Come learn the same step-by-step methods taught in our regular program in an intensive format in our workshops . Students will learn skills in drawing and painting that can be applied to their own projects . Whether you are an experienced artist or have never painted before , our instructors will tailor to your skill level .
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At the Academy of Realist Art – the only school of its kind in Canada – we teach students the academic skills for classical drawing and painting .
Through our unique step-by-step process , you will master the skills and disciplines needed to create realistic fine art .
We welcome students with all levels of experience , from professionals to absolute beginners . No prior formal training in the arts is required for you to begin our 4-level fundamental program .
We offer flexible classes during the day , in the evenings , and on weekends , so whether you are pursuing art as a profession or a hobby there is a place for you at ARA .
For more information on fees and schedules , please contact us at info @ academyofrealistart . com or 416-766-1280 .
Students will learn the anatomy of the head as a base for building the structure of the portrait . Working through a series of exercises and short poses with live models , students will learn the planes , proportions , and features of the face , and underlying anatomy . Instructor : Esteban Rodriguez .
This workshop focuses on the classic alla prima portraiture style used by John Singer Sargent , one of the most influential direct painters of all time . Students will learn his wet-into-wet technique , which allows us to paint in a very quick and efficient way with expressive and realistic results . Instructor : Esteban Rodriguez .
Students will be guided from beginning to end in achieving a stronger likeness in capturing a portrait . We will cover the structure of the head , focusing on proportion and placement of the features . Special attention will placed on the planes , forms , and volumes of the face . Instructor : Fernando Freitas .
William Bougeuereau ’ s 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 . Students will learn a series of repeatable steps , ultimately leading to a painting of the highest finish . Instructor : Fernando Freitas .
Learn the art of figure drawing using our step-by-step method . Students will work directly from the nude , learning the basics of gesture , proportion , and morphology . Students will then render using big form and small form modeling to obtain a dramatic three-dimensional figure . Instructor : Fernando Freitas .
Students will explore all aspects of painting , including brushwork , form , and colour . Students will learn how to combine traditional layering methods with modern wet-into-wet paint application , for expressiveness and efficiency without compromising quality or draftsmanship . Instructor : Esteban Rodriguez .
How can you select the best photo references to work from , and what special challenges will you need to tackle ? Students will paint a portrait using a photo reference , learning what to keep and what to leave out . They will also learn painting fundamentals such as form , value , shape , colour theory , and the process of “ finishing ”. Instructor : Esteban Rodriguez .
John William Waterhouse is one of Britain ’ s best-loved 19th century painters , whose innovative pictorial compositions feature many works inspired by Homer , Ovid , Shakespeare , Tennyson , and Keats . Working from a selected study , students learn the specific step-by-step process to achieve an exact copy , and gain a clear understanding of the principles of oil painting . Instructor : Fernando Freitas .