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Alla Prima Oils

Alla Prima Oil Demo

Duration: Day workshop, 6 hours

Price: £70

Book with: Tom Shepherd
at Tom Shepherd Art

Church House
17 Butter Street
Alcester
Warwickshire
B49 5AL
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Course Start Dates

Saturday 1st February 2020

About the Course

In this day workshop we will be looking at Alla Prima oil painting.

Translating as "all at once", we look at paintings built up quickly, and how to do this in oils. Simplicity is key, with impressionistic brushstrokes, thick paint and little flicks of detail at the end. Any subject goes on this day!

I'll be demo-ing in oils but everything is directly transferable to acrylics and works equally well. So acrylic painters are very welcome.

As well as basic foundations and solid principles of painting we will also be looking at:

- Quickly capturing the essence of a scene with a simple underpainting

-How to quickly build on top of this underpainting with simple tones and simple colour palettes.

-How to interpret and edit a scene to create simple but effective paintings

-How to look for, and paint, "the light"

-How to keep things simple, what to leave out

-Finding the magic carefree mindset (somewhere between being too careful and too careless)

-How to use the brush and apply the paint at various stages of the alla prima process

-How to create those lovely textured bravura (fancy word for 'showing off a bit') brushstrokes towards the end of the painting

A friendly but productive and focused atmosphere

-Suitable for all experience levels and abilities
-Max. 12 students with plenty of one on one time
-Materials provided for an extra fee of £10, payable on the day
-Easy parking options close by

I am happy to provide a recommended kit list on request.

You are welcome to bring your own reference or I have a large selection of reference photos you are welcome to work from.

Lunch is not provided so attendees are recommended to bring their own. The venue is in the heart of a busy town, so plenty of options to pop out and grab some

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Tea, coffee, cakes & biscuits.

Materials provided for an extra fee of £10, payable on the day.



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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Advanced/professional level
  • Intermediate level
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Weekends
  • Wheelchair friendly