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: Jul 15, 2019 - Jul 19, 2019
Duration: 5 Days
Location: ARA Toronto
Instructor: Esteban Rodriguez
Please note: SPACE IS LIMITED. Registrations are not guaranteed until a deposit has been paid. If you require more information call 416-766-1280.
This 5–day workshop focuses on creating a painted portrait using a photo reference (a selection of pre-approved photos will be provided). Participants learn the key principles of working from photos, and most importantly, what to keep and what to leave out from the photographs. Also covered are painting fundamentals such as form, value (or tone), shape, colour theory, and the process of “finishing”. In addition, fundamentals of photography for portrait painting will be presented and a handout provided to outline photo requirements. Students of all levels are welcome.
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.
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.
We offer our workshops on a regular basis. Sign up for regular email workshop updates.
Where to buy art supplies?
Either a 14 x 11 in. or 16 x 12 in. The most economical and simple surface to paint on is a standard stretched canvas with acrylic primer. Prepared panels are the best options as they are more portable, archival, and can have smoother finishes, which is preferable for both detail and painterly effects. Good quality prepared panels, such as Ampersand™, RayMar™, and Fredrix™ are available at art stores very nearby ARA: Aboveground Art Supplies and Articulations. Also panels from New Traditions™ or RealGesso™ or Art-Boards™ all are good choices, as well, but would have to be ordered online. If you wish to tone your canvas beforehand please do so early enough so that it is completely dry prior to the workshop. A mid-tone warm or neutral grey is ideal (Value #5 Munsell) mixed with black, white, and raw umber. You can use a premixed #5 acrylic paint instead to tone the canvas, as it dries quickly, but ensure that it is not applied too thickly; i.e, it should be transparent, like watercolour. Golden and Liquitex acrylics both sell tubes of Munsell value #5 Neutral Grey paints. Please NOTE: We will supply photo references. If you wish to bring along photos to discuss for future use, you are welcome to do so.
COLOURS (oil paint only):
Titanium White and Cremnitz (Lead) White (if available)
Yellow Ochre PALE (Winsor & Newton)
Cadmium Red Light (true Cadmium only, not “Hue”)
Transparent Red Oxide or Burnt Sienna
6-10 hog’s bristle brushes (filbert), ranging in sizes from 1-10
3-4 hog’s bristle brushes (flat), ranging in sizes from 4-10
6-10 synthetic brushes (filbert), ranging in sizes from 1-10
3-4 soft (synthetic or natural) round brushes, ranging in sizes from 0-1
Note: This is the minimum!
MEDIUM / THINNERS:
• A faster drying medium such as Liquin™
• A small container of odourless mineral spirits (OMS). No turpentine or citreous please.
Note: These will be provided for you if you cannot find the product or if you are travelling by air.
• 2 small cups with lids for holding medium or mineral spirits. Available at art stores everywhere.
• Palette knife — a narrow, long and flexible blade is best
• Palette — Paper palettes (preferably a gray-toned palette) are quick and convenient, but a
prepared (i.e., sealed) wooden palette is ideal.
• For clean-up; a roll of paper towels, or Shop towels, or a Box of tissue, or Clean rag(s)
• Masking tape, and 2 Bulldog clips
• Mahlstick (a 1/2 in. diameter dowel, approx. 30 in. long is fine)
• Foamcore (mandatory! Cut to the height of your canvas and double its width. If your canvas is 16 x 12 in., the
foam-core should be 16 x 24 inches.) Note: Foam core and other materials can be purchased locally.