Portrait Painting: Academic & Alla Prima



Choose just 5 Weeks (Part 1)* or full 10 Weeks (Parts 1 & 2)
– Part 1: 21 Sept. – 20 Oct. 2021
– Part 2: 2 Nov. – 1 Dec. 2021

Time: Tuesdays 10am – 12pm, starting 21 Sept.
Duration: 2-Hour Class Each Week
Format: Live Online Zoom Course
Level: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced

* If you’re only booking Part 1 (5 Weeks) now, and subsequently decide to continue with Part 2 of this course, you can book this continuation before the end of October.

This online course covers the two main approaches to portrait painting in oils: the traditional underpainting-overpainting method and the alla prima method.

Underpinning both of these practices, you will be given a solid understanding of the essential aspects of portraiture and painting, and the techniques required to produce a realistic and recognisable depiction of your subject. The academic and alla prima approaches to portrait painting are not mutually exclusive, nor do they present a choice of traditional versus modern; they are much more fluid than that, as you’ll see, for instance, in the work of 17th-century painters like Frans Hals or Velázquez.

This course allows you to explore both ways of working, giving more time and consideration to the structural elements by taking the slower and steadier indirect approach, and in turn, boosting your confidence and skill needed for the faster wet-into-wet alla prima style.

You can choose to do just 5 weeks (Part 1) or the full 10 weeks (Parts 1 and 2).

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.

– Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Please note that there will be a one-week break for Hallowe’en halfway through this course. See further details and other important information in the sections below.