaxed and the teaching informative with personalised step by step instruction for artists of all levels of experience including beginners. Most interested in exploring the human figure, Frank combines his own aesthetic with his strong academic training, the result of which is an interesting balance in a diverse variety of subjects and themes with a strong emphasis on figurative work.
Laura enjoys painting all subjects in a diversity of styles with her main focus of interest being figurative original works and portraiture. Frank and Laura have both exhibited at The Robert F Kennedy Center for Human Rights for their interest in seed sovereignty.
Frank has had the honor of having his portrait bust of Harriet Tubman at the National Historic site for the Underground Railroad in Ontario, Canada and has just rcently completed a life size bronze for the Niagara District School Board for the new Harriet Tubman Public School Frank also has a sculpture in the permanent collection of the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain -MEAM. Their works may be found in both public and private collections throughout Canada, USA, Italy, Holland, Germany and Spain.
The Art courses offered by ‘The Florence Studio’ are the following:
- Still Life Painting
- Portrait Painting
- Portrait Painting from the Live Model
- Figure Painting from the Live Model
- In the Footsteps of the Old Masters
- Figure or Portrait Sculpting in Clay from a Plaster Cast
- Figure or Portrait Sculpting in Clay from the Live Model.
Workshop & Art classes options and fees:
Enjoy a 3 hour special introduction to painting or sculpting 95 Euros/ person (All materials included).
Or choose from any of our course descriptions in sculpting or painting to suit your length of study.
3 days at 3 hours per day (265Euros/ Person).
4 days at 3 hours per day (350 Euros/ Person).
5 days at 3 hours per day (435 Euros/ Person).
10 days at 3 hours per day (865 Euros/Person).
Materials are included, just bring yourself! 🙂
Model fees (if required for some courses) are extra:
Portrait 10 Euros/hour for up to 2 students.
Figure 12 Euros/Hour divided by total no. of students.
Original casting of sculpture from original in clay into bronze or plaster is extra if required.