Closure alert: COVID-19 updates

Dear ARA community

We want to thank each of you for your cooperation and patience as we work together to make a difference in the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe strongly that these temporary disruptions to our normal routines will help keep the most vulnerable people in our communities safe, and lessen the strain on our healthcare system.

In accordance with Ontario's ongoing state of emergency, the Academy of Realist Art will remain closed until March 31, 2020.

The situation continues to change rapidly, but we are committed to following the advice of our public health leadership. We will update you again on March 30 with next steps, including whether the closure will be extended.

Please continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently, and be mindful of the things you touch. We also invite you to keep checking in with each other and with your extended networks to stay connected during these difficult times.

We look forward to welcoming you all back to ARA once it is safe to reopen our doors.

Discover our approach to drawing and painting in your own studio.

Now you can learn the techniques of the Old Masters online. The Academy of Realist Art is pleased to offer a new online instructional program on how to master realist drawing skills using the same step-by-step methods taught by the French academies of the 19th Century.

  • Bargue Drawing Companion

    Now you can learn the training techniques of the masters in this easy-to-follow instructional guide Drawing the Bargue, now available online or as a physical DVD on request. For the first time, artist and instructor Fernando Freitas of the internatio  read more...


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  • In the Studios of the French Academies

    Want to learn the techniques of French Academic painting but can’t make it to a workshop or can’t afford to attend in person? We have the next best thing! Learn anywhere with our online instructional video, where principal instructor Fernando Fre  read more...


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  • Drawing the Figure

    You can learn to draw from the live model using the techniques of the masters with ARA’s popular Drawing the Figure, now available online or as a physical DVD on request. Senior instructor Fernando Freitas walks you through our proven step-by-step   read more...


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