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Speed Portraits with a Limited Palette


  • The Art Students League of New York 215 West 57th Street New York, NY, 10019 United States (map)

ART STUDENTS LEAGUE, NY NY

Oct 30-Nov 3

9:00am -12:30pm

(5 Consecutive mornings)

All Levels Welcome

Course Outline:  

The most efficient way to develop your observation and intuition simultaneously is to practice Alla Prima painting. Gaining the ability to work quickly, and with precision, is key in your development as a painter. The time restraint forces you to forego detail, see the big picture, and focus on gesture and large masses, the elements which ultimately hold the power and personality within a portrait. In this class, we will work with a systematic and disciplined technique that is uniquely designed to achieve this aim.

I will provide frequent demos, breaking down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps, as well as critique and instruction each session. Since simplicity is one of our goals, we will be using a limited palette -- a limited palette of only 5 colors; Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Light, Quinacridone Red, Cobalt Teal and Blue-Black (W&N). This palette is very dynamic and will refine our understanding of color relationships. We will focus on 4 main aspects of a portrait: Proportion, Value, Color, and Edge, which will help us to accurately capture a likeness within a limited time frame. Practicing this way over the course of the month will help to sharpen your observation, and take your skill to a new level.