Academy of Realist Art

Atmospheric Portrait Drawing

16 Aug, 2024
18 Aug, 2024

Duration: 3 days
Location: ARA Toronto
Instructor: Miriam Rosenthal
Full Price: $475
Deposit Required: $150

Atmospheric Portrait Drawing


Join us in a 3-day drawing workshop where Miriam Rosenthal will take students through how to construct and design an atmospheric portrait drawing.  For students of any level, this is learning experience that combines traditional and contemporary drawing techniques to help create unique and expressive portrait drawings.

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Immerse yourself in a 3-day drawing workshop led by Miriam Rosenthal, as she guides students through the art of constructing and designing atmospheric portrait drawings. This learning experience is open to students of all levels and integrates a blend of traditional and contemporary drawing techniques to help create unique and expressive portrait drawings.

In this workshop, students will start by learning the art of toning your own paper. Toning paper involves adding a base color with inks or acrylic which will act as a mid range value in order to allow white chalk to be applied as highlights. Once the paper has been toned and has fully dried charcoal will be applied for the background and shadows. Graphite will then be layered on top to render the portrait while white chalk and conte will be added to accent the darkest and lightest values. Throughout this weekend students will be learning techniques to capture the shape, value, form and atmosphere of the subject all while trying to capture their likeness. Miriam will share her expertise in blending different drawing materials such as graphite, charcoal, conte, and white chalk to bring portraits to life with depth and dimension.

Miriam’s teaching style is encouraging and inspiring, fostering a supportive environment where participants can explore their creativity and develop their skills. Whether you are a beginner looking to learn the basics of portrait drawing or an experienced artist wanting to try new drawing techniques, this workshop offers something for everyone.

Join in on this one-of-a-kind workshop and unlock your artistic potential as you create beautiful and expressive portrait drawings using a variety of mixed drawing materials. This workshop is a fantastic opportunity for artists of all levels to expand their skills and explore new possibilities in portrait drawing.

Example of beginning stages of a portrait drawing by Miriam Rosenthal

The class will meet at our studio from 10 am – 4 pm ET each day.

Full workshop price is $475 (including model fee), and a $150 deposit is required to save your spot. The balance will be due on the first day of the workshop.


Drawing Instruments

  • 1-2 Black Conte Pencils
  • Box of Willow Charcoal
  • Graphite Pencils - 2B and HB (a few of each)
  • 1-2 White Chalk Pencils

Drawing Board

  • 1 – 18X24 inches


  • Arches (300 lb hot press) or Fabriano Artistico (140 -300 hot press)


  • Palette knife (for mixing paint to tone)
  • Sanding block
  • Knitting needle 2.5 to 3.5 mm thickness
  • Masking tape
  • Eraser - one white (suggested: Mono Tombow Zero), one kneadable
  • Pencil extender
  • Mahl stick (a ½ inch diameter dowel approximately 30 inches)
  • Stomps


Note – do not buy expensive brushes for drawing.
  • 1  flat watercolour brush (soft hair and minimum 2 inches wide for toning paper)
  • 2 synthetic bristle hair brushes - sizes #2 or #4, and #10
  • 2 synthetic soft hair brushes - sizes #2 or #4, and #10


About ARA Workshops

Each participant gets lots of one-on-one attention from our superb instructors. ARA instructors teach year round so, unlike many artists who offer summer/holiday workshops our instructors are professional teachers as well as accomplished artists. Whether you are an award-winning experienced artist or have never painted before, our instructors will tailor to your skill level. If you have any questions or are having trouble with online registration, please contact us.