COVID-19 updates

We are thrilled to announce that we are reopening our physical location Saturday, June 27 for Open Studio under a modified schedule. We will be open Saturday 11-5 and Monday-Thursday 10-6.

Contact Colleen at info@academyofrealistart.com or 416-766-1280 to schedule an appointment so we can ensure enough physical distance between you and your neighbours. We will not accept drop-ins at this time, and we ask anyone experiencing symptoms to stay home and self-isolate.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to ARA.

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Come learn the same step-by-step methods taught in our regular program in an intensive format in our workshops. Students will learn skills in drawing and painting that can be applied to their own projects. Whether you are an experienced artist or have never painted before, our instructors will tailor to your skill level.

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    Mon 06

    In the Studios of the French Academies

    September 26, 2016 @ 10:00 am - September 8, 2022 @ 4:00 pm
    Mon 06

    Weekly Portraiture from Life (waitlist)

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    July 6 @ 3:00 pm - August 31 @ 6:00 pm
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    In the Studios of William Bouguereau

    Date : November 30, 2020 - December 4, 2020

    Instructor : Fernando Freitas

    Price : 600.00

    Duration : 5 Days

    This intensive workshop focuses on the classic 19th century academic painting style used by William Adolphe Bouguereau, considered by many to be the premier academician of his era. His impeccable drawing skills and facility in depicting form are widely admired, making his work some of the best to study to learn to paint realistically. Bouguereau’s methodology follows a series of repeatable steps, ultimately leading to a painting of the highest finish. Suitable for all levels of experience.

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    Portrait Drawing from Life

    Date : November 13, 2020 - November 15, 2020

    Instructor : Fernando Freitas

    Price : 350.00

    Duration : 3 Days

    In this 3-day portrait workshop, Principal Instructor Fernando Freitas will guide students from beginning to end in achieving a stronger likeness in capturing a portrait. He will be covering how to start with the structure of the head, focusing on proportion and placement of the features. Special attention will placed on the planes, forms, and volumes of the face. Whether a beginner or advanced artist, participants will definitely gain higher results in a more realistic portrait. Appropriate for all levels.

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    In the Studios of John Singer Sargent and His Peers

    Date : November 2, 2020 - November 6, 2020

    Instructor : Esteban Rodriguez

    Price : 600.00

    Duration : 5 Days

    This intensive 5-day workshop focuses on the classic alla prima portraiture style used by 19th century painter John Singer Sargent, one of the most influential direct painters of all time. Participants will work from copies of Sargent paintings to become familiar with the wet-into-wet technique that he used. This direct technique allows us to paint in a very quick and efficient way with expressive and realistic results. 

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    Drawing the Structure and Anatomy of the Head

    Date : September 21, 2020 - September 25, 2020

    Instructor : Esteban Rodriguez

    Price : 600.00

    Duration : 5 days

    This 5-day drawing workshop focuses on creating a solid understanding of the anatomy of the head as the base for building the structure of the portrait. Participants will be taken through a number of shorter poses, where with a lineal drawing, the construct of the head will be broken down into a series of big to small steps. The workshop will discuss the planes, proportions, and features of the face, and how these can be explained through anatomy.

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    In the Studios of Caravaggio

    Date : August 22, 2020 - August 28, 2020

    Instructor : Fernando Freitas

    Price : 750.00

    Duration : 7 Days

    Principal Instructor Fernando Freitas takes students through the stages of the Tenebrist approach to oil painting. This workshop teaches the chiaroscuro approach (which means light and dark) used by such artists as Rembrandt and Caravaggio. Working from a selected study, students learn the specific step-by-step process to achieve an exact copy, as well as gain a clear understanding of the principles of oil painting, and the best techniques and materials to use. Suitable for all levels of experience.

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    Weekly Portraiture from Life (waitlist)

    Date : July 6, 2020 - August 31, 2020

    Instructor : Ryan Gauvin

    Price : 650.00

    Duration : 9 Days

    **The workshop is now SOLD OUT – please email info@academyofrealistart.com with your name and phone number to join our waitlist** In this 9-session portrait workshop, Senior Instructor Ryan Gauvin will guide students from beginning to end in achieving a stronger likeness in capturing a portrait. Students can choose to draw or paint. Appropriate for all levels.

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