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Dominique Medici Studio: Alla Prima Portrait Sketch

  • Inscape Arts and Cultural Center 815 Seattle Boulevard South, Studio 207 Seattle, WA, 98134 United States (map)

Dominique Medici Studio

Oct 14-15 2017

9:00am -4:00pm


Tuition: $250

(Semi Private Workshop, Limited to 6)

All Levels Welcome


About Dominique Medici Studio:

This workshop will be held in my private north light studio at The Inscape Arts building in Seattle's International District. In addition to the romantic image of the old masters working in a north light studio there are practical advantages as well. A north facing window yields the most constant light throughout the day. The naturally diffused light creates controlled values, subtle hues and nuanced temperature shifts. The workshops will be limited to 6 spots. The benefit of a small group is that each student will get much more individual attention and guidance. I will also paint with the group for some portion of the weekend. As the old goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words". Painting with the group is a revealing process and creates many opportunities for disscussion. I am looking forward to sharing the studio will you and working together.


Alla Prima Painting:

The most efficient way to develop your observation and intuition simultaneously is to practice Alla Prima painting. 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, these elements 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.

Earlier Event: September 24
Portrait and Figure Painting Workshop
Later Event: October 30
Speed Portraits with a Limited Palette