About ARA Programs
The ARA program is designed to strengthen a student’s understanding of how the masters approached their own works.
The principles taught at ARA provide the academic foundation
for beginner and experienced artists alike to gain proficiency in
any artistic pursuit of their choosing.
Our individualized approach ensures we can address the needs of
students at any level. The four-level program can be executed at
their own pace. No portfolio or previous experience is required
for registration. Techniques are taught progressively. As students work their way through their assigned projects, they will further their insight into the areas of life drawing, portrait, cast, and still life.
Students begin their training at the first level “in the flat” through copying plates from the “Charles Bargue Drawing Course”. They then progress into the second level "in the round" working from plaster cast replicas from antiquity. As a continuation of “in the round” study in the third level, students again work from plaster casts, as they move into oils.
The fourth level of the program explores still life. Throughout this training, student's also work from the live model, applying the skills they have learned in the program.
We offer full-time and flexible part-time programs with
individualized feedback to suit all skill levels. Student's can choose from weekday, weeknight or weekend classes. They can also join us for one of our workshops taught by our full-time instructors. In addition, ARA hosts sessions with guest lecturers covering a variety of subject matter throughout the year.
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