Alla Prima Portrait Painting
2-Day Oil Painting Workshop with Brian Smyth
This two-day intensive workshop with Brian Smyth, artist and tutor from the Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy, provides an excellent introduction to the alla prima method of portrait painting. Alla prima (or 'at the first') relies on a method where the painting is completed in a single session while the paint is still wet. It will also demonstrate some of the principles and techniques currently being taught at the realist painting academies in Florence and elsewhere. This workshop will focus on painting from life, using a number of live models throughout the workshop.
The Alla Prima Portrait Painting Workshop will be held at Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November 2018.
Limited Places! Please BOOK EARLY to ensure a place on this workshop!
The alla prima method of painting encourages you to be aware of each brush stroke, seeking out a direct, concise and expressive application of paint. By this means, great control and dexterity in handling the paint is developed, leading towards the completion of expressive and realistic portraits.
Working with a limited colour palette, based on the Zorn palette system, Brian will teach you a step-by-step process to portrait painting from life. Organizing the palette, colour mixing, drawing, value and edges will be covered discussed and demonstrated. Students will get to work on three 3-hour portraits during this workshop, with demonstration paintings and in depth personal critiques.Materials List
- Live models each day
- Basic materials included*
- Detailed handouts
- Practical exercises
- Live Demonstrations
- Refreshments provided
*Students will be required to bring certain materials.
Brian will demonstrate each of the key steps involved in the alla prima painting process
and will individually assist each student as they progress.
Alla Prima Portrait Step-by-Step by Brian Smyth © 2018