Runs from Monday January 17 2022 to Monday March 21 2022

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Toronto ON M6K 2B2


× Instructor: Steven Lewis
Jan 17- Mar 21
Monday 1PM-3PM

This course will be covering how to use oil paints in a “ Alla Pima” manner. Alla prima is an Italian phrase that means, “at first” when applied to painting it refers to capturing the painting in one go. Mostly while the painting is still wet. I will take you through a number of exercises that will help develop your skill of handling paint, analyze and mix colours. We will discuss and apply design and composition principals and learn about studio safety and oil painting best practices.

Materials:Colours : Ivory Black, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Yellow Ochre, ultramarine blue, burnt umber, titanium white. This is a basic selection of colours that will get you a version of most hues. Feel free to supplement with more. Brushes : a variety of bristle stiff oil painting brushes, flat chisel shape is good. Surfaces. 2, 5x7 prime panels or canvas. 4 9x12 panels. Linseed oil, paper towels, two empty clean tuna fish like cans. palette to mix paint on (best to seal a new wooden palette with 2 coats of linseed oil give it enough time to dry.) Black sharpies, bristol board or stiff paper. easel. Optional: odourless mineral spirits Reference material to paint from.

About the instructor: Steven Lewis was born in Philadelphia PA. He came to Toronto Canada as a child in 1967. His early art education was self directed, through the use of “how to draw” books and copying. Later studied drawing and painting at Ontario College of Art, which included studying in Florence Italy. Steven was a founding partner of SPINVFX, pioneering digital post production for film in Canada. Steven currently practices his painting in Toronto. His work is in private collections, and has been exhibited in group juried shows such as Touched By Fire, Being Scene and was a finalist in the Kingston Prize Portrait Exhibition. Steven teaches oil painting with Workman Arts.

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