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Academy of Realist Art (ARA)

http://www.AcademyofRealistArt.com

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2968 Dundas Street West, Second Floor, Toronto, Ontario, 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, and Ottawa. 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.

Website http://www.AcademyofRealistArt.com
Founded 1997
Course languages English,Spanish
Instructors Fernando Freitas, Juan Carlos Martinez, Ryan Gauvin, Marc Colangelo, Mark Daniels, Esteban Rodriguez
Part-Time Instructors 4
Full-Time Instructors 2
Students 120
Accommodation Yes
Costs

Part time: CAN 285 / month

Full time: CAN 585 / month

Contact

Academy of Realist Art (ARA)

2968 Dundas Street West, Second Floor

Toronto, Ontario, M6P 1Y8, Canada

info@AcademyofRealistArt.com

Self Portrait by Esteban Rodriguez

Rose by Esteban Rodriguez

Wonderland by Nicholas Jennings

Still Life Painting

Cast Drawing

12 August 2019 to 16 August 2019

In the Studios of John Singer Sargent and His Peers with Instructor Esteban Rodriguez


2968 Dundas St W, Second Floor, Toronto, ON


600 CAN

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.


08 April 2019 to 12 April 2019

Classical Portrait Painting with Instructor Esteban Rodriguez


2968 Dundas St W, Second Floor, Toronto, ON


600 CAN

This 5-day workshop focuses on a head-and-shoulders portrait study painted from a live model using a “classical” academic approach. There will be a single, long-term sitting for the duration of the workshop. The academic method allows participants to explore all aspects of portraiture including anatomical structure, planes of the face, expressive brushwork, achieving a likeness, etc. Despite its ancient roots, this is a modern synthesis that allows for efficiency of execution.


22 April 2019 to 26 April 2019

Rembrandt and His School with visiting instructor Juan Martinez


2968 Dundas St W, Second Floor, Toronto, ON


650 CAN

Rembrandt and his school re-wrote the art and craft of oil painting in the 17th century and beyond, and it is beneficial today for any artist to do a master copy from that period. Rembrandt was a complete painter, fluidly employing methods ranging from classic indirect, to direct, and even to what can be likened to sculpting with paint. His approach was efficient yet endlessly expressive, and copying Rembrandt gives painters a deeper understanding of oil painting and its possibilities.


06 May 2019 to 10 May 2019

Drawing the Structure and Anatomy of the Head with Instructor Esteban Rodriguez


2968 Dundas St W, Second Floor, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8


600 CAN

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. Participants will be taken through a number of shorter poses, where with a lineal drawing, the construct of the head will be broken down into a series of big to small steps. The workshop will discuss the planes, proportions, and features of the face, and how these can be explained through anatomy.


24 May 2019 to 26 May 2019

Sketching the Figure from Life with principal instructor Fernando Freitas


2968 Dundas St W, Second Floor, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8


350 CAN

Learn the art of figure drawing using our step-by-step method. Beginner and advanced students will benefit from this drawing workshop. Students will be working directly from the nude using charcoal or carbon pencil. Principal instructor Fernando Freitas will teach the basics of gesture, proportion, and morphology. Students will then finish their drawings with big form and small form modeling. The end effect is a dramatic three-dimensional figure.


10 June 2019 to 14 June 2019

Painting the Figure from Life with principal instructor Fernando Freitas


2968 Dundas St W, Second Floor, Toronto, ON


600 CAN

Learn the art of figure painting using our step-by-step method. Beginner and advanced students will benefit from this painting workshop. Students will be working directly from the nude using oil paint. Principal instructor Fernando Freitas will teach the basics of gesture, proportion, and morphology. Students will then finish their paintings with big form and small form modeling. The end effect is a dramatic three-dimensional figure.


17 June 2019 to 21 June 2019

Alla Prima Portrait Painting with Instructor Esteban Rodriguez


2968 Dundas St W, Second Floor, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8


600 CAN

This 5-day workshop is an introduction to the Alla Prima method, which means “all at once.” This is a method that has to be done in one section, wet-into-wet, where each brushstroke counts. Using this approach, artists can develop a better vocabulary of paint and brush handling toward achieving expressive, yet realistic portraits in a more immediate way. Participants will execute one sketch each day throughout the week, from a range of different points using live models. This course is suitable for all levels.


06 July 2019 to 12 July 2019

In the Studios of Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres with principal instructor Fernando Freitas


2968 Dundas St W, Second Floor, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8


750 CAN

Principal Instructor Fernando Freitas takes students through the stages of the Ingres approach to oil painting in this 7-day workshop. This workshop teaches the French Academic approach used by old masters like Jacques Louis David and his student Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. Working from a selected study, students learn the specific step by-step process to achieve an exact copy, as well as gain a clear understanding of the principles of oil painting, and the best techniques and materials to use. Suitable for all levels.


15 July 2019 to 19 July 2019

Portrait Painting from a Photo with Instructor Esteban Rodriguez


2968 Dundas St W, Second Floor, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8


600 CAN

How can you select the best photo references to work from, and what special challenges will you need to tackle? This 5–day workshop focuses on creating a painted portrait using a photo reference, learning what to keep and what to leave out. 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. Students of all levels are welcome.


24 August 2019 to 30 August 2019

In the Studios of Caravaggio with principal instructor Fernando Freitas


2968 Dundas St W, Second Floor, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8


750 CAN

Principal Instructor Fernando Freitas takes students through the stages of the Tenebrist approach to oil painting. This workshop teaches the chiaroscuro approach (which means light and dark) used by such artists as Rembrandt and Caravaggio. Working from a selected study, students learn the specific step-by-step process to achieve an exact copy, as well as gain a clear understanding of the principles of oil painting, and the best techniques and materials to use. Suitable for all levels of experience.


16 September 2019 to 20 September 2019

Drawing the Structure and Anatomy of the Head with Instructor Esteban Rodriguez


2968 Dundas St W, Second Floor, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8


600 CAN

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. Participants will be taken through a number of shorter poses, where with a lineal drawing, the construct of the head will be broken down into a series of big to small steps. The workshop will discuss the planes, proportions, and features of the face, and how these can be explained through anatomy.


11 October 2019 to 13 October 2019

Sketching the Figure from Life with principal instructor Fernando Freitas


2968 Dundas St W, Second Floor, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8


350 CAN

Learn the art of figure drawing using our step-by-step method. Beginner and advanced students will benefit from this drawing workshop. Students will be working directly from the nude using charcoal or carbon pencil. Principal instructor Fernando Freitas will teach the basics of gesture, proportion, and morphology. Students will then finish their drawings with big form and small form modeling. The end effect is a dramatic three-dimensional figure.