THE ALLA PRIMA PORTRAIT IN OIL
Instructor: Bradford Ross
Six Weeks: October 21-December 9
(no class on November 11 and 25)
Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Cost: $350 Members, $420 Non-members
Model fees are additional
The classic alla prima technique is aimed at producing a spontaneous and yet finished effect in a single painting session. Join Brad in an exciting exploration of this classic technique, including the best qualities of an oil painting ground, what brushes to use and when to use them, controlling paint when working wet into wet and tips on reducing or eliminating the use of solvents. Bring a bag lunch for half-hour break at noon. Minimum of 5, maximum of 10 students.
The Alla-Prima Portrait in Oil
Academy Art Museum
Instructor: Bradford Ross
• Sealed wooden palette, natural or neutral gray (if you do not have one, I will provide one)
• 2 palette cups to clip to your palette (get two separate cups with or without lids, or a double with lids)
• Synthetic all-media filbert brushes, soft to medium stiffness, long handle. Widths: one (1) x 5/8” (14mm), two (2) x 3/8”(10mm), one (1) x ¼”(6mm) and one (1) synthetic all media round brush, medium stiffness, long handle, width: 1/8”(2mm). If you already have bristle brushes or synthetic bristle (which are firm), bring them. You will need a variety of sizes and firmness.
If you do not have any synthetic brushes you can buy a value pack like the Princeton “RealValue” which includes a #1 Round, #6 Round, #6 Bright, #8 Filbert, and a #12 Flat (Blick had them). Similar value packs are available at Walmart, made by Royal Langnickel. Just make sure they say “All-Media” or are described as such. The ferrules may need repair before class ends but will get you through class with least expense. The Princeton brushes will hold up better and are the best value. Also, Blick Scholastic “Wonder White” brushes cost slightly more but are a good inexpensive choice too.
• Bring any older or cheaper brushes that you may already have. We will select some that will be useful. • Palette Knife (like Blick Style 132 “painting” knife [it is not high quality but will last a few years])
• Canvas panels, stretched canvas or gesso panels, 9×12-12×16; 6-8 should be enough.
• Premium paper towels or shop towels (I use Scott “Rags in a Box” or blue shop towels)
• Small trash bags and a spring clip to hang bag (for dirty paper towels—there will be a lot)
• 2 or 4 oz. bottle of Refined Walnut Oil or Refined Linseed Oil, or Refined Safflower Oil
• A couple glass jars with secure lids that tightly seal (2 oz. to 4 oz., Blick has them if you do not)
• Tightly sealed container of Gamsol or Turpenoid OMS. No turpentine or other solvents.
• Brush cleaning container with tightly fitting lid (while in class, keep lid on tightly except while cleaning brushes)
• 8 oz. bottle Acrylic “gesso” (if you are using store bought, pre-primed canvases, stretched or panels, you will need it to add at least one coat to them. If you are using double or triple oil-primed canvas you will not need this)
• Bristle paint brush for applying acrylic “gesso” ground (one you already use for this or a 2” natural bristle house painting brush).
• Tubes of paint:
Titanium White; Cadmium Yellow Light; Yellow Ochre; Cadmium Red Light; Transparent Red Iron Oxide; Mars or Ivory Black; Cobalt Blue (if you already have Ultramarine and/or Phthalo Blue you can bring them both instead—or just Ultramarine. Phthalo is too strong by itself for this class)
Helpful but optional: • A painting knife (suggested: Liquitex Free-Style #5 small [there is a #5 large…confusing]; blade is 2.5 inches. Or bring something similar).
• 8 oz. Liquitex Acrylic Gesso, Neutral Gray (if you do not get this you will be toning your canvas/panels with an imprimatura of Black or Ultramarine and Transparent Red Iron Oxide)