Academy of Realist Art

In the Studios of Zorn

24 Mar, 2023
26 Mar, 2023

Duration: 3 days
Location: ARA Toronto
Instructor: Fernando Freitas
Full Price: $425
Deposit Required: $150

In the Studios of Zorn


Anders Zorn achieved a versatile range of flesh tones with just four paints on his palette. This limited palette can teach students a streamlined way of capturing complex variations of colour. It’s a great way for painters to build a solid foundation for colour mixing.

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This intensive workshop focuses on the work of Anders Zorn, a prolific painter who achieved a versatile range of flesh tones with just four paints on his palette. This limited palette can teach students a streamlined way of capturing complex variations of colour. It’s a great way for painters to build a solid foundation for colour mixing before adding more pigments to the mix.

Working from selected paintings as references, students will learn a systematic approach to mixing colours and complete several colour studies to match the feel of the images. Suitable for all levels of experience.

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

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


Oil Colours

  • Titanium white or lead (Cremnitz) white
  • Yellow ochre, or yellow ochre light or pale
  • Cad red med or vermillion (preferred), or an earth red (Venetian or English red)
  • Lamp black or ivory black
Note: Purchase only Artist Grade paints. Do not use Winton or water soluble paints.


  • Odorless mineral spirits (GamSol). Turpentine is NOT permitted in the studio.


  • 2-3 canvas boards or canvas pad taped to a board, 8.5"x11" to 9"x12"
Optional: Your canvases for this workshop can be prepared ahead of time with a mid-value grey imprimatura: an initial stain of oil paint diluted with mineral spirits, and applied over the entire surface of the canvas. We suggest trying to match the swatch below as best you can using a mixture of white, black, and raw umber, well mixed with a palette knife. You will need approximately half a ping pong ball-sized amount. You can transfer this to a disposable pie plate to dilute slowly with mineral spirits until the mixture is the consistency of house paint. Apply it with a brush over the entire canvas and set aside for at least 2 weeks to dry completely. To speed up drying, you can add a drying agent, like Liquin or another alkyd dryer, before applying.


  • Palette (Select one of the following): Glass, wood or paper (Grey Matters)
  • 2 palette knives; long blades
  • 2 medium cups (small cups with lids for holding medium or mineral spirits)
  • 2 small jars for cleaning brushes
  • Mahl stick (a ½ inch diameter dowel approximately 30 inches)
  • Rags or paper towels or shop towels

Brushes (either natural or synthetic hair)

Bring a good selection whatever brushes you have in a variety of sizes.


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 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 your class or workshop begins.

Masks and hand hygiene on arrival

On entering the Columbus Centre, all visitors are expected to wear masks at all times. We will now be requiring students to wear a minimum of a 3-ply medical (surgical) mask. 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. As always, you can make up any missed classes at a later date.

Physical distancing

All horses and easels will be placed 6 feet apart. These are not to be moved, and extra distance is encouraged whenever possible. Students with stations will be scheduled to ensure that capacity limits are met. Instructors will practice physical 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 maximum capacity of four people, so please plan accordingly and follow physical distancing rules during breaks.