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Alla Prima Portrait Painting


Workshop: Alla Prima

Date: Jun 22, 2018 - Jun 24, 2018

Duration: 3 Days

Location: ARA Toronto

Instructor: Esteban Rodriguez

Price: 350.00

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$100.00 deposit is requested.

Please note: SPACE IS LIMITED. Registrations are not guaranteed until a deposit has been paid. If you require more information call 416-766-1280.

This 3-day workshop is an introduction to the Alla Prima method, which means “all at once.” This is a method that has to be done in one section, wet-into-wet, where each brushstroke counts. Using this approach, artists can develop a better vocabulary of paint and brush handling toward achieving expressive, yet realistic portraits in a more immediate way. Participants will execute one sketch each day throughout the week, from a range of different points using live models. This course is suitable for all levels.

About ARA Workshops

Each participant gets lots of one-on-one attention from our superb instructors. ARA instructors teach year round so, unlike many artists who offer summer/holiday workshops our instructors are professional teachers as well as successful award-winning artists Whether you are an award winning experienced artist or have never painted before, our instructors will tailor to your skill level.

If you have any questions or are having trouble with online registration, please contact us.

Workshop hours

Most workshops are scheduled five days per week, Monday to Friday, with weekends free (unless otherwise noted). The hours are usually 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but will occasionally go to 5:00 p.m.


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Materials List


3 Canvas or panels 11 x 14 ‘’ ( gesso or oil prime)

Oil colours:

  • Titanium White
  • Cad Yellow light or med
  • Yellow Ochre light or Pale
  • Ivory Black
  • Raw Umber or Burnt Umber
  • Cad Red light or med
  • Burn Siena
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Alizarian crimson
  • Viridian Green


Oldorless mineral spirits (GamSol). Turpentine is NOT permitted in the studio.


Linseed oil


  • Bristle – natural or synthetic filbert 5 to 10 brushes from small to medium widths
  • Soft hair – natural or synthetic filbert 5 10 brushes from small to medium to large widths.
  • 3 to 5 liner brushes.

No flats or round brushes.

Note:  Brush sizes vary widely between manufacturers.  A #6 from one manufacturer may be the same size as another’s #10.


  • Palette (Select one of the following) Glass and Wood – must be sealed  Paper (Grey Matters)
  • 2 Palette knives; long blades
  • 2 Medium cups
  • 2 Small jars for cleaning brushes
  • Mahl stick (a ½ inch diameter dowel approximately 30 inches)
  • Rags or paper towels or shop towels
  • Knitting needle