Alla Prima Portrait

2 Day Workshop
Dates to be announced
Saturday and Sunday
9.30am – 5.00pm

Aim of the Workshop

This Workshop is designed to push the boundaries of coloured flesh tones. Throughout the two days Louis will be breaking down the mysteries of colour and where to apply it, you will be shown how to see the colours of the face and then describe them.
The two days of instruction will be dealing with a full colour palette. Learning the wet-into-wet technique as well as mixing colour and tone.

The workshop originated due to demand from readers of the “Alla Prima” portrait article featured in the June edition of Artists & Illustrators magazine 2014


Workshop Outline

Colour Theory – The difference between warm and cool colour, how colours react to each other.
Complementary Colours – how and why they work together. The influence of surrounding colour.
Broken Colour – how to blend one colour into another so they oscillate as one colour.
Colour Mixing – Pre-mixing some general tones to be used in the portrait, how to mix dark flesh tones without using black.
Colours of the face –  how to see and emphasize the colour in the face.

Note, for this workshop a colour reference as its more difficult to see the colours of the face from a distance when working from life.

Portrait Subject

For this workshop we will be using a reference photo of Paul.

Unfortunately some purists insist on working from life but there are advantages to learning the process using a photo reference.

  • Same page, everybody will work from the same reference Louis when he demonstrates each step of the process for the class to follow.
  • Binoculars, the image is three times the size as it would be working from life when the model is some distance away which makes it easier to measure and see details.
  • Reliability, models are notoriously unreliable, so you can be assured that you will be able to work from the same model for the whole of the workshop.

Click below for a free download of the Alla Prima Steps.

Free Download


The studio is equipped with easels and work stations to make it more convenient for the students to organise their materials and focus on their work.  The studio is also lit with balanced lighting which can save a lot of problems when dealing with a colour palette.

Image shows the workstation, the Alla Prima painting it is for display purpose only.


Registration Deposit = £40

2 day Alla Prima Portrait Workshop = £160. To register for the workshop, pay the £40 deposit below. Then pay the balance on the day.

Materials deal = £20

Offer includes;

  • Palette
Medium holder
  • Medium
  • Prepared Canvas
Kitchen roll
  • Paints (cadmium yellow, cadmium orange, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, violet, phthalo blue, phthalo green, burnt umber and white)

Offer does not include brushes. If you need affordable quality brushes then click the link below.
or better quality

Sizes 0,1,2,4,6,8,10,12 are a good starting range.