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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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    In the Studios of the French Academies

    September 26, 2016 @ 10:00 am - September 8, 2022 @ 4:00 pm
    Wed 20

    Still Life Painting

    $100
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    November 22 @ 10:00 am - November 24 @ 4:00 pm
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    In the Studios of the Old Masters

    Date: Mar 21, 2020 - Mar 27, 2020

    Duration: 7 days

    Instructor: Fernando Freitas

    Price: 750.00

    Principal Instructor Fernando Freitas takes students through the stages of painting in the tradition of the old masters in this 7-day workshop. Working from a selected study, students learn the specific step-by-step process to achieve an exact copy, as well as gain a clear understanding of the principles of oil painting, and the best techniques and materials to use. Suitable for all levels of experience, each student will take home their own master copy as well as the step-by-step knowledge of the process.

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    In the Studios of John Singer Sargent and His Peers

    Date: Feb 17, 2020 - Feb 21, 2020

    Duration: 5 Days

    Instructor: Esteban Rodriguez

    Price: 600.00

    This intensive 5-day workshop focuses on the classic alla prima portraiture style used by 19th century painter John Singer Sargent, one of the most influential direct painters of all time. Participants will work from copies of Sargent paintings to become familiar with the wet-into-wet technique that he used. This direct technique allows us to paint in a very quick and efficient way with expressive and realistic results. 

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    Portrait Drawing from Life

    Date: Jan 24, 2020 - Jan 26, 2020

    Duration: 3 Days

    Instructor: Fernando Freitas

    Price: 350.00

    In this 3-day portrait workshop, Principal Instructor Fernando Freitas will guide students from beginning to end in achieving a stronger likeness in capturing a portrait. He will be covering how to start with the structure of the head, focusing on proportion and placement of the features. Special attention will placed on the planes, forms, and volumes of the face. Whether a beginner or advanced artist, participants will definitely gain higher results in a more realistic portrait. Appropriate for all levels.

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    Portrait Painting from a Photo

    Date: Jan 13, 2020 - Jan 17, 2020

    Duration: 5 Days

    Instructor: Esteban Rodriguez

    Price: 600.00

    How can you select the best photo references to work from, and what special challenges will you need to tackle? This 5–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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    In the Studios of William Bouguereau

    Date: Dec 9, 2019 - Dec 13, 2019

    Duration: 5 Days

    Instructor: Fernando Freitas

    Price: 600.00

    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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    Still Life Painting

    Date: Nov 22, 2019 - Nov 24, 2019

    Duration: 3 Days

    Instructor: Esteban Rodriguez

    Price: 350.00

    This 3-day workshop introduces an expressive, efficient approach to painting called direct painting. 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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