Closure alert: COVID-19 updates

Dear ARA community

We want to thank each of you for your cooperation and patience as we work together to make a difference in the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe strongly that these temporary disruptions to our normal routines will help keep the most vulnerable people in our communities safe, and lessen the strain on our healthcare system.

In accordance with Ontario's ongoing state of emergency, the Academy of Realist Art will remain closed until March 31, 2020.

The situation continues to change rapidly, but we are committed to following the advice of our public health leadership. We will update you again on March 30 with next steps, including whether the closure will be extended.

Please continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently, and be mindful of the things you touch. We also invite you to keep checking in with each other and with your extended networks to stay connected during these difficult times.

We look forward to welcoming you all back to ARA once it is safe to reopen our doors.

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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
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    Old Masters Painting from Home (waitlist)

    $450
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    May 25 @ 10:00 am - June 3 @ 4:00 pm
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    Bargue Drawing at Home (waitlist)

    $375
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    June 8 @ 10:00 am - June 14 @ 4:00 pm
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    Drawing the Figure from Life

    $100
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    June 19 @ 10:00 am - June 21 @ 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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    Drawing the Figure from Life

    Date : June 19, 2020 - June 21, 2020

    Instructor : Fernando Freitas

    Price : 275.00

    Duration : 2 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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    Bargue Drawing at Home (waitlist)

    Date : June 8, 2020 - June 14, 2020

    Instructor : Fernando Freitas

    Price : 375.00

    Duration : 7 Days

    **The workshop is now SOLD OUT – please email us to join our waitlist** 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…

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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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