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 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.

What Can Caravaggio Teach You?



Boy with a Basket of Fruit, Michelangelo Caravaggio

ARA’s Caravaggio workshop has been a popular staple in our calendar for good reason. What makes Caravaggio’s technique stand apart from most artists is his dramatic, theatrical approach to lighting.

What you may not know is that this effect was achieved during his early painting stages through the brilliant use of a simple three-step tonal value system of the lightest lights, darkest darks and mid-tones utilizing a dark imprimatura ground.

Musicians, Caravaggio

Musicians, Michelanagelo Caravaggio

By earning this technique, artists at any level can learn first-hand a somewhat different approach to starting a painting that is very efficient and malleable.

Ultimately, learning Caravaggio’s secrets not only expands your painting vocabulary, it brings a fresh perspective to the artistic process that can be applied to any project.

Learn the stages of the Tenebrist approach used by Caravaggio with ARA Senior Instructor Fernando Freitas  In the Studios of Carravagio workshop. See you there!