COVID-19 updates

Our physical location has reopened and regular operating hours have resumed! Students are welcome to join us for Open Studio on Saturdays 11-5, Mondays 10-9, and Thursdays 10-4. Figure Classes will be held Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1-4 and 6-9.

Contact Colleen at 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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Bargue Drawing at Home (waitlist)

Workshop: 5986-156-BARGUE-VIRTUAL-WORKSHOP-1

Date: Jun 8, 2020 - Jun 14, 2020

Duration: 7 Days

Location: ARA Toronto

Instructor: Fernando Freitas

Price: 375.00

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$375.00 deposit is requested.

Please note: SPACE IS LIMITED. Registrations are not guaranteed until a deposit has been paid. If you require more information call 416-766-1280.


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**The workshop is now SOLD OUT – please email with your name and phone number to join our waitlist**

Learn how to copy the Bargue plates from the Academy of Realist Art in this virtual workshop. Led by principal instructor Fernando Freitas, 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. If you are looking to raise your understanding of form, values, shapes, edges and lighting, copying the Bargue drawings are a great way to start.


Every day will start and end with a group Zoom video conference (10 am and 4 pm ET). Students will also receive video demonstrations with assigned chapters to watch as the course progresses. Principal instructor Fernando Freitas will be available throughout the day for individual one-on-one Zoom critiques.

Virtual workshop price is $375, paid in full up front.

For examples of past student work, visit our online gallery.

About ARA Workshops

Each participant gets lots of one-on-one attention from our superb instructors. ARA instructors teach year round so, unlike many artists who offer summer/holiday workshops our instructors are professional teachers as well as successful award-winning artists. Whether you are an award-winning experienced artist or have never painted before, our instructors will tailor to your skill level.

Workshops at our physical location start at 10 am and end at 4 pm each day. Students are welcome to stay and continue working in the studio on their own until 9 pm.

If you have any questions or are having trouble with online registration, please contact us.

All participants will be required to follow our studio policies in effect to prevent the spread of COVID-19:


On entering the Columbus Centre, please use the hand sanitization stations in the lobby and elevator. Upon arriving on the 3rd floor, all arriving students are also expected to wash their hands in one of the sinks in the Figure and Workshop rooms.

Thereafter, students and instructors are expected to wear masks at all times. ARA will supply these to students arriving without.


All horses and easels will be taped and placed 6 feet apart to ensure enough distance between you and your neighbours. These are not to be moved. Instructors will wear masks at all times and practice social distancing while instructing.


Frequent hand sanitization throughout your time in the school is asked. Sanitization stations are located outside of each studio. The lunch room will not be available, so please plan accordingly and follow social distancing rules during breaks.



If you are coming from out of town and need local accommodations, click here to see our list of inexpensive places to stay near the Academy.

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Materials List


  • Graphite – 2B, HB, and 2H. Brand – Staedtler suggested


  • 1 – 18X24 inches (masonite, MDF, plywood)


  • Cartridge or bond paper.
  • One sheet of good paper, suggested Stonehenge paper in Pearl Grey


  • Sanding block
  • Knitting needle 2.5 to 3.5 mm thickness
  • Masking tape
  • Eraser – one white, one kneadable, Tombow mono zero (optional)
  • Pencil extender (optional)
  • Mahl stick (a ½ inch diameter dowel approximately 30 inches)
  • Ruler or T-square
  • Retractable box cutter utility knife (suggested brand Olfa)