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Contact Colleen at info@academyofrealistart.com 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.

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In the Studios of William Bouguereau

Workshop: bouguereau-2019

Date: Dec 9, 2019 - Dec 13, 2019

Duration: 5 Days

Location: ARA Toronto

Instructor: Fernando Freitas

Price: 600.00

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$200.00 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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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.


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:

MASKS AND HAND HYGIENE ON ARRIVAL

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.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

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.

SANITIZATION STATIONS AND COMMON AREAS

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.

 

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Materials List

OIL COLOURS:

  • Titanium White, Lead White
  • Cad Yellow Med
  • Yellow Ochre Light or Pale
  • Cad Orange
  • Cad Red Med
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Earth Red: Venetian or Persian (Indian) red
  • Red Umber (Williamsburg, Old Holland, Michael Harding)
  • Burnt Umber
  • Raw Umber
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Ivory Black or lamp black

Note: Purchase only Artist Grade paints.  Do not use Winton or water soluble paints.

SOLVENT:

  • Odorless mineral spirits (GamSol).  Turpentine is NOT permitted in the studio

CANVAS:

  • Primed acrylic panel or canvas 18″X24″ (panel preferred). Ampersand or Raymar are suggested brands.

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.

MEDIUMS:

  • Linseed oil.

TOOLS:

  • Palette (Select one of the following): Glass, wood or paper (Grey Matters)
  • 2 Palette knives; long blades
  • 2 Medium cups
  • 2 Small jars for cleaning brushes
  • Mahl stick (a ½ inch diameter dowel approximately 30 inches)
  • Rags or paper towels or shop towels
  • Knitting needle

BRUSHES (either natural or synthetic hair):

  • 2-3 Bristle hair filbert brushes – ranging in size from #2 to #8
  • 10-20 Soft hair filbert brushes – ranging in size from #2 to #12
    • 2-3 EACH of #2, #4, #6, and #8
    • 1 EACH of #10 and #12

Note: No flats or round brushes needed; these are the minimum brush requirements – please feel free to bring more.

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