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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.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to ARA.

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Portrait Drawing from Life

Workshop: portrait-drawing-2020

Date: Jan 24, 2020 - Jan 26, 2020

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.

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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**

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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 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, participants will definitely gain higher results in a more realistic portrait. Appropriate for all levels.

Full workshop price is $350, and a $100 deposit is required to save your easel or bench. The balance will be due on the first day of the workshop.

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

DRAWING INSTRUMENTS:

Either Graphite, Carbon or Charcoal Pencils

  • Graphite – 2B, HB, and 2H. Brand – Staedtler
  • Carbon – 4B, 2B and B. Brands – Wolff’s or Conte Carbone
  • Charcoal – Hard, Medium, Soft.  Brands – Generals or Grumbacher

DRAWING BOARD:

  • 1 – 18X24 inches

PAPER:

  • Pad of cartridge or bond paper, 18X24 inches

 

  • You will also need one sheet of good paper (cut to 18X24 inches) of your choice. Some suggested brands – Canson Dessin, Canson Mi-teintes, Fabriano Ingres, Strathmore, Arches, Somerset, Mayfair

TOOLS:

  • Sanding block
  • Knitting needle 2.5 to 3.5 mm thickness
  • Masking tape
  • Eraser – one white, one kneadable
  • Pencil extender
  • Mahl stick (a ½ inch diameter dowel approximately 30 inches)
  • Stomps

BRUSHES: please bring filbert brushes; flats and rounds not necessary

  • 2 synthetic bristle hair brushes – sizes #2 or #4, and #10
  • 2 synthetic soft hair brushes – sizes #2 or #4, and #10

Note – do not buy expensive brushes for life drawing.

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