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Academy of Realist Art (ARA)

2968 Dundas Street West, Second Floor, Toronto, Canada

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ARA has locations in Toronto, Ottawa, and Boston

The Academy of Realist Art (ARA) is one of a select few private institutions in the world that teaches drawing and painting in the old master tradition. We model our curriculum and teaching techniques on the 19th-century European academies with the aim of helping students achieve the highest caliber of skills possible. The foundations we provide can help professionals and amateurs alike achieve exceptional results well beyond their expectations.

ARA's highly successful, step-by-step process teaches students at all levels, from beginner to advanced, to develop realist painting skills. When completed, our four-level program, which is available on a full- or flexible part-time basis, will enable the graduate to approach the most challenging drawing and painting projects with confidence and skill, regardless of their chosen style and medium. Individual instruction is offered in a friendly, supportive and pressure-free group setting where students can learn at their own pace. The only pre-requisites are an interest in drawing and painting, and a willingness to try.

Our progressive curriculum is designed to build on achievements gained at each stage. These stages include:

  • Charles Bargue drawings in graphite
  • Charcoal cast drawings
  • Monochromatic and color cast paintings
  • Full colour still life paintings

Students at all levels also receive instruction in working from the live model throughout the program. Life drawing and painting classes are offered several times a week to accommodate different schedules and needs.

Currently our certificate program is offered in Toronto, Boston, Ottawa, and Edinburgh. ARA also offers a number of highly-popular workshops, running from 2 days to 2 weeks where participants can develop high level skills in a range of academic styles and media, from Old Master techniques and red chalk drawing to portrait, figure, still life and landscape painting.

ARA also offers instructional DVDs on Drawing the Figure, The Bargue Drawing Companion, and the newly released In the Studios of the Old Masters. Visit our website to find out more.

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Founded 1997
Course languages English,Spanish
Instructors Fernando Freitas, Juan Carlos Martinez, Ryan Gauvin, Marc Colangelo, Mark Daniels, Nancy Calder, Jeremy Kantor, Suwhan Lin
Part-Time Instructors 4
Full-Time Instructors 2
Accommodation Yes

Part time: CAN 285 / month

Full time: CAN 585 / month

Academy of Realist Art (ARA)

2968 Dundas Street West, Second Floor

Toronto, Canada

Self Portrait by Esteban Rodriguez

Wonderland by Nicholas Jennings

Still Life Painting

Rose by Esteban Rodriguez

Cast Drawing

22 July 2017 to 28 July 2017

In the Studios of Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

2968 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8

750 USD

This program teaches the French Academic approach used by such artists as Jacques Louis David and his student Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres.

31 July 2017 to 04 August 2017

Portrait Painting from a Photo

2968 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8

600 usd

This 5–day workshop focuses on creating a painted portrait using a photo reference (a selection of pre-approved photos will be provided).

19 August 2017 to 25 August 2017

In the Studios of Caravaggio

2968 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8

750 USD

Instructor Fernando Freitas takes students through the stages of the Tenebrist approach to oil painting in this seven day workshop.

22 September 2017 to 24 September 2017

Alla Prima Portrait Painting

2968 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8

350 USD

This five-day workshop is an introduction to the Alla Prima method — which means “all at once”

13 November 2017 to 17 November 2017

Drawing the Structure and Anatomy of the Head

2968 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8

600 USD

This 5-day drawing workshop focuses on creating a solid understanding of the anatomy of the head as the base for building the structure of the portrait.

04 December 2017 to 08 December 2017

Figure Painting from Life

2968 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8

600 USD

Learn the art of figure painting using our step by step method. Beginner and advanced students will benefit from this painting workshop.