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Speed Portraits using a Limited Palette

  • National Art League of Queens 44-21 Douglaston Parkway Douglaston, NY 11363 USA (map)


April 5, 12, 19 26

9:15am- 12:15pm

(4 Wednesday Mornings)

Tuition: $215

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.

Speed Portrait Extension (May 3rd)

Due to demand we have extended the Speed Portrait class for one week.

We will paint One 3 hour portrait from a live model. 

Wednesday, May 3rd, 9:15am- 12:15pm

Limited space. Pay now to claim your spot. 



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Earlier Event: January 17
Alla Prima Portraits with the Zorn Palette
Later Event: April 6
Speed Portrait Workshop