Monday, November 14, 2011

Sketching in Tuscany is Moving to Montrèal!!

After four great years of drawing and painting classes in Florence, my wife and I (and our dog) are picking up and moving to Montrèal in Quebec, Canada. I plan to continue with private individualized lessons as well as museum sketching lessons, so if you plan to be in Montrèal or know anyone who is going to be there and would like to have some sketching time in the city, feel free to contact me at ...see you in Montrèal!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Group of families from Santa Barbara

Just recently I had the wonderful pleasure of conducting a lesson with a group of families visiting from Santa Barbara, California. Our lesson was in the great open-air classroom of the Loggia dei Lanzi next to Piazza Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio, the Florence 'city hall' since medieval times. The group was varied in age, from four years old to bigger 'kids'. We all had a great time sketching, and also trying out some watercolors, too! Here are some comments:

"This experience with Mike was truly fabulous. My four year old son, ten year old daughter and her friends and the moms all learned and enjoyed the sketching. We will look at things with a fresh pair of eyes and notice shapes and dimensions. I will continue to keep the sketch pad and pencil at hand as we travel. Thank you!"

"It was fun because I got to use the Japanese pen. Thank you."

"I loved it! I learned a lot. It was the perfect way to start our tour of "looking" around and "seeing" Florence. Thank you."

"I liked how you worked on a piece of art with us. I love my tower."

"What a great way to slow down in Florence. Thank you"

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

NUOVO corso di 8 sett. di Disegno Veloce della Figura / NEW 8-week Quick Figure Sketching course

Cari Amici, a partire 9 aprile comincerò un nuovo corso di Disegno Veloce della Figura, da modello. Il corso corre 8 settimane e finisce il 4 giugno. Il costo è €200. Se vuoi partecipare, mandami un email o chiamami a 331 881 5605 Non c'è bisogno avere esperienza precedente con il disegno

Dear Friends, starting on April 9th I will be offering a new course, 'Quick Figure Sketching', from the model. The course will run eight weeks and finish on June 4th. The cost is €200. If you'd like to participate, send me an email or call me on 331 881 5605 No previous drawing experience is necessary or required.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

'Disegno in Città' al Museo Archeologico / 'Sketching in the City' lesson at the Archeology Museum

Ci siamo divertiti tanto a disegnare al Museo Archeologico questo sabato...ecco alcuni commenti e foto!
We had a great time drawing at the Archeology Museum this are some comments and photos!

The class was great, really enjoyed it. The tips and personal one-on-one advice was very helpful. The information/demo was very useful in regards to the steps in sketching. I was definitely able to reconsider perspective choices when choosing what to draw with the advice I was given. I would be more than happy to take more classes. Also beneficial - the small number of students made it very easy and more personal. Thank you!

I enjoyed today’s lesson. I thought it was productive in that it got me sketching again. I liked the location and the lesson/demo that Mike gave at the beginning
was helpful. I would definitely take another class. Thank you!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Palazzo Strozzi Thursday Evening Sketching / Giovedì Sera Sketch a Palazzo Strozzi

In November I began collaborating with Palazzo Strozzi to offer a new series of sketching lessons in the galleries. So far there have been two lessons for the Bronzino show, the first focusing on drawing the face, and the second on drawing the human figure. Both lessons were attended to capacity, with a maximum of 15 participants. The reviews were great and everyone really enjoyed the experience...especially me! It is a true honor to teach in this incredibly inspiring setting. The third lesson for the Bronzino show will be focused on drawing the draped figure, and will be held on Thursday, January 13th from 8pm to 10pm. To make a reservation for this lesson, please send an email to

A novembre comincai a collaborare con Palazzo Strozzi per offrire una nuova serie di lezioni di sketch nelle gallerie. Finora sono stati due lezioni per la mostra di Bronzino, la prima concentrato sul tema di disegnare il volto e la seconda su come disegnare la figura umana. Entrambi lezioni erano frequentati al capacità massima, con 15 partecipanti. Le recensioni erano molto positivi e tutti sono piaciuti la esperienza...più che altro io! E' una vera onore insegnare in questo posto incredibilmente ispirante. La terza lezione per la mostra di Bronzino si focalizzarà su disegnare la figura drappeggiata, e sarà tenuta giovedì il 13 gennaio dalle 20.00 alle 22.00. Per prenotare per la lezione, manda un email a

Here are a few photos and comments from the first lessons...
Ecco alcune foto e commenti dalle prime due lezioni...

Simply great! Very useful and positive. Mike is very friendly and he teaches really well. I'm really glad to be part of this drawing program and to know Mike Wiesmeier. Thank you so much!

Disegnare è rilassante. E' molto difficile cogliere l'espressione del volto e molto soddisfacente quando ci si avvicina almeno! Grazie a Mike perchè le sue spiegazioni sono illuminanti e si percepisce la sua grande passione. Veramente eccezionale!

Mike Wiesmeier's "Palazzo Strozzi Sketching on Thursdays" was an excellent learning experience! He is a wonderful teacher and explained various concepts in a very simple manner. I look forward to the next lesson and would highly recommend it to anyone.

E' stato una lezione molto interessante e divertente, in cui Mike ci ha spiegato molto bene la struttura e anatomia del corpo. Ci ha spiegato molto bene di vedere la figura più fluida e stutturata di piccoli cilindri che aiuta molto a disegnare meglio. Sarò contenta di tornare e partecipare a la lezione di gennaio!

I enjoyed the event and would definitely come back. This was the first lesson I took with this drawing class and I already can tell you that I learned a lot. Hopefully after taking a few more classes with you my drawing skills will improve greatly. I look forward to your next class.

Una lezione davvero interassante in così poco tempo Mike è riuscito a trasmetterci la tecnica ed il metodo giusto per cogliere i dettagli e le proporzioni della figura umana. Io che sono così negata per il disegno sono riuscita a tirare fuori molto e questo mi ha reso contenta! Grazie Mike!

Grazie, grazie, grazie per la cura, le attenzioni durante il disegno che è sempre fonte di ansia. Questa volta invece, prima di tutto, guardavo la struttura...sono contentissima di essere stata qui!