Our physical location will reopen on February 16. Students are welcome to join us for Open Studio Monday-Thursday from 10-4 and Saturdays from 11-5. Figure and portrait classes are planned to resume in March.
Contact Colleen at email@example.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.
Date: Feb 19, 2021 - Feb 21, 2021
Duration: 3 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 3–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.
Workshops at our physical location start at 10 am and end at 4 pm each day.
If you have any questions or are having trouble with online registration, please contact us.
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.
Students and instructors are expected to wear masks at all times.
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.
We ask that any students who are feeling unwell or who have had recent close contact with a confirmed case, please stay home and self-isolate. Contact us before your workshop starts and we will issue a refund or apply your deposit to future workshop.
Please note the travel restrictions that are in place during the pandemic, and respect required 14-day quarantine periods if you have traveled recently. 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 on our homepage.
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)
Cadmium Yellow Light
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.