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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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    Mon 21

    Portrait Painting from a Photo

    $200
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    January 21 @ 10:00 am - January 25 @ 4:00 pm
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    Alla Prima Portrait Painting

    Date: Jun 17, 2019 - Jun 21, 2019

    Duration: 5 Days

    Instructor: Esteban Rodriguez

    Price: 600.00

    This 5-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.

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    Figure Painting from Life

    Date: Jun 10, 2019 - Jun 14, 2019

    Duration: 5 days

    Instructor: Fernando Freitas

    Price: 600.00

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

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    Sketching the Figure from Life

    Date: May 24, 2019 - May 26, 2019

    Duration: 3 Days

    Instructor: Fernando Freitas

    Price: 350.00

    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: May 6, 2019 - May 10, 2019

    Duration: 5 days

    Instructor: Esteban Rodriguez

    Price: 600.00

    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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    Rembrandt and his School

    Date: Apr 22, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019

    Duration: 5 Days

    Instructor: Juan Martinez

    Price: 650.00

    Rembrandt and his school re-wrote the art and craft of oil painting in the 17th century and beyond, and it is beneficial today for any artist to do a master copy from that period. Rembrandt was a complete painter, fluidly employing methods ranging from classic indirect, to direct, and even to what can be likened to sculpting with paint. His approach was efficient yet endlessly expressive, and copying Rembrandt gives painters a deeper understanding of oil painting and its possibilities.

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    Classical Portrait Painting

    Date: Apr 8, 2019 - Apr 12, 2019

    Duration: 5 days

    Instructor: Esteban Rodriguez

    Price: 600.00

    This 5-day workshop focuses on a head-and-shoulders portrait study painted from a live model using a “classical” academic approach. There will be a single, long-term sitting for the duration of the workshop. The academic method allows participants to explore all aspects of portraiture including anatomical structure, planes of the face, expressive brushwork, achieving a likeness, etc. Despite its ancient roots, this is a modern synthesis that allows for efficiency of execution.

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    In the Studios of the Old Masters

    Date: Mar 9, 2019 - Mar 15, 2019

    Duration: 7 days

    Instructor: Fernando Freitas

    Price: 750.00

    Principal Instructor Fernando Freitas takes students through the stages of painting in the tradition of the old masters in this 7-day workshop. 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, each student will take home their own master copy as well as the step-by-step knowledge of the process.

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    In the Studios of John Singer Sargent and His Peers

    Date: Feb 18, 2019 - Feb 22, 2019

    Duration: 5 Days

    Instructor: Esteban Rodriguez

    Price: 600.00

    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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    Portrait Painting from a Photo

    Date: Jan 21, 2019 - Jan 25, 2019

    Duration: 5 Days

    Instructor: Esteban Rodriguez

    Price: 600.00

    How can you select the best photo references to work from, and what special challenges will you need to tackle? This 5–day workshop focuses on creating a painted portrait using a photo reference, learning what to keep and what to leave out. Also covered are painting fundamentals such as form, value (or tone), shape, colour theory, and the process of “finishing”. In addition, fundamentals of photography for portrait painting will be presented. Students of all levels are welcome.

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    Portrait Drawing from Life

    Date: Jan 11, 2019 - Jan 13, 2019

    Duration: 3 Days

    Instructor: Fernando Freitas

    Price: 350.00

    In this 3-day portrait workshop, Senior 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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    Figure Painting from Life

    Date: Dec 3, 2018 - Dec 7, 2018

    Duration: 5 days

    Instructor: Fernando Freitas

    Price: 600.00

    This intensive 7–day workshop will help students understand some of the power and painterly effects seen in paintings by the old masters… Ingres, Raphael, Titian, Vermeer etc… The course will be primarily devoted to creating a copy, in oil, from a masterwork.

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    Still Life Painting

    Date: Nov 23, 2018 - Nov 25, 2018

    Duration: 3 Days

    Instructor: Esteban Rodriguez

    Price: 350.00

    This 3-day workshop introduces participants to an expressive, efficient approach to painting that can be called a direct method. 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. The direct painting technique borrows somewhat from the layering and glazing methods used by most old masters, as well as from the modern alla prima style that features wet-into-wet paint application. Direct painting is a synthesis of techniques that allows for efficiency…

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    Sketching the Figure from Life

    Date: Nov 9, 2018 - Nov 11, 2018

    Duration: 3 Days

    Instructor: Fernando Freitas

    Price: 350.00

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    Direct Portrait Painting from Life

    Date: Oct 26, 2018 - Oct 28, 2018

    Duration: 3 days

    Instructor: Juan Martinez

    Price: 400.00

    **This workshop is now SOLD OUT – to be added to our waitlist, please contact us**

    This 3-day workshop focuses on a head-and-shoulders portrait study painted from a live model using a direct approach. There will be a single, long-term sitting for the duration of the workshop. The direct method allows participants to explore all aspects of portraiture including anatomical structure, planes of the face and head, rhythms of warm and cool tones, expressive brushwork, achieving a likeness, etc.

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    Date: Oct 12, 2018 - Oct 14, 2018

    Duration: 3 Days

    Instructor: Fernando Freitas

    Price: 350.00

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    Date: Sep 17, 2018 - Sep 21, 2018

    Duration: 5 days

    Instructor: Esteban Rodriguez

    Price: 600.00

    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. A considerable amount of time will be spent discussing and understanding the planes and features of the face, especially how these are…

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    In the Studios of John Singer Sargent

    Date: Aug 27, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018

    Duration: 5 Days

    Instructor: Esteban Rodriguez

    Price: 600.00

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    In the Studios of Caravaggio

    Date: Aug 18, 2018 - Aug 24, 2018

    Duration: 7 Days

    Instructor: Fernando Freitas

    Price: 750.00

    Instructor Fernando Freitas takes students through the stages of the Tenebrist approach to oil painting in this seven day workshop. Similar to the much-loved “In the Studios of the Old Masters” workshop, this program teaches the chiaroscuro approach (which means light/dark, or light and shade) 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…

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    Portrait Painting from a Photo

    Date: Jul 23, 2018 - Jul 27, 2018

    Duration: 5 Days

    Instructor: Esteban Rodriguez

    Price: 600.00

    This 5–day workshop focuses on creating a painted portrait using a photo reference (a selection of pre-approved photos will be provided). Participants learn the key principles of working from photos, and most importantly, what to keep and what to leave out from the photographs. Also covered are painting fundamentals such as form, value (or tone), shape, colour theory, and the process of “finishing”. In addition, fundamentals of photography for portrait painting will be presented and a handout provided to outline…

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    In the Studios of Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

    Date: Jul 14, 2018 - Jul 20, 2018

    Duration: 7 Days

    Instructor: Fernando Freitas

    Price: 750.00

    Academy Director and Senior Instructor Fernando Freitas takes students through the stages of the Ingres approach to oil painting in this 7 day workshop. Similar to the much-loved “In the Studios of the Old Masters” workshop, this program teaches the French Academic approach used by such artists as Jacques Louis David and his student Jean Auguste Dominique  Ingres. 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…

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