COVID-19 updates

With rising numbers of COVID cases and increasing public health measures in Ontario, we have made the difficult decision to close the doors to our physical location until February 10, 2021.

If you are interested in joining our virtual instructional programs, please contact Colleen at or 416-766-1280 to make arrangements. If you haven't studied with us before, pre-requisites may be required.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Fernando Freitas

The Director and Senior Instructor at the Academy of Realist Art, Fernando Freitas has close to 20 years of teaching experience. He also conducts drawing and painting workshops throughout North America and Europe, as well as works on portrait commissions. Most recently, his work can be seen on the hit NBC show Hannibal. Fernando has produced two highly regarded instructional DVDs: Drawing the Figure and The Bargue Drawing Companion which are available through the ARA website.