Monday, December 12, 2016

Alla Prima Portrait Painting

Red Hat by Joanne Mehl

Alla Prima Portrait Painting, with Joanne Mehl
Jan. 9 – Feb. 27
Mondays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, downstairs studio

$320 for 8 classes ($40 each) / $50 per drop-in class
To register, please call OSA at 503-228-0706
Note: You must be an OSA member to register for classes.

Alla Prima is a wet-into-wet oil painting technique where subjects are painted quickly and in one sitting. Alla Prima is widely used in plein air painting, here we’ll explore and exploit its strengths in doing portraiture with a live model.

Besides Alla Prima techniques, this eight-week progressive course will concentrate on strengthening head drawing skills for portraiture. With targeted exercises and individual attention, we’ll use oils to review the components of strong drawing skills for the first classes, and then paint for the remaining six classes.

A strong drawing leads to a strong painting!

This course is appropriate for novice to intermediate skill levels. It will stress observational skills and construction, rendering anatomy, and composition. We’ll explore how drawing relates to painting, color and value, the effects of light and shadow, tonal methods, various modeling techniques, and how to manage a palette and mix colors.

• Drop in students are welcome, but the classes are sequential.

Questions? Email me at

About Joanne Mehl:
I’ve been a professional artist and instructor specializing in figure painting and portraiture since 1985. For more about me, please visit:

Oregon Society of Artists
2185 SW Park Place
Portland, Oregon  97201

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