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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.

Supply List

  • 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.

  • Oil colors:

    • Titanium white

    • Cadmium red light

    • Cadmium orange or equivalent

    • Burnt sienna

    • Yellow ochre

    • Alizarin Crimson

    • Ultramarine blue

    • Purple  

    • Cadmium yellow light

    • viridian green

    • Olive green

    • raw umber

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.

Earlier Event: June 29
Dominique Medici
Later Event: February 22
Nicolas Uribe (FULL)