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 info@academyofrealistart.com 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.

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Come learn the same step-by-step methods taught in our regular program in an intensive format in our workshops. Students will learn skills in drawing and painting that can be applied to their own projects. Whether you are an experienced artist or have never painted before, our instructors will tailor to your skill level.

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    Tue 04

    In the Studios of the French Academies

    September 26, 2016 @ 10:00 am - September 8, 2022 @ 4:00 pm
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    Weekly Portraiture from Life (waitlist)

    $200
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    July 6 @ 3:00 pm - August 31 @ 6:00 pm
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    In the Studios of Caravaggio

    $200
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    August 22 @ 10:00 am - August 28 @ 4:00 pm
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    In the Studios of William Bouguereau

    Date : November 30, 2020 - December 4, 2020

    Instructor : Fernando Freitas

    Price : 600.00

    Duration : 5 Days

    This intensive workshop focuses on the classic 19th century academic painting style used by William Adolphe Bouguereau, considered by many to be the premier academician of his era. His impeccable drawing skills and facility in depicting form are widely admired, making his work some of the best to study to learn to paint realistically. Bouguereau’s methodology follows a series of repeatable steps, ultimately leading to a painting of the highest finish. Suitable for all levels of experience.

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    Portrait Drawing from Life

    Date : November 13, 2020 - November 15, 2020

    Instructor : Fernando Freitas

    Price : 350.00

    Duration : 3 Days

    In this 3-day portrait workshop, Principal Instructor Fernando Freitas will guide students from beginning to end in achieving a stronger likeness in capturing a portrait. He will be covering how to start with the structure of the head, focusing on proportion and placement of the features. Special attention will placed on the planes, forms, and volumes of the face. Whether a beginner or advanced artist, participants will definitely gain higher results in a more realistic portrait. Appropriate for all levels.

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    In the Studios of John Singer Sargent and His Peers

    Date : November 2, 2020 - November 6, 2020

    Instructor : Esteban Rodriguez

    Price : 600.00

    Duration : 5 Days

    This intensive 5-day workshop focuses on the classic alla prima portraiture style used by 19th century painter John Singer Sargent, one of the most influential direct painters of all time. Participants will work from copies of Sargent paintings to become familiar with the wet-into-wet technique that he used. This direct technique allows us to paint in a very quick and efficient way with expressive and realistic results. 

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    Drawing the Structure and Anatomy of the Head

    Date : September 21, 2020 - September 25, 2020

    Instructor : Esteban Rodriguez

    Price : 600.00

    Duration : 5 days

    This 5-day drawing workshop focuses on creating a solid understanding of the anatomy of the head as the base for building the structure of the portrait. Participants will be taken through a number of shorter poses, where with a lineal drawing, the construct of the head will be broken down into a series of big to small steps. The workshop will discuss the planes, proportions, and features of the face, and how these can be explained through anatomy.

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    In the Studios of Caravaggio

    Date : August 22, 2020 - August 28, 2020

    Instructor : Fernando Freitas

    Price : 750.00

    Duration : 7 Days

    Principal Instructor Fernando Freitas takes students through the stages of the Tenebrist approach to oil painting. This workshop teaches the chiaroscuro approach (which means light and dark) used by such artists as Rembrandt and Caravaggio. Working from a selected study, students learn the specific step-by-step process to achieve an exact copy, as well as gain a clear understanding of the principles of oil painting, and the best techniques and materials to use. Suitable for all levels of experience.

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    Weekly Portraiture from Life (waitlist)

    Date : July 6, 2020 - August 31, 2020

    Instructor : Ryan Gauvin

    Price : 650.00

    Duration : 9 Days

    **The workshop is now SOLD OUT – please email info@academyofrealistart.com with your name and phone number to join our waitlist** In this 9-session portrait workshop, Senior Instructor Ryan Gauvin will guide students from beginning to end in achieving a stronger likeness in capturing a portrait. Students can choose to draw or paint. Appropriate for all levels.

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    Still Life Painting at Home (waitlist)

    Date : June 22, 2020 - June 28, 2020

    Instructor : Esteban Rodriguez

    Price : 450.00

    Duration : 7 Days

    This virtual workshop introduces students to an efficient approach called direct painting: a synthesis of techniques that allows for efficiency of execution, but without compromising any of the principles of quality, craftsmanship, and draftsmanship. The workshop will include lots of video demonstrations and critiques through Zoom video conferencing. The direct method allows the artist to explore all aspects of painting, including paint quality, warm and cool tones, expressive brushwork, accuracy of shape, form and colour, etc.

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    Bargue Drawing at Home (waitlist)

    Date : June 8, 2020 - June 14, 2020

    Instructor : Fernando Freitas

    Price : 375.00

    Duration : 7 Days

    In this virtual workshop, you will be guided from beginning to end on how to get the most out of the Bargue Drawing Course with lots of video demonstrations and group and one-on-one critiques through Zoom video conferencing. Working from a selected study, students learn the specific step-by-step process to achieve an exact copy and gain a clear understanding of the visual language that all artists need to know. All levels of skill are welcome.

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    Old Masters Painting from Home (waitlist)

    Date : May 25, 2020 - June 3, 2020

    Instructor : Fernando Freitas

    Price : 450.00

    Duration : 10 days

    **The workshop is now SOLD OUT – please email us to join our waitlist** Principal Instructor Fernando Freitas takes students through the stages of painting in the tradition of the old masters in this virtual workshop, with lots of video demonstrations and critiques through Zoom. Working from a selected study, students learn the specific step-by-step process to achieve an exact copy, as well as gain a clear understanding of the principles of oil painting, and the best techniques and materials to use.

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    Old Masters Painting from Home (waitlist)

    Date : May 11, 2020 - May 20, 2020

    Instructor : Fernando Freitas

    Price : 450.00

    Duration : 10 days

    *This session is now sold out. Email us to join the waitlist* Principal Instructor Fernando Freitas takes students through the stages of painting in the tradition of the old masters in this virtual workshop, with lots of video demonstrations and critiques through Zoom. Working from a selected study, students learn the specific step-by-step process to achieve an exact copy, as well as gain a clear understanding of the principles of oil painting, and the best techniques and materials to use.

    Learn more

    Alla Prima Portrait Painting

    Date : April 17, 2020 - April 19, 2020

    Instructor : Esteban Rodriguez

    Price : 350.00

    Duration : 3 Days

    This 3-day workshop is an introduction to the Alla Prima method, which means “all at once.” This is a method that has to be done in one section, wet-into-wet, where each brushstroke counts. Using this approach, artists can develop a better vocabulary of paint and brush handling toward achieving expressive, yet realistic portraits in a more immediate way. Participants will execute one sketch each day throughout the week, from a range of different points using live models. This course is suitable for all levels.

    Learn more

    In the Studios of John Singer Sargent and His Peers

    Date : February 17, 2020 - February 21, 2020

    Instructor : Esteban Rodriguez

    Price : 600.00

    Duration : 5 Days

    This intensive 5-day workshop focuses on the classic alla prima portraiture style used by 19th century painter John Singer Sargent, one of the most influential direct painters of all time. Participants will work from copies of Sargent paintings to become familiar with the wet-into-wet technique that he used. This direct technique allows us to paint in a very quick and efficient way with expressive and realistic results. 

    Learn more

    Portrait Drawing from Life

    Date : January 24, 2020 - January 26, 2020

    Instructor : Fernando Freitas

    Price : 350.00

    Duration : 3 Days

    In this 3-day portrait workshop, Principal Instructor Fernando Freitas will guide students from beginning to end in achieving a stronger likeness in capturing a portrait. He will be covering how to start with the structure of the head, focusing on proportion and placement of the features. Special attention will placed on the planes, forms, and volumes of the face. Whether a beginner or advanced artist, participants will definitely gain higher results in a more realistic portrait. Appropriate for all levels.

    Learn more

    In the Studios of William Bouguereau

    Date : December 9, 2019 - December 13, 2019

    Instructor : Fernando Freitas

    Price : 600.00

    Duration : 5 Days

    This intensive workshop focuses on the classic 19th century academic painting style used by William Adolphe Bouguereau, considered by many to be the premier academician of his era. His impeccable drawing skills and facility in depicting form are widely admired, making his work some of the best to study to learn to paint realistically. Bouguereau’s methodology follows a series of repeatable steps, ultimately leading to a painting of the highest finish. Suitable for all levels of experience.

    Learn more

    Still Life Painting

    Date : November 22, 2019 - November 24, 2019

    Instructor : Esteban Rodriguez

    Price : 350.00

    Duration : 3 Days

    This 3-day workshop introduces an expressive, efficient approach to painting called direct painting. The direct method allows the artist to explore all aspects of painting, including warm and cool tones, expressive brushwork, accuracy of shape, form and colour, etc. It synthesizes the layering and glazing methods used by most old masters, and the modern alla prima style that features wet-into-wet paint application, lending efficiency without compromising quality or draftsmanship. Students will also learn principles of composition, selecting and setting up objects to paint.

    Learn more

    Alla Prima Portrait Painting

    Date : October 25, 2019 - October 27, 2019

    Instructor : Esteban Rodriguez

    Price : 350.00

    Duration : 3 Days

    This 3-day workshop is an introduction to the Alla Prima method, which means “all at once.” This is a method that has to be done in one section, wet-into-wet, where each brushstroke counts. Using this approach, artists can develop a better vocabulary of paint and brush handling toward achieving expressive, yet realistic portraits in a more immediate way. Participants will execute one sketch each day throughout the week, from a range of different points using live models. This course is suitable for all levels.

    Learn more

    Sketching the Figure from Life

    Date : October 11, 2019 - October 13, 2019

    Instructor : Fernando Freitas

    Price : 350.00

    Duration : 3 Days

    Learn the art of figure drawing using our step-by-step method. Beginner and advanced students will benefit from this drawing workshop. Students will be working directly from the nude using charcoal or carbon pencil. Principal instructor Fernando Freitas will teach the basics of gesture, proportion, and morphology. Students will then finish their drawings with big form and small form modeling. The end effect is a dramatic three-dimensional figure.

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    Drawing the Structure and Anatomy of the Head

    Date : September 16, 2019 - September 20, 2019

    Instructor : Esteban Rodriguez

    Price : 600.00

    Duration : 5 days

    This 5-day drawing workshop focuses on creating a solid understanding of the anatomy of the head as the base for building the structure of the portrait. Participants will be taken through a number of shorter poses, where with a lineal drawing, the construct of the head will be broken down into a series of big to small steps. The workshop will discuss the planes, proportions, and features of the face, and how these can be explained through anatomy.

    Learn more

    In the Studios of Caravaggio

    Date : August 24, 2019 - August 30, 2019

    Instructor : Fernando Freitas

    Price : 750.00

    Duration : 7 Days

    Principal Instructor Fernando Freitas takes students through the stages of the Tenebrist approach to oil painting. This workshop teaches the chiaroscuro approach (which means light and dark) used by such artists as Rembrandt and Caravaggio. Working from a selected study, students learn the specific step-by-step process to achieve an exact copy, as well as gain a clear understanding of the principles of oil painting, and the best techniques and materials to use. Suitable for all levels of experience.

    Learn more

    Alla Prima Figure Painting

    Date : July 26, 2019 - July 28, 2019

    Instructor : Shane Wolf

    Price : 450.00

    Duration : 3 Days

    This workshop will focus on alla prima figure painting in oil from the live model. Students will explore many short pose sketches in oil (10-23 minute poses) as well as longer poses of several hours for a more completed painting. Emphasis will be on accurate colour use, paint handling and palette management. Participants will explore the efficiency and strength of alla prima painting and learn new aspects of paint handling and finish in their alla prima work.

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