Closure alert: COVID-19 updates
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.
Date: Nov 30, 2020 - Dec 4, 2020
Duration: 5 Days
Location: ARA Toronto
Instructor: Fernando Freitas
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 intensive 5-day workshop focuses on the classic 19th century academic painting style used by the great 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.
Starting with a high quality print of an approved Bouguereau head or (partial) figure painting at the working size, participants will learn to do an initial transfer onto their panel, allowing them to focus on painting techniques. Throughout the course, participants will learn the careful drawing and under-painting/over-painting methods that Bouguereau used to achieve brilliant 3-dimensional illusionism, atmosphere, and very fine rendering.
Full workshop price is $600, and a $200 deposit is required to save your easel. The balance will be due on the first day of the workshop.
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?
Note: Purchase only Artist Grade paints. Do not use Winton or water soluble paints.
NOTE: Your canvas for this workshop should be prepared ahead of time with a neutral grey imprimatura: an initial mid-value stain of oil paint diluted with mineral spirits, and applied over the entire surface of the canvas. We suggest trying to match the grey swatch below as best you can using a mixture of white, black, and raw umber well mixed with a palette knife. You will need approximately half a ping pong ball-sized amount. You can transfer this to a disposable pie plate to dilute slowly with mineral spirits until the mixture is the consistency of house paint. Apply it with a brush over the entire canvas and set aside for at least 2 weeks to dry completely. To speed up drying, you can add a drying agent, like Liquin or another alkyd dryer, before applying.
BRUSHES (either natural or synthetic hair):
Note: No flats or round brushes needed; these are the minimum brush requirements – please feel free to bring more.