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Portrait Drawing from Life

Classical Portrait Drawing - The Academy of Realist Art


Date: Oct 7, 2016 - Oct 9, 2016

Duration: 3 Days

Location: ARA Toronto

Instructor: Fernando Freitas

Price: 350.00

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$200.00 deposit is requested.

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This 3–day workshop focuses the steps needed to create a rendered portrait drawing from a live model. Participants will be taken through a number of shorter poses in order to acquire and practice the important preliminary steps and to break down the process. A long pose is then set for the second part of the week. Materials and techniques are covered, as are important drawing fundamentals such as form, value (or tone), shape, contour, line, etc. Students of all levels are welcome.

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Each participant 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.

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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

Portrait Drawing From a Live Model, Materials list – Fernando Freitas

You have the choice of using Graphite Pencils (2H, HB, and 2B, two of each should be purchased). Or, Charcoal – Carbon Pencils (soft, medium, and hard for either Carbon or Charcoal pencils. Purchase Generals Charcoal, or Wolfs or Conte Carbon Pencils.

  • One sheet of any white cold pressed paper will do (90 – 140 lbs).
  • Colored paper is fine just make sure it’s a neutral grey colour.
  • Kneadable and white eraser’s.
  • 2 synthetic soft hair and bristle filbert brushes (no larger than a 6, used for blending carbon or charcoal.
  • Masking tape
  • Utility knife
  • Sanding block
  • Knitting Needle (used for measuring)
  • Drawing board 18 x 24 no larger.
  • Mahl stick