Alla Prima Portraits with a Limited Palette – The Art Students League

Alla Prima Portraits with a Limited Palette

Dominique Medici

Dominique Medici

Workshop Description

FEBRUARY 24 – 28, 2020
9:00 am–12:30 pm
Fee: $460

Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

The ability to see things simply and work with precision is essential for us as artists. Learning how to break down a portrait into manageable steps is a skill worth mastering and the ability to finish a study in a 3-hour period is exhilarating. This is what the practice of Alla Prima painting offers. Medici will provide frequent demos, breaking down the process into clear and consecutive steps, as well as critique and instruct each session. We will focus on 4 main aspects of a portrait, Proportion, Value, Color, and Edge. Since simplicity is one of our goals, we will be using a limited palette of only 7 colors: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Light, Quinacridone Red, Cadmium Red Light, Cobalt Teal, Ultramarine and Ivory Black. This dynamic palette helps us understand color relationships. Practicing this way helps sharpen your observation and takes your skill to a new level.

About the Instructor

Dominique Medici is a NYC-based artist specializing in both Egg tempera and Oil painting. She studied in London and has exhibited internationally, including Art in Action, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and Christies Young Artist Exhibition. She was a semifinalist in 2006 Outwin Boochevor Portrait Completion and 2016 BP portrait prize. She recently received awards in the 2014 Portrait Society of America members show, Oil Painters of America’s 24th Annual National Juried Show and the Margaret Dole Award at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 118th Annual Exhibition. Dominique has undertaken numerous international portrait commissions and her work in displayed in many private collections throughout Europe and the US, Dominique has a passion for teaching and has taught extensively both privately and publicly. 



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