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In the Studios of William Bouguereau

Workshop: Feb 18

Date: Feb 18, 2017 - Feb 24, 2017

Duration: 7 Days

Location: ARA Toronto

Instructor: Juan Martinez

Price: 750.00

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$200.00 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.

This intensive 7-day workshop focuses on the classic 19th century academic painting style used by the great William Adolphe Bouguereau, considered by many to be the premier academician of his era. His impeccable drawing skills and facility in depicting form are widely admired, making his work some of the best to study to learn to paint realistically. Bouguereau’s methodology follows a series of repeatable steps, ultimately leading to a painting of the highest finish.

Starting with a high quality print of an approved Bouguereau head or (partial) figure painting at the working size, participants will learn to do an initial transfer onto their panel, allowing them to focus on painting techniques. Throughout the course, participants will learn the careful drawing and under-painting/over-painting methods that Bouguereau used to achieve brilliant 3-dimensional illusionism, atmosphere, and very fine rendering.

Participants can choose from any of the following paintings for their master copies (please note your preference in Additional Information at checkout):

Bouguereau-A Bouguereau-B Bouguereau-C Bouguereau-D Bouguereau-E Bouguereau-F Bouguereau-G Bouguereau-H Bouguereau-I Bouguereau-J

Note: Due to constraints on time and size, this workshop is limited to master copies of the head. High quality prints will be available for reference during the workshop, and will be available to purchase for participants wishing to take one home. To ensure that the reference image used is of the highest quality, it must be pre-approved by the instructor. To request a specific piece not listed above, please email a link or attachment to Juan directly at juan@juanmartinez.com.

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.

If you have any questions or are having trouble with online registration, please contact us.

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


11″ x 14″ or 12″ x 16″ acrylic gesso or oil primed panel. 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 Claessens 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
  • Lead White, if available (Lead whites are sometimes Cremnitz white. Look for PW 1 on the label)
  • Yellow Ochre PALE (Winsor & Newton) or Mars Yellow Light (Williamsburg) — Pigment is PY 42, not PY 43
  • Raw Sienna
  • Cadmium Red (true Cadmium only, no hues, please) — Pigment: PR 108
  • Burnt Sienna (a natural pigment only: PBr 7, so not Winsor & Newton nor Rembrandt brands)
  • Burnt Umber
  • Raw Umber
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Viridian Green
  • Black (Ivory or Lamp or Mars)
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Your choice of another natural earth red other than Burnt Sienna (i.e.,choose a PR 102 or PBr 7 pigment from the following list): Rosso Veneto, Pompeii Red, or Pozzuoli Red made by Williamsburg; Red Umber or Red Ochre, made by Old Holland; Pozzuoli Red, Ercolano Red, or Pompeii Red, made by Rublev


  • Have around 6 to 10 synthetic mongoose brushes ranging in sizes from 1-10 (filberts only)
  • More detailed finished work will require soft (synthetic or natural) round brushes; 3 or 4 small rounds (sizes #1 to #0) should do it
  • Also have 3 or 4 hog’s bristle brushes on hand, in sizes from 3⁄4″ to 1⁄4″ (filbert or square)

Note: This is the minimum!


  • A faster drying medium such as LiquinTM, available nearly everywhere, is ideal for this workshop
  • 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
  • 2 bulldog clips
  • Mahlstick (a 1/2″ diameter dowel, approx. 30″ long is fine)
  • Foam-core, cut to the height of your canvas and double its width (if your canvas is 16″ x 12″, the foam-core should be 16″ x 24″)

Note: Foam-core and other materials can be purchased locally. If you have any questions, please contact Juan directly at juan@juanmartinez.com.