for the Aspiring Poetic Realist Artist


A traditional drawing and painting academy in Toronto, Canada for the aspiring fine artist devoted to the study of poetic realism in portraiture, figurative, landscape and still life art.


Small groups per class  · Student learns at own pace  · All levels welcome 


COVID-19 Update:


The AAC is closed until further notice in abidance with the provincial order.

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AAC proportionate drawing in natural north light


AAC student study after Bonnat


AAC poetic realism in all genres


AAC en plein air landscape painting

  Academy of Art Canada's program is for those wishing to secure a comprehensive artistic foundation derived from a full spectrum of traditional drawing and painting.


  The AAC's strong curriculum differs from those courses which, on one hand, stress excessive 'expression' to the exclusion of accuracy, while also differing from more recent programs which stress the opposite: an emphasis on exact descriptive accuracy - to the exclusion of those aspects of picture making which elevate the subject from the literally real to the poetically real.


  The AAC program is available full-time or part-time, meeting each student's needs. Workshops are available for those not enrolled in the applied program.


    Derived from the study of five hundred years of art, Academy of Art Canada is the choice for those who want a sincere, pre-1900, step-by-step,  alternative to art instruction. A strong emphasis is placed on accurate drawing and artistic interpretation - learning from the poetic realism of the past. The student learns their craft from studying the artistic thinking and historical techniques of the Renaissance through Early Flemish, Venetian, Baroque, Dutch/Flemish landscape, 18th century British, 19th century Parisian atelier, Barbizon, Tonalist and Hudson River. It can be taught.


     The future of painting is the student of today who has developed an accurate eye for nature along with an ability to conceptualize these perceptions in artistic terms derived from great work of the past. These are the artists who will be fully equipped to discover the true beauty and mystery in the art of painting - allowing them to build upon tradition and fully realize their unique, artistic visions within the world of today.

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