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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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    Sun 16

    In the Studios of the French Academies

    September 26, 2016 @ 10:00 am - September 8, 2022 @ 4:00 pm
    Sun 16

    Ingres Painting at Home

    $500
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    May 17 @ 10:00 am - May 28 @ 1:00 pm
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    Virtual Open Studio (Saturday afternoons)

    Date : June 5, 2021 - June 26, 2021

    Instructor : Suwhan Lim

    Price : 150.00

    Duration : 1 month

    Join us for group virtual learning and we will give you step-by-step guidance and personalized critiques to help you with program assignments or personal projects. For students new to ARA, we recommend starting by copying the Bargue plates, just like the students in our regular program. This is the visual alphabet that all artists should know. All levels of skill are welcome. 

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    Artistic Anatomy at Home: the face (Saturday mornings) – waitlist

    Date : June 5, 2021 - June 26, 2021

    Instructor : Suwhan Lim

    Price : 250.00

    Duration : 4 weeks

    **This workshop is now SOLD OUT – please email info@academyofrealistart.com with your name and phone number to join our waitlist** In this workshop, students will learn about the skeleton, muscles, structural fat pads, and other anatomical information such as tendons and cartilage as they relate to portraiture. Learning to identify anatomical landmarks of each layer of the structure of the face will empower students to proceed more confidently with portrait work. Instructor Suwhan Lim will incorporate both 2D and digital 3D models…

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    Ingres Painting at Home

    Date : May 17, 2021 - May 28, 2021

    Instructor : Fernando Freitas

    Price : 500.00

    Duration : 6 days

    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 by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, 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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    Figure Drawing at Home (Thursday evenings)

    Date : May 13, 2021 - July 29, 2021

    Instructor : Suwhan Lim

    Price : 550.00

    Duration : 12 weeks

    Learn the art of figure drawing using our step-by-step method. Working professionally-shot contemporary photographs of real models from multiple sightlines to mimic the experience of a live life drawing class, Instructor Suwhan Lim will teach the basics of blocking in, gestural and completed constructs, comparative measurement, proportion, division of light and dark, and articulation. Students will finish their drawings in carbon or charcoal. The end effect is a dramatic three-dimensional figure.

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    Virtual Open Studio (Tuesday evenings) – waitlist

    Date : May 4, 2021 - May 25, 2021

    Instructor : Suwhan Lim

    Price : 150.00

    Duration : 1 month

    **This section of Virtual Open Studio is now SOLD OUT – Spaces are still available on Thursday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons** If you would like to join the waitlist in case spaces open up in May or June, please email info@academyofrealistart.com with your name and phone number.

    Join us for group virtual learning and we will give you step-by-step guidance and personalized critiques to help you with program assignments or personal projects. For students new to ARA, we recommend…

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    Portrait Drawing with Charcoal and White Chalk at Home

    Date : May 3, 2021 - May 14, 2021

    Instructor : Suwhan Lim

    Price : 450.00

    Duration : 6 days

    Want to draw in a more painterly way? In this virtual workshop, Instructor Suwhan Lim will show students how to work in the style of John Singer Sargent with charcoal and white chalk. This combination functions as a push and pull of soft materials that move. Working with soft dry media is a great exercise for transitioning from drawing to painting. Students can choose to work from their own images, transforming their favourite photographs into works of art.

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    Virtual Open Studio (Saturday afternoons)

    Date : May 1, 2021 - May 29, 2021

    Instructor : Suwhan Lim

    Price : 150.00

    Duration : 1 month

    Join us for group virtual learning and we will give you step-by-step guidance and personalized critiques to help you with program assignments or personal projects. For students new to ARA, we recommend starting by copying the Bargue plates, just like the students in our regular program. This is the visual alphabet that all artists should know. All levels of skill are welcome. 

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    Figure Drawing at Home (waitlist)

    Date : April 19, 2021 - April 30, 2021

    Instructor : Fernando Freitas

    Price : 450.00

    Duration : 6 Days

    **This workshop is now SOLD OUT – please email info@academyofrealistart.com with your name and phone number to join our waitlist** Learn the art of figure drawing using our step-by-step method. Principal instructor Fernando Freitas will teach the basics of blocking in, gestural and completed constructs, comparative measurement, proportion, division of light and dark, and articulation. Working from a figure drawing by Mariano Fortuny or Pierre-Paul Prud’hon, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of finishing their drawings in carbon or…

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    Alla Prima Portrait Painting (waitlist)

    Date : March 26, 2021 - March 28, 2021

    Instructor : Esteban Rodriguez

    Price : 350.00

    Duration : 3 Days

    **The workshop is now SOLD OUT – please email info@academyofrealistart.com with your name and phone number to join our waitlist** 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…

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    In the Studios of Waterhouse

    Date : March 8, 2021 - March 12, 2021

    Instructor : Fernando Freitas

    Price : 600.00

    Duration : 5 days

    John William Waterhouse is one of Britain’s best-loved 19th century painters, whose innovative and exciting pictorial compositions feature many works inspired by Homer, Ovid, Shakespeare, Tennyson, and Keats. 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 principles of oil painting, and the best techniques and materials to use. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience.

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    Portrait Painting from a Photo

    Date : February 19, 2021 - February 21, 2021

    Instructor : Esteban Rodriguez

    Price : 350.00

    Duration : 3 Days

    How can you select the best photo references to work from, and what special challenges will you need to tackle? This 3–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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    Old Masters Painting at Home

    Date : February 8, 2021 - February 12, 2021

    Instructor : Fernando Freitas

    Price : 450.00

    Duration : 5 days

    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 video conferencing. 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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    Still Life Painting at Home

    Date : January 22, 2021 - January 24, 2021

    Instructor : Esteban Rodriguez

    Price : 275.00

    Duration : 3 Days

    This 3-day virtual workshop introduces an expressive, efficient approach to painting called a direct method. 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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    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 (waitlist)

    Date : November 13, 2020 - November 15, 2020

    Instructor : Fernando Freitas

    Price : 350.00

    Duration : 3 Days

    **The workshop is now SOLD OUT – contact us to join our waitlist**

    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…

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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

    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.

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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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