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Drawing the Figure from Life

Classical Figure Drawing Done in Carbon - The Academy of Realist Art

Workshop: May 26

Date: May 26, 2017 - May 28, 2017

Duration: 3 Days

Location: ARA Toronto

Instructor: Fernando Freitas

Price: 350.00

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$100.00 deposit is requested.

Please note: SPACE IS LIMITED. Registrations are not guaranteed until a deposit has been paid. If you require more information call 416-766-1280.

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Learn the art of figure drawing using our step by step method. Beginner and advanced students will benefit from this drawing workshop. Students will be working directly from  the nude using charcoal or carbon pencil. Principal ARA instructor Fernando Freitas will  teach you the basics of gesture, proportion, and morphology. Finally finishing with big  form and small form modeling. The end effect is a dramatic three dimensional figure.

About ARA Workshops

Group sizes are kept quite small, so each paticipant gets lots of one-on-one attention from our superb instructors. ARA instructors teach year round so, unlike many artists who offer summer/holiday workshops our instructors are professional teachers as well as successful award-winning artists Whether you are an award winning experienced artist or have never painted before, our instructors will tailor to your skill level.

Workshop hours

Most workshops are scheduled five days per week, Monday to Friday, with weekends free (unless otherwise noted). The hours are usually 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but will occasionally go to 5:00 p.m.


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Materials List

Sketching The Figure From Life, Materials list – Fernando Freitas


Either Carbon or Charcoal Pencils

  • Carbon – 3 or more of each: 4B, 2B and B.  Brands– Wolff’s or Conte Carbone
  • Charcoal – 3 or more of each: Hard, Medium, Soft.  Brands – Generals or Grumbacher.


  • 1 – 18X24 inches


  • Cartridge or bond paper 18X24 inches for cartoon
  • 90 – 140lb Cold Pressed Brands: Fabriano (FA5, 100/100, Artistico), Arches, Sommerset, BFK Reeves, Strathmore. FA5 and Sommerset are smoother examples, Artistico and Arches are rougher examples.


  • Sanding block
  • Knitting needle 2.5 to 3.5 mm thickness
  • Masking tape (3M brand – regular yellow)
  • Eraser – white (Staedtler) kneaded (Prang)
  • Pencil extender
  • Mahl stick (a ½ inch diameter dowel approximately 30 inches)
  • Push pins, tacks, or tape can be used to secure the paper to the board.
  • Stomps


  • Bristle – natural or synthetic filbert #2, 4, and 10
  • Soft hair – natural or synthetic filbert #2, 4, and 10

Note – do not buy expensive brushes for life drawing.