Alla Prima Painting Workshop

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Arts in Rome, the Figurative Art School in Rome, proposes to its members the Alla Prima Painting Workshop based on the Academic Painting from Life; the scope of the Workshop is to create a Portrait with Life Model by oil painting. Two days together to learn how to draw from life to create a high-level academic painting.

What is the Accademic Method (Charles Bargue)?

In this workshop, students will be introduced to the methods of nineteenth century classical realist master, Charles Bargue.

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A French painter and lithographer, Bargue developed a drawing course consisting of 197 lithographic plates based on plaster casts, drawings by master artists, and live models. Bargue’s Cours de Dessin, published in the 1860’s, was widely used in Academies and French state schools to prepare aspiring artists for further study. It was designed to teach classical methods of portrait and figure drawing, taking students through all the steps needed to understand and produce the aesthetics embodied in classical art.


The course will focus on the “alla prima” painting techinque with a limited palette, which will allow us to dwell on the use of values just before the tones and colors, as well as the analysis of temperatures.

One of the objectives of the course will also be to clarify the right method of the pictorial process, the specificity and importance of the operative order, so as to deal with our tools in the best way.

A brief introduction will be spent on a greater understanding of color as a pigment and on the idea of drawing and composition in the specific case of portraiture.

Fast Information:

  • 17-18 March 2018
  • Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM – 18:00 PM – packed lunch (30 minutes)
  • Life Model
  • Canva included in the price
  • Arts in Rome, Figurative Art School at Via Pasquale Villari 1, Roma
  • maximum 10 students
  • Language Tuition: English and Italian
  • Teacher: Alessandro Duprè



Materials are not included in the price exept for the Canva

  • Workshop material:1 cup container for medium
    1 linseed oil (60ml or more)
    1 turpentine (from 60ml or more)
    1 oil essence (optional, for cleaning)
    1 bar of Marseille
    1 roll of scottexBrushes (Hog bristle brushes, non-soft bristle !!):
    3 brushes respectively n°10, 12.16 with flat tip
    and 3 brushes No. 2, 4, 8 with a cat’s tongue tip2 spatulas1 medium-large wooden paletteoil colors (possibly extrafine quality!!): Ivory black, or alternatively Mars Red, Raw umber, Vermillion, or alternatively Red Cadmium, yellow ochre, titanium white (the brand “LeFranc” is suggested for this color in particular)
  • The Canva is included in the price*


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