Cornelia Hernes

Since Cornelia began painting with oil in her late teens, she has been particularly interested in how to create an atmosphere and a story through rendering emotion and expression using a realist approach. Her interests within painting have expanded with time to include the serenity of still-lives, the intimacy of interiors and the archetypical power of mythological themes. Cornelia enjoys painting images that are open to personal interpretations, as well as meditative paintings that celebrate the boundless beauty of nature and life.

Cornelia achieved a Bachelors of Fine Arts from The University of Victoria, B.C, Canada in 2003. In the summer months of 2002-2004 she studied with Odd Nerdrum in Norway. Following her BFA degree, she pursued a classical realist training at The Florence Academy of Art in Italy, where she graduated in 2007. While a student at the FAA she began teaching and became a Principal Instructor after graduation. She taught at the Florence Academy of Art in Sweden from 2010-2016 and recently moved to the US where she is currently teaching at The Florence Academy of Art at Mana Contemporary.


Painting and Drawing Instructors

Simone Olivia Moritz

Simone Olivia Moritz was born in Prien am Chiemssee, Germany in 1985. In 2006 she enrolled at the Florence Academy of Art to deepen her studies and achieve the tools needed to express herself as an artist. She has been teaching at the Academy for several years and is Director for the Intensive Drawing program in Sculpture. Enriched by the international and creative environment, as well as by the beauty and history of Italy she enjoys living and working in Florence.

Jessica Leigh Artman

Jessica currently lives and works as a figurative artist is New York City. She received her BFA from Florida Southern College in 2006, an MFA from The National University of Ireland, Galway in 2010, and recently completed her 4 year Certificate of Classical drawing and painting from The Grand Central Atelier under Jacob Collins.  

Outside her formal education with Grand Central Atelier she has also studied through the Royal College of Art, London (2010), is a Hudson River Fellow, and a copyist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.  

Dedicated to arts education, Jessica has spent many years teaching others by developing their observational skills through drawing and painting from life.  Alongside developing her own work as a Resident Artist and instructor at The Grand Central Atelier and through independent workshops.   

Beginning the Fall of 2017, Jessica will be a full time instructor with the Paris Academy of Art

Railey Cooley

Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, Railey Cooley completed her BA in Art History and Studio Arts from the College of Charleston in 2013, after which she was accepted into the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, where she attended the three-year drawing and painting program in Florence, Italy, studying under Daniela Astone, Ramiro Sanchez, Richard Greathouse, Vitaly Shanko, and Daniel Graves, Simone Moritz, Tanvi Pathare, and Tom Richards. She also took extensive anatomy courses and completed the sculptural Ecorché program under Janne Jaaskelainen. 
Railey returned to the States to spend her last semester in the newly established Florence Academy of Art in New York City, under the direction of Jordan Sokol and Amaya Guirpede. In addition to the FAA, Railey participated in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Copyist Program, where her copy of Benjamin Franklin was used in the MET’s publication for 2016-2017 . Her work has been published by the MET, multiple issues of Conde Naste World of Interiors Magazine 2019, The Best of Drawing Magazine 2019, a winner in Steven Assail’sStrokes of Genius art competition 2019, and has been featured on many art platforms on Instagram. She has been a resident artist at the Nantucket Artist’s Association, Barcelona Academy of Art. 
 Gallery representation has included The Salmagundi Club (NYC), the Lanoue Gallery (Boston), the Nantucket Artist Association, The Keswick Horse Show Hall of Fame, Comer&Company, Florence Academy of Art Student Exhibition (Florence), Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art (Charleston), and Foxcroft School’s PSAG. 

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Tanvi Pathare
Born and raised in Mumbai, India,Tanvi Pathare showed a growing interest in Fine Arts since a very early age. Encouraged by family, she began her art education at the prestigious Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbai and received her Bachelors in Fine Arts (Painting) with outstanding grades, topping the University. Allured by the Realistic tradition of painting from nature, Tanvi applied and was Accepted At the Florence Academy Of Art, Florence, Italy (FAA). Here she was honored By the Best Painting Of the Year from the Intermediate Studio of the School among other awards. She taught in the Academy in their Sculpture Drawing Studio. She was awarded for her Outstanding Performance in Art in her final academic year. Tanvi presently works in a studio space in Florence while continuing to be an instructor in the Academy’s Drawing and Painting Program.

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