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Dec 4, 2012

Announcing a Winter Portland-area Alla Prima Painting Workshop


Announcing a Three-Day Oil Painting Workshop:
Essential Alla Prima Techniques: Portland
Using the Direct Method of Oil Painting

"Peonies and Ginger Jar"  |  2012 American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition

Instructor: Thomas Jefferson Kitts

When: March 1st - 3rd, 2013  (F/S/Sun)
Where: Sowa Studios, Portland Oregon
Class Size: Maximum 12 participants
Cost: $400.00

For more information or
to register for the class click here...

This indoor workshop is for anyone interested in learning about the time-honored technique of alla prima painting. (Alla prima means to start and finish a painting in one session.) Some experience with oil will be helpful but is not required. If you have a question about your skill level or whether or not this class is appropriate, contact the instructor to discuss.

Your three days of instruction will focus on how to handle wet-into-wet paint, how to mix the color you need, and how to create a dynamic composition by dividing your painting's values into two masses of light and dark. You will also learn how to become more expressive by editing out extraneous detail and using more paint. What you will learn from Thomas' workshop can be applied to any subject matter or genre – be it figurative, still life, studio or outdoor landscape painting. Your instruction will be tailored to fit your present ability but with the intent of taking you further.

Thomas will offer two demonstrations and help you complete four paintings during the class.

If you've ever wanted to learn how to paint alla prima in oil sign up now!

This Portland-area workshop will be capped at 12 participants.


Here are some reviews from folks who've taken a workshop from Thomas:

I can't say enough positive things about this workshop. Thomas you are a fountain of knowledge and you pour yourself out to be picked up at a fast pace. I'm still processing the information offered. Thank you for always finding something nice to say about our work, and thank you for correcting with kindness. I learned sooo much. I hope to sign up for another workshop soon. 


Thank you, Thomas, for a workshop with no fluff. I appreciated the challenge of looking closely at chroma, hue and value (especially value.) The still life setups were sumptuous, and the model was probably the best I've worked with. The class was a harmonious bunch, just the right size. Your explanations and demonstration were well prepared to help us understand complex theory in a short time. Thanks for an inspiring three days.


Just a note to tell you thanks for a fabulously informative Alla Prima workshop.  You are a  fountain of knowledge and it's apparent how much you really love to teach. (As if I didn't already know that.) I came away with a confidence that I can mix oils to accomplish much on the canvas, now all I need is 48 hours in a day to paint!   Oh, and you should call your workshop Alla Primavera because you get a LOT more than you pay for.  So, go ahead and raise your prices, you deserve it!


Anyone considering it should take his class. Thomas is an awesome teacher. I still can't believe how much I learned from him in a week.
As a beginner, I probably had a lot more to learn than most fellow artists in the class. I did not, however, feel out of place or inferior to the rest of the group. Art is learning no matter how good or how much knowledge you already have. Thomas, you are a great teacher with a great deal of knowledge, enthusiasm, and energy. We worked hard, got home tired, but enjoyed every minute of it. 


Thanks again for the workshop!  I loved your enthusiasm and positive attitude, and am in awe of your expertise. I had dozens of 'aha!' moments during our time together and learned more about color from you than I have from any other source.


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