Capturing the Expressive Qualities of the Alla Prima Portrait

Michelle Dunaway
Course Meets
11/27/2018 - 11/30/2018 9:00AM - 4:00PM on Tue Wed Thu Fri
$625 + $50 model fee/ 4 days
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Skill Level
Intermediate to advanced
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This workshop will be a comprehensive study into painting the portrait “Alla Prima” in oils. Michelle will do a demonstration each morning while discussing the key elements that makeup not only an accurate portrait but a compelling portrait painting. The fundamentals of a painting are key to achieving a solid effect of light and form in paint, but great portraiture goes beyond this and captures a sense of breath and aliveness in the finished painting. Students will paint after the morning demo and Michelle will give individual help to each student as they work from a live model. She will not only advise on the current painting but will help students as a whole achieve the next desired level in their work. All of the techniques of painting will be covered from drawing, composition, color, value, and edges, as well as how to bring a portrait to a likeness and ultimately capture a sense of life in the finished painting.