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Painting from Life: Alla Prima

at Chelsea Classical Studio - Chelsea

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Chelsea, Manhattan
526 W 26th St Ste 415
Btwn 10th & 11th Avenues
New York, New York 10001
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 10
Teacher: Rick Piloco

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this portrait class:

Working from the live model, students will learn to work in a direct alla-prima approach where they will aim for good draftsmanship, values and color. This is a fundamental skill in painting, and learning to mix colors in the right value and placing them correctly in the composition takes much practice. 

There will be constant demonstrations as well as critiques.

Materials you will need to bring to class:

  • Paper (Size 14x18 or 16x20)
  • Canvas
  • Charcoal
  • Brushes
  • Oil Paints
    • For colors:
      • White
      • Ultramarine Blue
      • Yellow Ochre
      • Alizarin Crimson
      • Burnt Sienna
      • Plus any other colors you normally use

Students of all levels are welcome to join.

Please note: Classes will be limited to 10 students/class. All students must wear masks, use hand sanitizer upon arrival, maintain proper social distancing and observe all protocols as specified by NY State guidelines.

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Refund Policy
Reschedules are allowed if class is not taken (no refunds at this point). Class credit is valid for two months

Cancellations requested 24 hours or more before start of class may be refunded.


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Question from Anonymous
Wondering if this class is the right fit for a beginner someone getting back into drawing and oil painting after years of off/on drawing and acrylic painting.
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! The class is suitable for all levels as the teacher goes around to each student individually. The school provides equipment (easels, stool), the student brings materials (paint, canvas, brushes, etc). Hope this helps!
Question from Chelsea W.
What size paper and canvas should I bring? What type of paint?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Chelsea! Size 14x18 or 16x20 paper, oil paints are used, basic colors or ones you use normally. Hope this helps!
Question from brenda g.
for this type of painting there are specific colors to bring what are they and is it ol?
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hey Brenda, yes, it is oil. For colors, white, ultramarine blue, yellow ochre, alizarin crimson, burnt sienna plus any other colors you normally use.

Reviews of Classes at Chelsea Classical Studio (253)

(253 Reviews)
Painting from Life: Alla Prima
Reviewed by Emma O. on 6/28/2022
Painting from Life: Alla Prime was my first live painting class in over 4 years, so I was a little intimidated to start and wasn't sure if I would receive the level of guidance I probably needed from being a little rusty. Despite their being 6 other members in the class, the teacher sat with me throughout the beginning and walked me through color theory, mixing instructions, and even layering techniques. It was super personable and fun, the other class members were also happy to provide some advice and everyone was really nice! Would definitely take it again.
Painting from Life: Alla Prima
Reviewed by Emma O. on 1/6/2022
The teacher, RIck, was incredibly helpful and patient. It was my first time painting in a while and he sat with me to walk me through even the basics of mixing colors and painting to scale. It was a great class!
Painting from Life: Alla Prima
Reviewed by Billie P. on 1/14/2021
Such a great class. Not only was the instructor very attentive and helpful, the whole class was very welcoming. So much fun and would 100% recommend for yourself or as a gift to a fellow art-lover. Enjoy!
Painting from Life: Alla Prima
Reviewed by Kendra B. on 8/23/2017
This was a very informative class. The instructor gave very useable feedback and came around every 15-20 minutes or so. The other members of the class were friendly, and overall, it was a great environment to work in.
Painting from Life: Alla Prima
Reviewed by Dorothy D. on 4/24/2016
I hoped to learn more by instructions as I am not schooled in art. The instructor was accommodating but there just are too many of us to be given more individual attention. I learned a little about values and light and shadow, color, etc but 3 hours is not enough to grasp everything. I would really love to attend an instructional class I love to paint and I find I can grow with course horse. Thank you! Dorothy dicker
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