Our physical location has reopened and regular operating hours have resumed! Students are welcome to join us for Open Studio on Saturdays 11-5, Mondays 10-9, and Thursdays 10-4. Figure Classes will be held Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1-4 and 6-9.
Contact Colleen at firstname.lastname@example.org 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: Nov 2, 2020 - Nov 6, 2020
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 intensive 5-day workshop focuses on the classic alla prima portraiture style used by 19th century painter John Singer Sargent, one of the most influential direct painters of all time. Participants will work from copies of Sargent paintings to become familiar with the wet-into-wet technique that he used. This direct technique allows us to paint in a very quick and efficient way with expressive and realistic results. We will also examine a very similar style used by Anders Zorn (a contemporary of Sargent). We will also look at basics of oil painting, brushwork, general rules of colour and values applied to portraiture, and abstraction of shapes.
In the videocast below, instructor Esteban Rodriguez covers what to expect at his workshop, why John Singer Sargent is so influential, and how copying his work will help you be more confident and expressive in your work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Where to buy art supplies?
Five 11” x 14” acrylic gesso or oil primed panel or canvases. Panels should be used since they are more portable and have a smoother surface (which is also preferable for both detail and brushwork). Good quality prepared panels, such as Ampersand and RayMar (with Portrait Grade Claussens linen) are available at nearby art stores (i.e., close to the Academy): Aboveground Art Supplies or Articulations. Please ask at the stores as they have other fine choices, as well.
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.