Alla Prima Figure Painting

The definition of alla prima is to finish a painting in one sitting. This course will cover color and tonal harmonies, chromatic perspective, application of paint and composition using alla prima methods that will enable you to create a complete painting during each studio session. This workshop will help you develop concentration, intensity of working, and decision making, through specific exercises while you paint.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place in our building with strict social distancing protocols and reduced student capacity. Please see our COVID-19 community safety policies.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 23rd. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Tuesday, December 7th.

What you will learn:

  • Getting familiar with “Alla Prima Technique”

  • Learning how to compose a painting from start to finish

  • Learning the basics of color mixing

  • Learning how to see and paint color and value relationships

  • Learning the diverse methods to apply brush strokes

Required supplies:

  • Turpenoid

  • Medium: Liquin Original

  • Paper towels

  • Pizza box (or other box to transport wet paintings)

  • Panel sizes: Bring three support to paint on prepared with gray gesso. No smaller than 8×10 inches and no bigger than 14×16 inches

  • Winton/Windsor & Newton Oil Paints (40 ml tube) suggested:

    • Cadmium Yellow Light
    • Indian Yellow
    • Cadmium Orange
    • Cadmium Red Light
    • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
    • Dioxazine Purple
    • French Ultramarine
    • Titanium White (150 ml)
    • Ivory Black
    • Permanent Green
    • Chromium Oxide Green
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Raw Sienna
    • Indian Red
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Raw Umber
  • If you already have a color palette that you are familiar with and that works for you, please bring your own colors.

  • The instructor will talk about brushes during the first class. Bring any brushes that you might already have.