Alla Prima – Still life in oils


Alla Prima – Still life in oils – by Peter Eurlings

Week course: Monday 2 till Friday 6 March 2015 

Alla Prima: in English it is called ‘direct painting’, in Italian ‘a prima vista’. Technically speaking: you paint your first impression direct on the canvas. This means that you combine the (different) steps of ‘drawing’, ‘light-dark’ and ‘color’ into one step at the same time.

Direct painting was done for the ‘first time’ (on a huge scale) in history by the impressionists. They wanted to catch the first impression of the light at the same moment they were looking at it.
Today the “Alla Prima” way of painting is a popular way of working for both landscape, still life and portraits. It is one of the most ‘lively’ ways of painting, but also the most difficult, because shape, light/dark, and color are applied simultaneously. It is the way for a quick study sketch, an abstracting impression or an abstract representation in which the main role is played by color. Sometimes the paint is mixed directly on top of the canvas. This is called wet-on-wet painting.

What can you expect?

In this intensive week long course, you will learn the basics of alla prima oil painting using the given guidelines for setting up a still life. Because of the focussed nature of the course, you will work at an accelerated pace, building up your skills and knowledge on a daily basis, while applying the techniques you’ve learned on previous days.

Peter Eurlings

Peter Eurlings studied drawing, painting, printmaking, and art history at the University of Amsterdam and attended workshops in different art techniques in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. He teaches in several institutes and private companies.

In addition, he works as a museum guide in Amsterdam, like the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandthuis, and Stedelijk Museum. He also paints himself, which he uses as an example during his courses.

Practical details:

  • Suitable for Dutch and English speakers.
  • Intensive week course “Alla Prima” oil paint still life painting: Monday 2 – Friday 6 March 2015.
  • This 5-days course costs € 395,- Tax and materials are included.
  • Course times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 10:00 till 15:30, and Wednesday: 10:00 till 12:30 hours.
  • Course location: Amsterdam
  • Maximum number of participants: 14

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