• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Painting

This ONLINE course introduces classical techniques of portrait painting, focused on realism. Students may use oils or acrylics. The instructor will introduce the materials she uses (oils) and provide insight as to her choices. She will demonstrate techniques and students will work along with her through each stage of the painting, from a basic block-in of big masses, to the final rendered painting.   

Demonstrations will focus on two main projects: a single session portrait painting (Ala Prima- wet on wet technique) and a sustained portrait painting introducing the technique of Piambura.

Along the way, you will learn foundational painting and gain insights and understanding of the form, the importance of value, and the selection and use of color. This ONLINE course is designed to be either a stand alone course to learn the basics of Classical Portrait painting or as a follow-up/companion course to 017 ONLINE Classical Portrait Drawing. It is ideal for students with some portrait drawing and/or painting background. 

Note: There will be no class on August 2, 2021 for the Civic Holiday.

Spring 2021: 5 Weeks: Base Tuition: $235

Summer 2021: 6 Weeks: Base Tuition: $275  

TSA will deliver this course using ZOOM. Prior to the course session, you will receive an invitation for the session(s) via email. You'll need a laptop, desktop or tablet, internet connection with good bandwidth and headset (either wired or wireless). We recommend that you set up a free ZOOM account and be familiar with ZOOM prior to the class beginning.  Here is a link to help you get started: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697

Notes: Instructor Anahita Akhavan is a Toronto-based artist and has been teaching at TSA since summer 2018. Previously, she taught the Fundamentals of Painting and Drawing at the University of Saskatchewan. Akhavan’s practice ranges from figurative abstract painting to collage, drawing and photography. She draws her subject matter from fragments of the human condition: identity; social roles of "the self" in multi-layered constructed surreal spaces. She has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions in Iran and Canada.

Upcoming Sections

CodeInstructorDates & TimeDaysLengthRegister
018Anahita AkhavanMay 25, 2021 to June 22, 2021
TERM - ONLINE Spring 2021
1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
5-week courses$235.00
018Anahita AkhavanJuly 19, 2021 to Aug. 30, 2021
TERM - ONLINE Summer 2021
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
6-week courses$275.00

What you will learn

  • Classical portrait painting techniques
  • Learn in a step by step approach
  • Gain insight into materials and processes of portrait painting

Materials to Bring

Please keep your receipts to all purchases in case you need to return any materials

Classical Portrait Painting Material List