Academy of Realist Art

Painting in the Studio of Sorolla

24 May, 2024
26 May, 2024

Duration: 3 days
Location: ARA Toronto
Instructor: Robyn Asquini
Full Price: $450
Deposit Required: $150

Painting in the Studio of Sorolla


Join Robyn Asquini for a 3-day workshop where we will immerse ourselves in the vibrant world of the renowned Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida.

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Join artist Robyn Asquini for a transformative 3-day workshop where you will be fully immersed in the vibrant world of the renowned Spanish painter, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida. Throughout this experience, you will have the opportunity to delve deep into Sorolla’s masterful techniques, learning how to skillfully capture the essence of light, color, and impressionist brushwork.

Over the course of three days, you will engage in a variety of activities, including presentations, insightful discussions, and a live demonstration by Robyn that will illuminate the beauty and brilliance of Sorolla’s work. By studying Sorolla’s artistic process and exploring his unique approach to painting, you will gain invaluable insights that will inform and inspire your own creative practice.

Whether you are a novice looking to explore the world of Sorolla’s artistry or a seasoned artist seeking to expand your skills and creativity, this workshop provides a welcoming and supportive environment for all levels of experience. Join us for a journey of artistic discovery and growth, where you will be encouraged to push the boundaries of your creativity, experiment with new techniques, and unleash your full artistic potential. Don’t miss this opportunity to be inspired, learn, and create alongside like-minded individuals in a setting that celebrates the transformative power of art.

Painting of girl by Sorolla

Robyn Asquini is a graduate of the Academy of Realist Art and an Art Renewal Centre (ARC) Associate Living Master. She has won numerous awards for her paintings from the Society of Canadian Artists, Federation of Canadian Artists, Canadian Portrait Society, and the Art Renewal Center. Recently, she exhibited in New York at the Salmagundi Club’s Open Figurative Exhibition and The Dacia Gallery 13th Anniversary Group Exhibit. Her work is held in private collections internationally.

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

Full workshop price is $450, and a $150 deposit is required to save your spot. The balance will be due on the first day of the workshop



Oil Colours

  • Titanium White
  • Naples Yellow or Brilliant Yellow
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna
  • Cadmium Red
  • Alizarin Crimson or Rose Madder
  • Raw Umber
  • Viridian Green
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cobalt Violet
Note: only purchase artist quality paints. No Winton or water soluble paints.


  • Odourless Mineral Spirits (Gamsol). Turpentine is NOT permitted in the studio


  • Linseed Oil or Walnut Oil


  • Acrylic primed panel or canvas 16”by 12” (Ampersand or Raymar are suggested brands) Ensure that the surface is a smoother portrait grade canvas or linen with fine texture


  • Palette (select one of the following): glass, wood, or paper (Grey Matters)
  • 1 palette knife with long blade
  • 2 cups for your oil and mineral spirits
  • 1 small jar for cleaning brushes
  • Rags, paper towels, or shop towels

Brushes (either synthetic or natural)

Minimum Brush Requirement:
  • 2-3 Bristle hair filbert brushes – ranging in size from #2 to #8
  • 10-20 Soft hair filbert brushes – ranging in size from #2 to #12
  • 2-3 EACH of #2, #4, #6, and #8
  • 1 EACH of #10 and #12

Optional Tools

  • Knitting needle
  • Mahl stick  (a ½ inch diameter dowel approximately 30 inches)
  • Flats, round, or fan brushes to achieve a wider variety of brushwork


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.