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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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Old Masters Painting from Home (waitlist)

Workshop: old-masters-virtual-1

Date: May 11, 2020 - May 20, 2020

Duration: 10 days

Location: ARA Toronto

Instructor: Fernando Freitas

Price: 450.00

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$450.00 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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**The workshop is now SOLD OUT – please email info@academyofrealistart.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.

 

 

SCHEDULE

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.

Virtual workshop price is $450, paid in full up front.

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

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.

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 12″x16″, 16″x20″, 18″X24″ (panel preferred, size depends on image you choose to copy). Ampersand or Raymar are suggested brands.

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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