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.

Composing Compelling Still Life Paintings

Realist Painting by Toronto Academy of Realist Art School. 4th level based on 19th Century French Academies

Lisa Qiu – Tea Time
4th Level Tenebrist Still Life Painting Oil on Canvas


Composing a compelling still life has both challenges and incredible rewards – a beautiful painting that is pleasing to the human eye and harmonious in arrangement. In this new podcast episode, ARA instructor Juan Martinez shares how you can create great still life compositions just like the Old Masters.