Decorative Arts Schools in Florence

There are so many artisans in Florence, it's almost impossible to choose between them all without our handy list of decorative and craft art institutions, including: jewelry, goldsmithry, engraving, ceramics, leather work, glass work, batik, book art, furniture design, pottery, mosaic, framing, etching, lithography, weaving, printmaking, illustration, and serigraphy.

Decorative Arts Schools in Florence

ALCHIMIA - Contemporary Jewellery School in Firenze


Piazza Piattellina 3/r, Firenze FI 50124 ITALY
tel/fax: +39 055 2396154


Alchimia is uniquely positioned in one of the most beautiful cities in the world: Florence.

Alchimia is in the heart of the San Frediano neighborhood, in the lively Oltrarno district, where it is still possible to find workshops and businesses that reflect the very best of Italian artisan creativity: from the oldest silk workshop, still active after more than 200 years, to the master in-layers of wood and semi-precious stones, to the many goldsmiths, workshops for restoration, and leatherworkers  making shoes and accessories to measure.

Alchimia is a nexus where all of these influences converge, where the air is infused with the Art and Beauty that surrounds the school, where different nationalities and cultures meet: A BEATING HEART where curiosity and the desire for knowledge make the personal and artistic development of each student not only possible, but also natural.

Le Arti Orafe Jewelery School

Via dei Serragli, 104/124 - 50124 Firenze
Phone: + 39 055 22 80 131
Fax: +39 055 22 80 163
Academy & Gallery - Via S. Andrea, 33 - 55110 Lucca
Phone/Fax: +39 0583 46 42 33 

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Conceived and founded in Florence in 1985 by Giò Carbone, Le Arti Orafe is a prestigious private Italian school for contemporary jewelery and engraving, born along original lines that combine technical training, artistic research and contemporary design.

The school offers a wide range of courses, from which the students can choose that most suited to their training requirements.

From the first day of the course the students work with silver and stones, of which they have a huge store available. All materials are included in the fees, and students keep all the jewelery they make, except for one piece which remains at the School.

Accademia Riaci - Art, Design, Language Arts, Culinary Arts

Via de' Conti, 4 - 50129 Firenze
Phone: +39 055 289 831
Fax: +39 055 212 791 

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Accademia Riaci is an Academy of Art and Design in the heart of Florence, Italy - Europe's eternal capital of the Renaissance - founded in 1983 by our Honorary President and Italy's leading jewelry artisan & sculptor, Maestro Raymond Riachi.

Courses include leather working, jewelry, ceramics, glass work, in addition to design, restoration, cooking, painting, drawing, and Italian language.
The Maestro's mission was to enlighten young artists with a blend of classical and the latest ultra modern techniques, challenging each student to fully develop their artistic potential, creativity, and originality.

Metallo Nobile Design & Technical Jewelery School

Via Toscanella, 28r - 50125 Florence Italy
Phone: +39 055 2396966
Fax: +39 055 280 800

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The Metallo Nobile school was established in 1998 and is located in the old part of Florence a stone's throw from the Ponte Vecchio, in the arts and crafts quarter.

The school premises are in a historic building with classrooms for drawing and designing both by hand and by computer, and a large, fully-equipped workshop with individual professional workbenches, and the instruments and tools needed for the various specialisations like engraving, casting, setting, chiseling, embossing, wax modeling, fretwork, as well as machinery for complete-cycle casting.

Lorenzo De' Medici Italian International Institute 

Via Faenza, 43 - 50123 Firenze, Italia
Ph: +39 055 283142 / +39 055 287203 / +39 055 287360
Fax: +39 055 289514 / +39 055 2398920

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30 years of International Education

Founded in 1973, the school was one of the very first in Florence to specialize in the teaching of Italian as a foreign language. Situated right in the historic centre and housed in a former convent dating back to the medieval period (the adjacent thirteenth century church of San Jacopo Corbolini is integrated into the school complex) the LdM provides a wide range of modern conveniences such as a cafeteria, air-conditioning, reading/computer rooms and an attractive courtyard garden.

In affiliation with The Art Institute of Florence, we offer a wide range of Studio Art courses at all levels including Jewelry Design, Printmaking, Ceramics, in addition to painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, theater, music, dance, fine art restoration, interior, graphic and fashion design, cooking, film and multimedia.

The school guarantees high-quality teaching and services provided: we are authorized by the MINISTRY OF PUBLIC EDUCATION and are members of the following associations and federations: ASILS, FEDE, FIYTO, EAIE, ALTO, ELIA.

SACI Studio Arts College International

Palazzo dei Cartelloni
Via Sant’Antonino, 11 - 50123 Firenze, Italy
Phone: +39 055 289 948
Fax: +39 055 2776 408

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Course in batik, ceramics, book art, furniture design, etching, lithography, weaving, printmaking, and serigraphy,  as well as many other in the fine, conservation, performance, visual, liberal and decorative arts; design; and Italian language.

SACI's mission is to provide a unique, life-enhancing study-abroad experience in the center of Florence for students of both traditional and contemporary studio arts and design by offering:
Direct access to centuries of Florentine and Italian culture;
A wide range of art and design studio and complementary academic courses of outstanding quality;
The opportunity to be part of an institution engaged in leading areas of research and exploration;
The unparalleled opportunity to interact with the Florentine community through a variety of social and humanitarian programs

La Bottega dell'Acquaforte - Design School in Florence

Via Chiantigiana, 3r - 50126 Firenze
Phone: +39 055 6820668
Cell: +39 338 3490895
Fax: +39 055 6820668 

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Workshop "La Bottega dell'Acquaforte" of Master Massimo Baicchi was born in Florence in the '80's as an Atelier. Here, study, research, mystical concentration and emotional expression concur to form the inspiration that produces a "Work of art".

In the atelier, Baicchi produces works of ceramics, printings, etchings, engraving, in addition to contemporary art of painting and sculpture.

The office "La Bottega dell'Acquaforte" of Florence is its own artisan workshop carrying out paintings, frames, frescoes, ceramics and printings on demand.

Firenze Arte Visive - School of Fine Arts

Phone: (+39) 055 246 6868
Mobile: (+39) 334 902 9153
Fax: (+39) 055 246 6868

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Firenze Arti Visive School of Fine Arts was shaped by artists as an innovative studio arts and Italian culture program bringing forth new ideas and different approaches to living and learning in Florence, Italy. Through our dynamic exhibitions and visiting artists programs, we educate and encourage students who will become working artists of significance in local and global culture.

We offer courses in printmaking, etching, lithography, letterpress, hand press, book works, and typography in addition to painting, drawing, Italian studies and language, video, photography, and digital media.

Fondazione Il Bisonte - For the Study of Printmaking

Via San Niccolo' 24/r - 50125 Firenze
Phone: +39 055 234 2585
Fax: +39 055 234 6768

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The International School of Specialisation in Printmaking ‘Il Bisonte’ offers courses in the traditional techniques of printmaking, following the old tradition of artistic skills and craftsmanship of the printing workshop established in 1959.

The School puts at the disposal of its students tools, stella presses - at which over two hundred contemporary artists have worked - a three-thousand-volume library, photographic archives with thousands of slides and colour photographs, and the archives of works carried out in the stamperia and school.

Studio Giambo - School of Ceramics, Art, Languages and Italian Culture

Corso de Tintori n°6 - Firenze
Phone: +39 333 934 4636
Mobile: +39 328 902 6437

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Studio Giambo, a cultural Association, was founded in Florence in 1976 by a group of Italian and foreign artists with the aim of promoting the development of research in art, particularly in the field of Ceramics and Traditional Florentine fine arts.

Studio Giambo offers a wide variety of art courses in historic downtown Florence, for beginners, intermediate and advanced. First class facilities, and instruction by qualified, certified professionals. Classes are in small groups, which ensures in-depth study of subject chosen in an ideal instructor-student team-work atmosphere.

Studio Giambo has over 35 years of research and teaching in the field of traditional Florentine arts. Courses offered include techniques of modern mosaic, glass, ceramics, majolica and either Florentine or modern pottery in addition to fashion, Italian language, drawing, painting and sculpture.

Scuola di Ceramica del Centro Sperimentale

Via Antonio Gramsci, 8 -  Montelupo (FI)

Phone: 05711590007

Mobile: 375 6468324

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The new School of Ceramics is an integral part of the Experimental Ceramic Center of Montelupo Fiorentino and was born in 2018 by making all the teaching experience of the School already open in 1983 its own. The school, with its 1000 square meters of laboratories, is equipped with all the equipment needed for ceramic production. Here, high quality training is guaranteed, where craftsmanship and enterprises, tradition and innovation meet. Thanks to the high technical professionalism and teaching staff from the production world and from the University, it is able to transmit all the theoretical and technical-practical knowledge necessary to keep this fundamental art of the artisan and artistic sector alive. The numerous courses on the program are aimed at students with various levels of knowledge of the ceramic process. Beginners will be able to try and experiment the creation of objects with professional techniques, while experts can request specialized updates on the entire production cycle. In each course, the specific knowledge of the ceramic production cycle is deepened, learning the most appropriate techniques and technologies necessary for the realization of professional-level objects and artefacts. The student will learn how to make ceramics by acquiring a broad and complete vision that allows him to work in the sector and deal with the professional and artistic world. The School also collaborates with the major local institutes for the promotion and enhancement of traditional and contemporary ceramic art, participates in exhibitions and events and organizes workshops dedicated to contemporary ceramic art and design.

O.M.G. Ceramica a Montughi

*Website in Italian
Via di Montughi, 55 - 50139 Firenze
Phone: +39 055 4625005

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La Scuola Laboratorio di ceramica di Villa Guicciardini a Montughi ha radici ben lontane, quando, a sostegno di alcuni minori svantaggiati accolti nell'Opera Madonnina del Grappa ma emarginati dalla scuola pubblica, fu creata una casa-scuola sperimentale in modo da far conseguire il diploma di terza media, privilegiando l'educazione artistica.

Grazie all'apporto artistico di maestri di elevata professionalità, il laboratorio ha raggiunto un altissimo livello riuscendo ogni anno ad esporre i propri capolavori in prestigiose sale di Firenze e di altre città d'Italia ed a partecipare a numerose mostre mercato in occasione di fiere, feste patronali o mostre dell'artigianato.

Accademia Europa di Firenze

Via Roma, 4 - 50123 Florence Italy
Phone: + 39 055 21 15 99 

Fax: + 39 055 239 99 94

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Situated right in the heart of historic Florence, literally feet away from the Cathedral, the school is dedicated to teaching Italian language and culture. Because of its fantastic location, AEF participates actively in the city's diverse cultural activities, creating an atmosphere of spontaneous and pleasant interaction between Italians and foreigners.

We offer courses in ceramics and refurbishing, as well as Italian language, arts, music, food and culture courses.

Centro Machiavelli

Piazza Santo Spirito, 4 - 50125 Florence
Phone: +39 0552396966
Fax: +39 055280800
Skype: centro.machiavelli

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In the neighbourhoods of Santo Spirito and San Frediano art and artisan workshops still operate, producing objects and artifacts which are the fruit of refined workmanship and techniques that have been handed down for centuries. In the interest of promoting this inheritance, in collaboration with Florentine artists and artisans, we re offering a vast range of courses which allow participants to refine or learn artistic techniques by working in direct contact with these professionals in their workshops.

Our programme has individual and group courses varying from one to six months. Days and hours involved will be arranged according to the reciprocal needs of both craftsmen and participants.

We offer jewelry and costume jewelry; pottery; Florentine mosaic and marbled paper; leather work (bags, belts and shoes); inlay; glass, textile, and wood decoration; antique paper and book restoration; window dressing; glass work; gliding; picture framing; bookbinding; in addition to painting, drawing, sculpture, restoration, cooking, Italian language, music, and history of art classes.

Centro Studi Arti Minori Decorative e Industriale

Via di Vincigliata, 4 - 50014 Fiesole
Phone: +39 055 59174

Scuola Internazionale d'Arte Ceramica - Ceramic school in Florence

Via Bolognese Nuova, 7 - 50139 Firenze
Phone: +39 055 400 233