Alla Prima Figure Painting
This workshop is about painting the figure Alla Prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to the subjects. There will be a demonstration the first morning, then students will paint from the model. Students will learn to look at the nude figure and see it in terms of large, overall basic shapes. Working on a toned ground, students will start by sketching and placing the subject on the canvas. Then they will block in three simple values: light, dark and mid-tone. By learning to simplify form, values and color, students will begin to interpret and break down the figure into more understandable tones and shapes instead of becoming distracted by details. This helps artists to paint the subject with greater clarity and directness. This workshop will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely and to paint their subject with greater economy.