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WS-91 Portraits - Painting the Alla Prima Portrait from Life - with Live Model (FA22)

  • December 15, 2022
  • December 17, 2022
  • 2 sessions
  • December 15, 2022, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (EST)
  • December 17, 2022, 9:30 AM 6:00 PM (EST)
  • North Hills Art Center
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Registration deadline: December 8


The workshop is designed to develop the artist's ability to paint a portrait in one sitting from life with precision and accuracy.  The workshop will be preceded by a short session with the artists/instructor who will demonstrate the complete process that will be taught during an ensuing  workshop.  The student will learn and practice how to capture the likeness and realism of a portrait in one (alla prima) session.  Students will capture the facial features of the sitter in correct size and proportions, match flesh tone colors, and then paint the subject with appropriate shade/highlight  in consideration of lighting.  This workshop will be intensive in terms of student exercises and tailored towards artist with moderate to extensive experience in drawing/painting portraits.   Basic drawing skills will not be covered in this workshop.  The workshop is designed for artists who have serious interest in portrait art.  The student will learn the techniques of the artist/instructor who is an experienced and recognized portrait/figurative artist.   Students will be familiarized with the necessary materials and given a material list at the demonstration session.  A live model will be used during the workshop.  Model fee included.  Please bring a lunch. Materials list given at first class.

InstructorBill Karaffa

Dates & Times:

Thursday 12/15, 6:00pm -9:00pm


Saturday 12/17, 9:30am-6:00pm



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