Quick Painting

This course focuses on completing one small still life painting during each class using methods of alla prima painting, a wet-on-wet painting technique in which painters work quickly to create bold illusions.

This course focuses on completing one small still life painting during each class using alla prima methods of painting. Alla prima, an Italian phrase meaning “at first attempt,” is a wet-on-wet painting technique in which you 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 create a clear visual story. Experiment and play while creating your own collection of completed artworks.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GSTU2015.F17.1 Laura Spector On-campus 6:30–9 p.m. Monday, September 18, 2017

INSTRUCTOR: Laura Spector
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 6:30–9 p.m.
START DATE: Sept. 18, 2017

Instructor: Laura Spector

Laura Spector is a fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts. She was an exhibitor at ArtPrize8 at Grand Rapids Art Museum in 2016, FotoFest 2014 and Lawndale Center for the Art’s “Big Show” in 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 she was a resident artist at AtelierHaus Hilmsen in 2016 and a presenter at the Representational Art Conference in 2014. Her artwork with her collaborator, Chadwick Gray, can be seen in exhibitions and collections around the world.

Term: Fall 2017

Start Date: Sept. 18, 2017

End Date: Nov. 13, 2017

Schedule: 6:30–9 p.m.

Length: Eight Mondays (no class Oct. 9)

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $315 (Fee does not include cost of supplies, approximately $115.)

Rice Alumni: $284

CEUs: 2.0

Note: Limited enrollment. Supply lists will be available two weeks prior to course start date. Please email cpcoord@rice.edu with any questions.

This course is recommended for students who have completed a basic or intermediate painting course and have some experience with color mixing and paint application.

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