David Shevlino
to Dec 9

David Shevlino

Alla Prima Figure Painting

This class is about painting the figure alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects.  On the first morning there will be a demonstration, then the class will paint from the model.  Students will learn to look at the nude figure and see it in terms of large, overall basic shapes.  Working on a toned ground, we’ll start by sketching and placing the subject on the canvas.  Then we block in two simple values: light and dark tone.  After that we begin adding mid tones. By learning to simplify form, values and color, we begin to interpret and break down the figure into more understandable tones and shapes instead of becoming distracted by details.  This helps us to paint our subjects with greater clarity and directness. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely and to paint their subject with greater economy.

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Nicolas Uribe
to Feb 24

Nicolas Uribe


Describing form in terms of painting, particularly when done from a naturalist reflection, is a highly complex challenge that requires the strongest bond between the painter and materials, particularly pigments. The election of the colors that are going to make up the palette, and consequently dictate the color relationships within the painting, is one of the most fundamental, transcendental decisions that a painter takes. This workshop initially concentrates on how the relations that are generated in the palette have the potential to amplify the specific intention behind the goal of representation.

In this workshop specific daily exercises while working from a life model are going to be done, and based on the palette and the color relationships that are generated in each palette type, drawing, form, structure, gesture, light, atmosphere, expression and color are going to be emphasized.

The goal is to bring the painter closer to identifying and generating a solid dynamic between perception, intention and interpretation through painting, never leaving behind the fundamentals of drawing.

Every day 10am-1pm, 2pm-6pm (one hour lunch break)

Day 1
Reduced Earth Palette
Lead White, Yellow Ochre, Terra Rossa, Ivory Black.

Day 3
Cool Temperature/Primary Color Palette
Lead White, Yellow Ochre, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Raw Umber.

High Chroma/Primary Color Palette
Lead White, Cadmium Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Red Medium, Cobalt Blue Light.


Complete Palette:

Lead White (can be replaced with Titanium White), Cad Yellow Lemon, Yellow Ochre, Cad Red Medium, Alizarin, Terra Rossa (can be replaced with Venetian Red), Raw Umber, Cobalt Blue Light, Ultramarine Blue and Ivory Black.

Natural Bristle and Soft Brushes or Synthetic brushes, of varied shapes and sizes (flats, filberts and rounds).

Medium: None

Wooden, Masonite, Glass or Acrylic palette, it’s important that it’s not a white palette.

Panels, Boards or Canvases no bigger than 60x60 cm, previously primed with a neutral tone.

Nicolás Uribe is an American painter, born in Wisconsin, USA, currently based in Bogotá, Colombia. He graduated with Honours from School of Visual Arts in NY. Nicolás has had numerous solo exhibitions both in the US and South America, and has exhibited his work in Mexico, Spain, Egypt, among other countries. He’s done numerous painting workshops in the UK, Spain, Canada and the US. He splits his time between preparing works for upcoming exhibitions and teaching Life Drawing and Painting at the Fine Arts Faculty of the Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogotá. Nicolás is also part of the team at Blank Atelier in Bogotá, where he teaches workshops privately.

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Felicia Forte
to Apr 28

Felicia Forte

Alla Prima Painting with a Focus on Abstraction

Still Life and Portrait

Alla Prima painting, or wet into wet, single session painting is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing only on the essentials, ultimately giving you great dexterity and control. With demonstration and gentle critique, Felicia will challenge you to correctly observe and record the fundamentals: shapes, values, edges and color. 

In this workshop Felicia will combine portraiture, the subject that she was first interested in, and with which she gained her skill, with her current interests in still life, interiors and abstraction.

Felicia is an inspired and creative teacher with 10 years of teaching experience under her belt. She will interact with each student according to their experience and strengths. All levels welcome.

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Zoey Frank
to Sep 15

Zoey Frank

Figure in the Environment

This workshop will explore how the figure interacts with its environment. We will look at the big picture and at the spatial relationships that situate a figure in its context. We will discuss how the figure can either function as the focal point or be subdued to fit within an overarching motif. Working from observation in oils, we will make small painted studies to hone in on composition, and then work on one larger painting over the 3 days. Focus will be placed on finding accurate value and color relationships that build a complete image. The course will be taught through lecture, demonstration and individual critique.

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