COVID-19 updates

Our physical location has reopened and regular operating hours have resumed! Students are welcome to join us for Open Studio on Saturdays 11-5, Mondays 10-9, and Thursdays 10-4. Figure Classes will be held Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1-4 and 6-9.

Contact Colleen at 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.

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.