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 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.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to ARA.

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Come learn the same step-by-step methods taught in our regular program in an intensive format in our workshops. Students will learn skills in drawing and painting that can be applied to their own projects. Whether you are an experienced artist or have never painted before, our instructors will tailor to your skill level.

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    Thu 03

    In the Studios of the French Academies

    September 26, 2016 @ 10:00 am - September 8, 2022 @ 4:00 pm
    Thu 03

    In the Studios of William Bouguereau

    $200
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    November 30 @ 10:00 am - December 4 @ 4:00 pm
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    Alla Prima Portrait Painting

    Date : March 26, 2021 - March 28, 2021

    Instructor : Esteban Rodriguez

    Price : 350.00

    Duration : 3 Days

    This 3-day workshop is an introduction to the Alla Prima method, which means “all at once.” This is a method that has to be done in one section, wet-into-wet, where each brushstroke counts. Using this approach, artists can develop a better vocabulary of paint and brush handling toward achieving expressive, yet realistic portraits in a more immediate way. Participants will execute one sketch each day throughout the week, from a range of different points using live models. This course is suitable for all levels.

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    In the Studios of Waterhouse

    Date : March 8, 2021 - March 12, 2021

    Instructor : Fernando Freitas

    Price : 600.00

    Duration : 5 days

    John William Waterhouse is one of Britain’s best-loved 19th century painters, whose innovative and exciting pictorial compositions feature many works inspired by Homer, Ovid, Shakespeare, Tennyson, and Keats. 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 principles of oil painting, and the best techniques and materials to use. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience.

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    Portrait Painting from a Photo

    Date : February 19, 2021 - February 21, 2021

    Instructor : Esteban Rodriguez

    Price : 350.00

    Duration : 3 Days

    How can you select the best photo references to work from, and what special challenges will you need to tackle? This 3–day workshop focuses on creating a painted portrait using a photo reference, learning what to keep and what to leave out. Also covered are painting fundamentals such as form, value (or tone), shape, colour theory, and the process of “finishing”. In addition, fundamentals of photography for portrait painting will be presented. Students of all levels are welcome.

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    Still Life Painting

    Date : January 22, 2021 - January 24, 2021

    Instructor : Esteban Rodriguez

    Price : 350.00

    Duration : 3 Days

    This 3-day workshop introduces an expressive, efficient approach to painting called a direct method. The direct method allows the artist to explore all aspects of painting, including warm and cool tones, expressive brushwork, accuracy of shape, form and colour, etc. It synthesizes the layering and glazing methods used by most old masters, and the modern alla prima style that features wet-into-wet paint application, lending efficiency without compromising quality or draftsmanship. Students will also learn principles of composition, selecting and setting up objects to paint.

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    Sketching the Figure from Life

    Date : January 15, 2021 - January 17, 2021

    Instructor : Fernando Freitas

    Price : 350.00

    Duration : 3 Days

    Learn the art of figure drawing using our step-by-step method. Beginner and advanced students will benefit from this drawing workshop. Students will be working directly from the nude using charcoal or carbon pencil. Principal instructor Fernando Freitas will teach the basics of gesture, proportion, and morphology. Students will then finish their drawings with big form and small form modeling. The end effect is a dramatic three-dimensional figure.

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    In the Studios of William Bouguereau

    Date : November 30, 2020 - December 4, 2020

    Instructor : Fernando Freitas

    Price : 600.00

    Duration : 5 Days

    This intensive workshop focuses on the classic 19th century academic painting style used by 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. Suitable for all levels of experience.

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