“Color Spot” and Alla Prima Art Clinic

General Course Description

This “alla prima” (at first attempt) painting Art Clinic really gets to the heart of what representational painting really is, pieces of color on a canvas.  Yet when the color is accurately mixed and placed next to other accurate pieces of color, the paint vibrates and tricks the eye into believing the marks are more than just paint.   This workshop stresses application paint and color mixing to get an accurate painting the first time.   An excellent Art Clinic for those who need practice mixing and “seeing color”.

Upcoming Alla Prima Art Clinics

Session 1: “Alla Prima Art Clinic: Unfinished Figure,” Friday, January 13 – February 3, 1:30 – 4:00pm – REGISTER HERE
Session 2: “Alla Prima Art Clinic: Unfinished Figure,” Friday, February 24 – March 17, 1:30 – 4:00pm – REGISTER HERE

Alla Prima Art Clinic: Unfinished Figure (WINTER 2023)

Frankly, alla prima is a nice method for figure painters because hiring models isn’t cheap, and this technique can cut down on the time you need to spend with the model.  This art clinic is about keeping the spontaneity and freshness alive in your figure painting. We’ll address how to map the figure out, mix beautiful flesh tones, and using negative space to gain a better handle on anatomy and proportions.  We’ll practice the three steps in creating a fresh painting: 1) identification of the color, 2) mixing the color, and 3) putting the color in the right spot.  And if we leave a few spots of our canvas unpainted all the better.  This Art Clinic has a $30 model fee paid in class.


Session 1 – Alla Prima Art Clinic: Unfinished Figure – REGISTER HERE

Fridays, 1:30 – 4:00pm, January 13 – February 3


Schedule of Classes:

Class 1) January 13- Demonstration Day “Proportions Mapping: Drawing with the Brush”

working from the Live model (Day 1 of 2)

Class 2) January 20 – Painting Day

working from the Live model (Day 2 of 2)

Class 3 January 27 “Mixing Flesh Tones”

working from the Live model (Day 1 of 2)

Class 4) February 3 Painting Day

working from the Live model (Day 2 of 2)

Session 2 – Alla Prima Art Clinic: Unfinished Figure – REGISTER HERE

Fridays, 1:30 – 4:00pm, February 24 – March 17


Session 2 – Schedule of Classes:

Class 1) February 24- Demonstration Day “Proportions Mapping: Using Negative Space”

working from the Live model (Day 1 of 2)

Class 2) March 3 – Painting Day

working from the Live model (Day 2 of 2)

Class 3 March 10 “Simplification: Use the Viewers Imagination to Fill the Gaps”

working from the Live model (Day 1 of 2)

Class 4) March 17 Painting Day

Suggested Material List for Oil Paint

Palette

Oil painters- I recommend a BIG wood pallet

The ABSOLUTE BEST is a New Wave – https://newwaveart.com/collections/maple-wood-hand-held-palettes/products/grand-view

 

Surface

*3-4 canvas boards/panels/canvases 

My personal preference is panel.  I make my own, but panels made by “Ampersand” with a ¾” cradle are very comparable.  One/two day paintings can be small sizes (between 10×10 and 16×16).

 

Brushes- (suggested)- Natural Hair Brushes or Synthetic Brushes 

Typically, I use “Winsor Newton Monarch Synthetic” or Jack Richardson “Grey Matter” brushes, you can use any brand you like as long as they are “oil or acrylic” brushes and have a long handle.  For alla prima, I prefer synthetic or nature sable hair.  I mostly stick to round, filbert and flat shaped brushes.

size 4, size 8, size 10, size 12 :  (use your best judgement though)

 

Cleaners

Murphy’s Oil Soap (the kind you clean your floors with)

“Gamsol” mineral spirits

Brush cleaning tank – to put Gamsol in, OR you can make this with an old salsa jar and chicken wire

 

Mediums (what you add to increase the paint “flow”) I do not use mediums for alla prima

If you must though… “Alkyd” Walnut oil (made by M.Graham) 

Medium cup (Or small baby food jar to hold medium)

 

Other

Metal Pallet knife, Liquitex brand, small knife#14

Something to carry everything, (art box, French easel, portfolio, back back, etc)

Paper Towel (I like to Scott, blue paper towel, you can buy at Costco or hardware store)

 

Suggested Paint (small tubes, 37-40ml)

My favorite brand is “M. Graham Paint” especially the earth tones.  I also like Holbein and Gamblin brands to fill in the gaps of paint colors not covered my M. Graham.  Williamsburg paint is also really nice and has a tone of great colors.  

 

Cadmium Lemon Yellow (optional)

Cadmium Yellow Medium

Cadmium Orange (optional)

Cadmium Red

Quinacridone Magenta

(Permanent) Alizarin Crimson (optional)

Ultramarine Blue

Cerulean Blue

Viridian

Sap Green (optional)

Naples Yellow

Yellow Ochre

Burnt Siena

Burnt Umber

Ivory Black

Titanium White (Big tube)

 

Other (fantastic) colors

Bohemian Earth Green -Williamsburg brand

Juane Brilliant (substitute for Naples Yellow) – figure painting

Flake White (substitute for Titanium White) – figure painting

Cobalt Teal

 

Recommended Reading

 

“Alla Prima:  Everything I know about Painting ” by Richard Schmid  https://www.scribd.com/doc/31909357/alla-prima

 

Hawthorne on Painting collected by Mrs. Charles Hawthorne

Alla Prima Art Clinic: Unfinished Figure (WINTER 2022-2023)

Frankly, alla prima is a nice method for figure painters because hiring models isn’t cheap, and this technique can cut down on the time you need to spend with the model.  This art clinic is about keeping the spontaneity and freshness alive in your figure painting. We’ll address how to map the figure out, mix beautiful flesh tones, and using negative space to gain a better handle on anatomy and proportions.  We’ll practice the three steps in creating a fresh painting: 1) identification of the color, 2) mixing the color, and 3) putting the color in the right spot.  And if we leave a few spots of our canvas unpainted all the better.  This Art Clinic has a $30 model fee paid in class.


Alla Prima Art Clinic – Plein Air (SPRING 2023)

Alla prima means “at first attempt” and that first attempt of a color mixture or application of a paint stroke is critical when painting the great outdoors.  As the sun moves across the sky, our painting method must be quick to capture all the moments of dramatic light and shadow. That’s why getting the paint stroke right the first time is so important. We’ll practice the three steps in creating a fresh plein air painting: 1) identification of the color, 2) mixing the color, and 3) putting the color in the right spot.  In attending to these three things, you’ll preserve the spontaneity and energy in your plein air paintings.


Alla Prima Art Clinic: Figure in Plein Air (FALL 2022 and SPRING 2023)

This Art Clinic combines figure painting and plein air painting.  This is an amazing opportunity to make each of the two painting genres more exciting and dynamic.  You’ll have ample opportunities in this Art Clinic to simplify the figure or transform the landscape into its basic shapes and exaggerate colors.  On site instruction will include mixing flesh tones that are bathed in natural light, paint application, and compositional guidelines in placing the figure in the plein air environment.  Plus, it’s a good excuse to paint hats and umbrellas… how very Seurat of you!  There is an additional $25 model fee paid in class.