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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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    In the Studios of the French Academies

    September 26, 2016 @ 10:00 am - September 8, 2022 @ 4:00 pm
    Wed 20

    Still Life Painting

    $100
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    November 22 @ 10:00 am - November 24 @ 4:00 pm
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    In the Studios of the Old Masters

    Date: Mar 21, 2020 - Mar 27, 2020

    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 17, 2020 - Feb 21, 2020

    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 Drawing from Life

    Date: Jan 24, 2020 - Jan 26, 2020

    Duration: 3 Days

    Instructor: Fernando Freitas

    Price: 350.00

    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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    Portrait Painting from a Photo

    Date: Jan 13, 2020 - Jan 17, 2020

    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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    In the Studios of William Bouguereau

    Date: Dec 9, 2019 - Dec 13, 2019

    Duration: 5 Days

    Instructor: Fernando Freitas

    Price: 600.00

    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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    Still Life Painting

    Date: Nov 22, 2019 - Nov 24, 2019

    Duration: 3 Days

    Instructor: Esteban Rodriguez

    Price: 350.00

    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.

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    Alla Prima Portrait Painting

    Date: Oct 25, 2019 - Oct 27, 2019

    Duration: 3 Days

    Instructor: Esteban Rodriguez

    Price: 350.00

    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.

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    Sketching the Figure from Life

    Date: Oct 11, 2019 - Oct 13, 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: Sep 16, 2019 - Sep 20, 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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    In the Studios of Caravaggio

    Date: Aug 24, 2019 - Aug 30, 2019

    Duration: 7 Days

    Instructor: Fernando Freitas

    Price: 750.00

    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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    Alla Prima Figure Painting

    Date: Jul 26, 2019 - Jul 28, 2019

    Duration: 3 Days

    Instructor: Shane Wolf

    Price: 450.00

    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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    Portrait Painting from a Photo

    Date: Jul 15, 2019 - Jul 19, 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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    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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    Painting the Figure 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 31, 2019 - Jun 2, 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.

    Read More>

    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.

    Read More>

    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. 

    Read More>
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