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Portrait Drawing from Life

Classical Portrait Drawing - The Academy of Realist Art

Workshop: Jan 27

Date: Jan 27, 2017 - Jan 29, 2017

Duration: 3 Days

Location: ARA Toronto

Instructor: Fernando Freitas

Price: 350.00

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$100.00 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.

Who's Attending

6 people are attending Portrait Drawing from Life

  • Emilia Chiocca
  • Iulia Stoian
  • Jack Giesen
  • Michel Sutherland
  • Katalin Studlik
  • Roberto Correia
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In this 3-day portrait workshop, Senior 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 and/or facets of the face. A strong emphasis on creating the forms or volumes of the face, paying extra attention to shapes, values, and edges. He will also discuss how to light your subject attaining interesting light and shadow shapes. Whether a beginner or advanced artist, one will definitely gain higher results in a more realistic portrait. Appropriate for all levels.

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.

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Workshop hours

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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Materials List

Portrait Drawing From a Live Model, Materials list – Fernando Freitas

  • Your choice of pencils (choose one from the following):
    • Graphite pencils (two each of 2H, HB, and 2B)
    • Charcoal or carbon pencils (soft, medium, and hard) – purchase General’s charcoal, Wolff’s carbon, or Conte carbon pencils
  • Your choice of paper (choose one from the following):
    • One sheet of any white cold pressed paper will do (90 – 140 lbs), eg. Fabriano Artistico or Fabriano FA5
    • Arches 300 lb hot pressed paper
    • Coloured paper is fine, just make sure it’s a neutral grey colour
  • Kneadable and white erasers
  • 2 synthetic soft hair and bristle filbert brushes (no larger than a 6, used for blending carbon or charcoal)
  • Masking tape
  • Utility knife
  • Sanding block
  • Knitting needle (used for measuring)
  • Drawing board 18″ x 24″, no larger
  • Mahl stick