Since the ICAA Florida Chapter’s founding, educational programs have been an integral part of our mission to advance the contemporary practice and appreciation of the classical tradition. From drawing the classical orders, to ink wash rendering and watercolor, and proportions courses, education is a vital component of the Chapter’s programming each year.

The educational programs are created with the intention of making them accessible for classical enthusiasts of all backgrounds. Additionally, many of our courses also qualify as continuing education for architects who are registered with the AIA. Many of the classes also apply towards the 100 credit hours one needs to earn the Certificate in Classical Architecture from the Institute. More information on the certificate program can be found here. Whether you are an architect, a design professional, an artist, or an individual with a passion for classical architecture and the allied arts, we hope you will find a course that inspires you here.

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#ICAAFourthofJuly: The Statue of Liberty Sketching Social, Hosted by the Florida Chapter

July 1 - July 6

The Statue of Liberty Sketching Social ICCA

Hosted Jointly by the Chicago, Florida, North Carolina, Rocky Mountain, Southeast, Southern California, and Texas Chapters

This week the Chicago, Florida, North Carolina, Rocky Mountain, Southeast, Southern California, and Texas Chapters join together for a uniform sketching subject!


The creation of the Statue of Liberty was inclusive of some of the world’s most iconic visionaries: Édouard de Laboulaye (the “Father of the Statue of Liberty” who provided the idea that would become the Statue), Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi (the French artist who designed the Statue of Liberty), Eugène Viollet-le-Duc (the original architect hired to design a support structure for the Statue), Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel (the architect and engineer who replaced Viollet-le-Duc to design the Statue’s internal support) and Richard Morris Hunt (the famous American architect who attended the Ecole des Beaux Art and who designed the pedestal under the Statue’s feet). After two years of design and multiple rejected proposals, Hunt’s final pedestal design was approved in 1884. The Neo-Classical granite pedestal, completed on April 22, 1886, was designed to sit within the star shaped structure of Fort Wood, an old army base located in the bay from the 19th century. The truncated pyramid sits 154 feet high, extends 15 feet below ground and is inclusive of eleven interior levels. Each of the four facades are uniform and deliberately include muted details as to not divert attention from the statue.

Some of the notable architectural details include: Doric columns, Aztec motifs, and simple round disks above each pediment which were originally intended to bear each state’s coat of arms but this was never completed. The pedestal is topped with an observation platform placed by Bartholdi above which the statue itself rises. Sources: National Park Service, Library of Congress.


Send your completed sketch to Chapter director Anne Finch or DM/tag on Instagram @icaaflorida by Monday, July 6 at noon.


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