The Florence Academy of Art at Mana
Founded in the birthplace of the Renaissance, a contemporary school trains students in the painting techniques of the Old Masters
American realist painter Daniel Graves established The Florence Academy of Art in 1991 as a means to provide superior instruction in classical drawing, painting, and sculpture. To complement its locations in Italy and Sweden, the institution opened its New York Metro campus at Mana in January 2015. FAA at Mana is an exact replica of the original academy in Florence, and is led by Academic Director Jordan Sokol, a graduate of the program, with painters Richard Greathouse and Amaya Gurpide as its principal instructors. Using the space’s copious natural light, students will undergo intensive figure drawing workshops over the course of their three-year curriculum. The school’s professors will have studios on-site, allowing the developing artists to benefit from watching their instructors at work.