Alla Prima Workshop


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Workshop + Materials = £180
Workshop = £160


Alla Prima Portrait

2 Day Alla Prima Workshop
31st August – 1st September
Saturday and Sunday
9.30am – 5.00pm
Cost = £160


If you lack of confidence when it comes to mixing colour then the colour theory and practical application covered in the workshop could greatly improve your efforts in future.


The aim of the Workshop is to guide you through the steps of producing an Alla Prima Portrait. One of the problems people face while attending a workshop is taking in all the information that is covered, it’s a lot to take on board. Louis has produced a free guide to cover each step of the workshop to clarify what stage we’re at and where we’re heading. Once you’re familiar with the steps then you can use the guide for future reference when you attempt an Alla Prima Portrait for yourself.

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


Louis will go over the variables of painting a good portrait, starting with the basics.
Organising the palette
How to organise of your palette reflects the quality of work. Louis will show you how to set up and maintain an orderly palette to avoid mental clutter.
Colour Mixing
The most important part of colour mixing is understanding colour theory. Louis will explain the principles of colour theory and complimentary colour also demonstrate how it all works in practice as he guides you through the process.
Wash Drawing
You will learn the most efficient method of beginning a portrait. Knowing what is unnecessary can save you a lot of time during this stage.
Louis will cover a simplified form of measuring to avoid those costly mistakes further down the line.
Seeing the whole
Heading straight for detail can be an irresistible temptation. It’s a sticking point for many beginners. It will be advantageous to be taken through the process and being shown how to set everything up before adding the details.
Once everything is set its time to put the icing on the cake. Louis will guide you through those finishing touches.

Alla Prima Workshop Outcomes

Wet into Wet – Alla Prima is a wet into wet technique of blending colour on the canvas.
Full Colour Palette – Set up and controlling the chroma of intense colours.
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 emphasise the colour in the face.


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.

Alla Prima Workshop Materials Deal

Alla Prima Workshop = £160

2 day Alla Prima Portrait Workshop = £160. To register for the workshop you can pay by either Paypal or Credit Card.

Materials deal = £20

Offer includes the use of:
Palette knife
Medium holder
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.

NOTE choose the LONG HANDLED BRUSHES on the website

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



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