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: May 25, 2020 - Jun 3, 2020
Duration: 10 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.
**The workshop is now SOLD OUT – please email email@example.com with your name and phone number to join our waitlist**
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.
Day 1 will start with a 1 hour plus Zoom video conference with all participants at 10 am. At the end they will all receive the first video, “Dry Brush Drawing” and they will have the rest of the day to complete the assignment. Fernando will be available until 4 pm for individual one-on-ones.
Day 2 starts with a group Zoom meeting at 10 am, where students will take turns showing their work. Fernando will address any questions and discuss necessary drawing changes. Fernando will be available until 4 pm for individual one-on-ones.
Day 3, students will receive the second video “Dead Colour or Ebauche”. There will be no group Zoom, but Fernando will be available for one-on-ones throughout the day.
Day 4 starts with a group Zoom meeting at 10 am, where students will take turns showing their work. Fernando will address any questions and discuss necessary changes. Fernando will be available until 4 pm for individual one-on-ones.
Day 5, students will receive the third video “First Painting”. Fernando available for one on ones through the weekend, and students will have the weekend to complete this stage.
Day 8 starts with a group Zoom meeting at 10 am, where students will take turns showing their work. Critiques and follow up.
Day 9, students will receive the fourth and final video “second painting”. Fernando available for one-on-ones throughout the day.
Day 10 starts with a final group zoom meeting at 10 am, with follow up and critiques.
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?
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.
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.