Teaching and Services

Teaching and Services

What is Alla Prima: Alla Prima painting, or wet into wet is the type of painting that I was trained to do. It means to paint the entire image in one sitting while the paint is still wet. It is a way to grapple with the challenges of drawing, color, form, and composition immediately. It trains the eye and hand to work in concert with one another and develops a confidence in the artist to communicate visually impactful images.


Class Offerings

1.) 3 Day Workshop from the Portrait in Alla Prima

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Description

This class is a 3 day workshop working directly from the model and developing our skills in translating the image to oil paint and canvas.

Capturing the figure believably in oil paint can be a difficult task. Doing it in one sitting may seem almost impossible. Yet this is exactly what we will be doing in this workshop. Over the span of 3, 4 hour days we will grapple with the full nude figure in oil paint learning and practicing accurate color mixing, drawing, and placement. We will learn how to acutely perceive and paint the lighting, values, and forms of the model to help develop your ability to paint “alla prima.”

Learning to paint directly or alla prima (wet into wet) is an excellent way to begin painting or to improve one’s painting ability, or even to discover new methods of painting. Alla prima is a challenging method that encourages a high level of accuracy, directness, and a confidence in decision making, especially in regards to color choices. When a student embarks on this process of direct painting, it can be an incredibly energetic, highly focused, and meditative experience. Learning to do the alla prima method well, and practicing it often, can greatly improve one’s discernment in painting. Utlimately its philosophy is transferable to other types of art making.



2.) 3 Day Landscape Workshop in Alla Prima

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Description

This class is a 3 day workshop working directly from the beauty and inspiration of nature. We will develop our skills in translating the image to oil paint and canvas.

Capturing a landscapes intricacies believably in oil paint can be a difficult task. Doing it in one sitting may seem almost impossible. Yet this is exactly what we will be doing in this workshop. Over the span of 3, 4 hour days we will grapple with the landscape around our area in oil paint, learning and practicing accurate color mixing, drawing, and placement. We will learn how to acutely perceive and paint the lighting, values, and forms of the land to help develop your ability to paint “alla prima.”

Learning to paint directly or alla prima (wet into wet) is an excellent way to begin painting or to improve one’s painting ability, or even to discover new methods of painting. Alla prima is a challenging method that encourages a high level of accuracy, directness, and a confidence in decision making, especially in regards to color choices. When a student embarks on this process of direct painting, it can be an incredibly energetic, highly focused, and meditative experience. Learning to do the alla prima method well, and practicing it often, can greatly improve one’s discernment in painting. Utlimately its philosophy is transferable to other types of art making.


3.) Private Drawing and Painting Atelier

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Description

If you would like to get the fully immersive experience and begin to take your abilities to the next level without having to enroll in a University. This could be the perfect class for you. Classes run over a 4 month span. During the first 2 months we will focus primarily on drawing and drawing from life. Then for the next 2 months we will transition into painting and painting from life.

What is unique about my approach is that while helping students to develop their skills in both drawing and painting, I also help them to begin discovering their own particular voice and to begin expressing that in their work. I want each artist to find what is unique and different about them, what makes them passionate, and what it is that they feel they need to express. This helps the student to develop a confidence and a particularity that helps them to discern their own voice and share that with the world.