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Portrait Painting in Oil from a Photo Workshop

Instructed by: Fernando Freitas - October Thursday the 26th to Saturday the 28th - Please contact us for more details!

The Academy

The ARA approach is designed to strengthen a student’s understanding of how the masters created their own works. These principles provide the academic foundation for beginner and experienced artists alike to gain proficiency in any artistic pursuit of their choosing.

Students can join us for one of our workshops taught by our instructors. We offer individualized feedback to suit all skill levels. Students will further their insight into the areas of life drawing, portrait, cast, and still life. In addition, ARA hosts sessions with guest lecturers covering a variety of subject matter throughout the year.

We can address the needs of students with any amount of experience. No portfolio or previous experience is required.

The course is broken down into 4 levels

Level 1 – Complete 4 Bargue copies in graphite
Level 2 – Complete 2 Plaster Cast copies in vine charcoal
Level 3 – Complete 3 Plaster Cast copies in oil paint, starting in monochrome, then gradually adding colour
Level 4 – Complete 3 Still Life paintings in oil paint, each painting representing a different theme

Class Schedule

Tuesday – 10:00am to 1:00pm
Wednesday – 10:00am to 1:00pm
Thursday – 10:00am to 1:00pm
& 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Friday – 10:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday – 10:00am to 1:00pm

Price Plans

A class is a 3-hour session. Depending on which price plan you opt for, you can arrange your 3-hour sessions whenever you’d like during the week. For instance, a Plan B student could either take 2 separate classes during the week, or can take them back to back on Thursday. Its entirely flexible, so long as you don’t exceed your hourly plan.

*Note: Missed classes are the students responsibility to make-up during the month they’ve missed it. Classes do not roll over to the next month.

Plan A

CAD$ 185

Per Month1 Class a week for a month.

Plan B

CAD$ 310

Per Month2 Classes a week for a month.

Plan C

CAD$ 425

Per Month3 Classes a week for a month.

Plan D

CAD$ 535

Per Month4 Classes a week for a month.


CAD$ 175

Per MonthSpecifically for teenagers in High-school.
This class is 2-hours on: Fridays 5:30pm – 7:30pm


CAD$ 50

Per ClassFor students unable to make a month-to-month commitment.

Contact Us

2445 St.Laurent Blvd,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 6C3

(613) 260-0483