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Summer Workshops 2019  |  Testimonials



Come and enjoy the pleasure of studying in Florence during our Summer Workshop season in our new state-of-the-art school. Our temperature-controlled (air-conditioned) clean-air environment provides optimum comfort during the warm summer months.


For the 2019 Summer season, we will be offering the following workshops. Please click on the workshop listing for more information and to register.





CARAVAGGIO – His Late Painting Method

with Martinho Correia


17 – 28 JUNE 2019






Painting the Portrait from Life

with Martinho Correia


1 - 5 JULY 2019






Painting the Portrait from Life

with Martinho Correia


8 - 12 JULY 2019






Portraits and Still Life as Painted by the 17th-century Dutch Masters: Jan Vermeer, Judith Leyster, Jacob van Oost, Willem Kalf, Pieter von Andraat

with mÆstro Michael John Angel


1 - 12 JULY 2019






Painting from the Live Model



1 - 12 JULY 2019




Early reservations are recommended, as student numbers are purposely limited to allow for a high degree of individual attention. Register today and join us!




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Workshop Testimonials


I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I learnt skills I never read in all the art books I have read. All my questions were answered. Everyone is lovely in the school. I would like to do another workshop. Maestro is amazing. So interesting, observant and knowledgeable.


Jered is a wonderful teacher. He is so clear and concise with his instructions. I feel that I am leaving the Angel Academy with a solid foundation that I can build upon.
After painting for a long time, I now have a plan that I can follow which will I know make me a better painter.
Judy Nolan


Though the work of Caravaggio is not an easy task to replicate I found the method clear, precise, and easy to follow as laid out by the instructor, Martinho.
I also feel very able to take the valuable lessons home for application in my own studio.
Corinne Barton, Australia


Mr. Angel has a clear, structured way of teaching which gives one the confidence to advance. He is very generous with his wealth of knowledge and experience. The students that the Academy attracts are varied and interesting, making the overall experience a very positive one.

The workshop was wonderful. Michael John Angel’s clear cut and enthusiastic teaching is certainly an inspiration and I thank him most sincerely for sharing his knowledge.

Lesley Christiansen, England


I applied for this workshop after a recommendation from my Maltese teacher. My expectations from this course were twofold: learn more about the application of colour and attend a first workshop which will hopefully be the start of others. My two weeks here have, in my opinion, successfully achieved both.
What I am also taking with me is the knowledge that "real art is alive and doing well". Sharing experiences with other established and still-to-be artists from across the world has been a great joy. So thanks to the school especially Martinho for sharing his artistic skills and experiences and for making all this possible.
Paul Farrugia, Malta


Thank you so much for a really tremendous workshop. John Angel’s knowledge, understanding and generosity are a privilege to experience. I feel that I have been immensely fortunate in finding the Angel Academy and being able to put myself in the beam of your attention. I did mention Mr. Angel’s generosity as a teacher, didn’t I? I would hate to leave out the unstinting attention and focused gaze he gave to each of us every time he came to give assistance or to see how we were understanding his rich and wonderfully informative instruction.
Marilyn Bailey, England

Thanks again for the terrific workshop. I really enjoyed it and feel I learned a lot. I appreciated the introductory slide show, the structure of the class with the sequential “skill building” exercises and Mr. Angel’s helpful comments. I also appreciated his warmth and sense of humor. I think John creates a fun, supportive environment for his classes to learn in. It is obviously a very intense experience for the class members, but he makes it entertaining and fun as well.

Daralyn Peifer

In the few weeks that I had at the Academy with Mr. Angel, I gained what I consider to be a lifetime of experience. I can use the methods I learned in class, and apply them at home, continuing my studies as a painter. In fact, I was so impressed by the workshop that I have decided to join the full program!
Justine Highsmith

I spoke to {James} on Sunday and he is so enthusiastic about your course, saying he had learnt more about techniques in 1 week than he had learnt at University in 2+ years.
Sheila Page

It was such a wonderful experience for me and I sincerely want to thank you. I loved your style, your approachability, your talent, your eye and your smile – everything really!!
Lisa Schuster

Had a good time. You can take it from me that your workshop was a grand success. We took a vote.
Hank Hieftje

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