Date: Apr 8, 2019 - Apr 12, 2019
Duration: 5 days
Location: ARA Toronto
Instructor: Esteban Rodriguez
Please note: SPACE IS LIMITED. Registrations are not guaranteed until a deposit has been paid. If you require more information call 416-766-1280.
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. The approach employed is a layering method used by most Old Masters which includes an under-painting, a middle layer (or two), and a finish coat. Despite its ancient roots, this is a modern synthesis that allows for efficiency of execution.
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.
If you have any questions or are having trouble with online registration, please contact us.
Most workshops are scheduled five days per week, Monday to Friday, with weekends free (unless otherwise noted). The hours are usually 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but will occasionally go to 5:00 p.m.
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Where to buy art supplies?
Either a 14 x 11 in. or 16 x 12 in. The most economical and simple surface to paint on is a standard stretched canvas with acrylic primer. Prepared panels are the best options as they are more portable, archival, and can have smoother finishes, which is preferable for both detail and painterly effects. Good quality prepared panels, such as Ampersand™, RayMar™, and Fredrix™ are available at art stores very nearby ARA: Aboveground Art Supplies and Articulations. Also panels from New Traditions™ or RealGesso™ or Art-Boards™ all are good choices, as well, but would have to be ordered online. If you wish to tone your canvas beforehand please do so early enough so that it is completely dry prior to the workshop. A mid-tone warm or neutral grey is ideal (Value #5 Munsell) mixed with black, white, and raw umber. You can use a premixed #5 acrylic paint instead to tone the canvas, as it dries quickly, but ensure that it is not applied too thickly; i.e, it should be transparent, like watercolour. Golden and Liquitex acrylics both sell tubes of Munsell value #5 Neutral Grey paints. Please NOTE: We will supply photo references. If you wish to bring along photos to discuss for future use, you are welcome to do so.
COLOURS (oil paint only):
Titanium White and Cremnitz (Lead) White (if available)
Yellow Ochre PALE (Winsor & Newton)
Cadmium Red Light (true Cadmium only, not “Hue”)
Transparent Red Oxide or Burnt Sienna
6-10 hog’s bristle brushes (filbert), ranging in sizes from 1-10
3-4 hog’s bristle brushes (flat), ranging in sizes from 4-10
6-10 synthetic brushes (filbert), ranging in sizes from 1-10
3-4 soft (synthetic or natural) round brushes, ranging in sizes from 0-1
Note: This is the minimum!
MEDIUM / THINNERS:
• A faster drying medium such as Liquin™
• A small container of odourless mineral spirits (OMS). No turpentine or citreous please.
Note: These will be provided for you if you cannot find the product or if you are travelling by air.
• 2 small cups with lids for holding medium or mineral spirits. Available at art stores everywhere.
• Palette knife — a narrow, long and flexible blade is best
• Palette — Paper palettes (preferably a gray-toned palette) are quick and convenient, but a
prepared (i.e., sealed) wooden palette is ideal.
• For clean-up; a roll of paper towels, or Shop towels, or a Box of tissue, or Clean rag(s)
• Masking tape, and 2 Bulldog clips
• Mahlstick (a 1/2 in. diameter dowel, approx. 30 in. long is fine)