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.
Brushes: filberts, flats of varying sizes. Avoid soft synthetic brushes and brights. For stiff synthetics I recommend Silver Bristlon or Rosemary Ivory series. For a natural bristle, any good quality manufacturer will do. (Robert Simmons, Silver brush, Windsor Newton etc.). NOTE: Bring at least 2 brushes which are ¾” and 1” wide
Medium: refined linseed oil, but not cold pressed (NO STAND OIL)
Odorless paint thinner for rinsing/cleaning brushes
Rags or paper towels
Palette AT LEAST 11 x 14 or bigger
Neutrally toned gray canvas or panel: Use Liquitex Basics neutral gray for toning
panel/canvas size range 14 x 18 to 16 x 20 inches. Students need 1-2 canvas/panels for each day of the workshop
Paint cups or old cans. NOTE: Bring jars or cans for your thinner at least 3” in diameter
Jar with lid for used paint thinner.
Cadmium red light
Cadmium orange or equivalent
Cadmium yellow light
Atelier Dojo Workshop Policies
Upon request, a deposit of 50% can reserve your spot. Remaining balance will be due 45 days prior to event.
No refunds can be issued within 45 days of workshop date, unless canceled by Atelier Dojo.