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Figure Drawing at Home (Thursday evenings)

Workshop: figure-drawing-at-home-thurs-eve

Date: May 13, 2021 - Jul 29, 2021

Duration: 12 weeks

Location: Virtual workshop – Zoom video conferencing

Instructor: Suwhan Lim

Price: 550.00

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$550.00 deposit is requested.

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Learn the art of figure drawing using our step-by-step method. Students will work from 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 also be introduced to the fundamentals of finishing their drawings in carbon or charcoal through big form and small form modeling. The end effect is a dramatic three-dimensional figure.

This 12-week virtual workshop will meet for instruction and critiques through Zoom video conferencing on Thursdays, 7:30-10 pm ET.



Full workshop price is $550, payable up front to save your spot. 

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



Suwhan Lim attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for his undergraduate studies and subsequently pursued independent studies in Paris, Florence, and Rome for a year.

After Suwhan moved back to Canada, he enrolled at ARA. After one year of study here, Suwhan began teaching the drawing program, including figure and portrait drawing.

Currently, Suwhan is working in the games industry using the great foundational skills acquired at the Academy to create photorealistic 3D models, as well as teaching drawing and painting through virtual classes at ARA. Aside from traditional and 3D art, Suwhan also specializes in helping students prepare their portfolios for their post-secondary applications for their dream schools.

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.

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

All participants attending workshops at our physical location 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.

Students and instructors are expected to wear masks at all times.


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.

We ask that any students who are feeling unwell or who have had recent close contact with a confirmed case, please stay home and self-isolate. Contact us before your workshop starts and we will issue a refund or apply your deposit to future workshop.


Please note the travel restrictions that are in place during the pandemic, and respect required 14-day quarantine periods if you have traveled recently. 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

Either Carbon or Charcoal Pencils (choose one):

  • Carbon – 4B, 2B and B. Brands – Wolff’s or Conte Carbone
  • Charcoal – Hard, Medium, Soft.  Brands – Generals or Grumbacher
  • Nitram charcoal (optional) – 1 pack of each: Nitram charcoal sticks in H, HB; and 6 or 8 mm extra soft round-petit batons (6 mm preferred)


  • 1 – 18X24 inches


  • Pad of cartridge or bond paper, 18X24 inches
  • You will also need one sheet of good paper (cut to 18X24 inches) of your choice. Some suggested brands – Canson (Ingres, or Dessin), Fabriano (Ingres, Artistico, or FA5), Strathmore 400 series (for graphite only), Strathmore Ingres, Arches (90 lb or 300 lb hot press), Somerset, Mayfair, Fabriano Roma paper (for Nitram), St Armand (for Nitram)


  • Sanding block
  • Knitting needle 2.5 to 3.5 mm thickness
  • Masking tape
  • Eraser – one white, one kneadable
  • Pencil extender
  • Mahl stick (a ½ inch diameter dowel approximately 30 inches)
  • Stomps

BRUSHES: please bring filbert brushes; flats and rounds not necessary

  • 2 synthetic bristle hair brushes – sizes #2 or #4, and #10
  • 2 synthetic soft hair brushes – sizes #2 or #4, and #10

Note – do not buy expensive brushes for life drawing.