Our physical location will reopen on February 16. Students are welcome to join us for Open Studio Monday-Thursday from 10-4 and Saturdays from 11-5. Figure and portrait classes are planned to resume in March.
Contact Colleen at email@example.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.
Date: Feb 8, 2021 - Feb 12, 2021
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.
Principal Instructor Fernando Freitas takes students through the stages of painting in the tradition of the old masters in this virtual workshop, with lots of video demonstrations and group and one-on-one critiques through Zoom video conferencing. 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. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience. Students can choose from images provided, or select any painting they wish to copy. Each student will take away their own master copy as well as the step-by-step knowledge of the process.
After students have registered and paid they will receive an Introduction and Materials video (see also the Materials List below) and a folder of possible image options for paintings to copy. Students will also receive instructional videos that they can watch before the workshop begins, and review again throughout the course as needed.
Each day will feature a group Zoom video conference and critique with all participants at 10 am. Students will have the rest of the day to complete their assignments, and Fernando will be available until 2 pm for individual one-on-ones.
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.
If you have any questions or are having trouble with online registration, please contact us.
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.
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.
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.
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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Where to buy art supplies?
After participants have registered and paid they will receive an Introduction and Materials video and a folder of possible image options for paintings to copy.
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.
DRYING AGENT (OPTIONAL):
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.