Academy of Realist Art


At the Academy of Realist Art – the only art 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 realist art.

The Academy of Realist Art 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.

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 workshops and 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.

Whether you join a workshop or our regular program, 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.

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

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