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Alla Prima: A Painting a Week

This course focuses on completing one small still life painting during each class using methods of “alla prima” painting. Alla prima, an Italian phrase meaning “at first attempt,” is a wet-on-wet painting method in which painters work quickly to create bold illusions. At the start of each class, images from alla prima artists are shown as examples for inspiration, followed by instructor demonstrations. The class covers elements of composition, background atmosphere and color temperature to help students create a clear visual story. Students are encouraged to experiment and play while creating their own collection of completed artworks. Note: This course is recommended for students who have completed a basic or intermediate painting course and are comfortable with color mixing and paint application. Limited enrollment

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Note: This course is recommended for students who have completed a basic or intermediate painting course and are comfortable with color mixing and paint application.
Fee does not include the cost of supplies, approximately $115.

Topics will include the following:

  • Building an alla prima painting
  • Composition and scale
  • Lost and found edges
  • Hue, value and chroma
  • Neutralizing color
  • Atmosphere and abstraction
  • Texture: applied vs. implied
  • Color temperature

Instructor: Laura Spector is a fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts and an exhibitor in ArtPrize8 at Grand Rapids Art Museum (2016), FotoFest 2014 and Lawndale Center for the Art’s “Big Show” (2013). Her work has been published in “The Harvard Review,” “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!” and in the book, “The Real Real Thing: The Model in the Mirror of Art.” She has studied fine art at both the Flemish Classical Atelier and Virginia Commonwealth University and was a resident artist at AtelierHaus Hilmsen (2016) and a presenter at the Representational Art Conference (2014). Her artwork with her collaborator Chadwick Gray can be seen in exhibitions and collections around the world.

 

Course Details

Alla Prima: A Painting a Week
  • Laura Spector
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Length
Eight Mondays
Dates
March 20-May 8
Day of the Week
Mondays
Course Format
Classroom
CEUs
2.0 CEUs
Time of Day
1-3:30 p.m.
Tuition Fee
$315
Rice Alumni: $284
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