Academy of Realist Art

Creating an Artist Website for Beginners

11 Nov, 2022
13 Nov, 2022

Duration: 3 days
Location: ARA Toronto
Instructor: Robyn Asquini
Full Price: $425
Deposit Required: $150

Creating an Artist Website for Beginners


In this workshop, students will design and launch their own artist website. Students will leave the workshop with a simple, personalized and fully-functional website without having to write a single line of code.

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In this workshop, students will design and launch their own artist website. Students will leave the workshop with a simple, personalized and fully-functional website without having to write a single line of code.

Students will build their website on, a website service with several templates designed specifically for creatives. They will also learn how to structure their website based on their current artistic goals, how to select a colour palette and fonts, how to purchase a URL, how to create a contact form and capture emails for their newsletter and how to create an online store if they would like to sell work.

A practical demonstration will be given around taking quality photographs of artwork to post online, and using simple online photo editing tools before uploading. We will discuss how to use design tools to make each student’s site look unique and aligned with their artistic goals, as well as how to use keywords and tags to improve how their site is found online.

This workshop is geared towards emerging and mid-career artists who create work in any visual media. No prior knowledge of web design or coding is required.

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

This workshop will be led by Robyn Asquini, a painter, graphic artist and art director based in Toronto. Robyn graduated from Sheridan College in 2010 with a Bachelor’s in Illustration and from Parsons the New School in 2015 with a Master’s in Design and Management.

She worked for over a decade as an illustrator, graphic artist and art director, contributing to publications that include Muse Magazine, Elle Canada, Flare Magazine and More Magazine. She also worked for in-house agencies, including at Macy’s and Gladstone Media.

During this time, Robyn attended evening and weekend figure drawing sessions, continuing to hone her technical skills. After moving to Toronto, Ontario in 2018, Robyn enrolled at the Academy of Realist Art. She is currently completing the final level of the Academy’s program while working on a new body of work out of her personal studio at the Academy.

Full workshop price is $425, and a $150 deposit is required to save your spot. The balance will be due on the first day of the workshop.

Note: The workshop fees do not include hosting for Squarespace. 


Equipment and software

Students must bring in their own laptops for this workshop. Prior to starting, students should have the Google Chrome browser installed on their laptop ( To ensure a proven workflow, we ask that students do not sign up for Squarespace or purchase a URL prior to this workshop, though if you have an existing website or URL we can transfer parts of it to your new website.

Pre-workshop preparation

Come prepared with 4-5 photographs of your work to edit or physical pieces to photograph and edit in class. As inspiration, please bookmark or screenshot 2-3 websites that you like to bring to the workshop.


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. All participants enrolled in workshops at our physical location will be required to follow our studio policies in effect to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

Proof of vaccination

All visitors to our Columbus Centre campus must be fully vaccinated to access the building. Please email proof of vaccination to for verification before the workshop begins.

Masks and hand hygiene on arrival

On entering the Columbus Centre, all visitors are expected to wear a minimum of a 3-ply medical mask at all times. Please sign in at the front desk to assist with records for contact tracing, and use the hand sanitization stations in the lobby and elevator. Upon arriving on the 3rd floor, all arriving students are also expected to wash their hands in one of the sinks in the Figure and Workshop rooms.

Daily symptom screening

Please come see an instructor on arrival to have your temperature screened. We ask that any students who are feeling unwell, who have had recent close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or who have recent travel history with a mandatory quarantine period, please stay home and self-isolate.  We will transfer your deposit to a future workshop.

Physical distancing

All horses and easels will be placed 6 feet apart to ensure enough distance between you and your neighbours. These are not to be moved, and extra distance is encouraged whenever possible. Instructors will wear masks at all times and practice social distancing while instructing.

Sanitization stations and common areas

Frequent hand sanitization throughout your time in the school is asked. Sanitization stations are located outside of each studio. The lunch room is limited to a capacity of four people at a time, so please plan accordingly and follow social distancing rules during breaks.