Alla Prima Portrait Painting

CE 309 : 

non-credit – in person

  • Dates: June 6 – 27
  • Times: 6 – 9 PM
  • Meetings: 4
  • Days: Tuesdays
  • Instructor: Leah Limpert Walt


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Accurate likeness and confidence in working with your medium are some the biggest challenges when painting alla prima portraiture from life. In this class expect to gain knowledge in the proportions and anatomy of the head, approaches for a good block-in, mixing paint and staging your work station, and various techniques to achieve particular effects. The goals of the class are to paint a new portrait from life every session, improving the efficiency of mark making, accuracy in achieving likeness and color-values, and confidence in the materials. Methods for seeing and integrating what’s observed into your work will also be demonstrated and discussed. This class works with a live model.

(image by Leah Limpert Walt)

This course must meet minimum enrollment by May 30 in order to run. Register today! 


  • 4 surfaces no smaller than 11×14” (gessoed canvas, panel, or watercolor paper; oil paper, canvas paper)
  • Large (18×24”) drawing board (if working on paper)
  • Assorted brushes large, medium and small. (Flats, rounds, filberts, fan)
  • Walnut oil or linseed oil (if working in oil)
  • Jar for medium or cup for water
  • Paints: (acrylic or oil) Naphol Red or Cadmium red Yellow Ochre and/or Hansa yellow Ultramarine Blue Titanium white Burnt sienna Ivory Black
  • Palette paper or Glass palette (glass rectangle painted on one side in neutral mid tone grey, backed with foam core and taped on all edges) no plastic palettes please.
  • Palette Knife (no plastic ones please)
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