Enrol in Alla Prima - Direct Painting
Course Code: ARTS2340
This course is not suitable for beginners. An awareness of value relationships and colour mixing is required.
Alla prima, also known as direct painting or wet-on-wet oil painting, is an Italian term meaning "at first". Entire paintings are completed in one or two sessions, using the technique, without waiting for the paint layers to dry completely. The charm of alla prima is that it retains the fresh and spontaneous feelings that come as you paint. It seems the most intuitive way to paint. The alla prima process begins with thinned oil paint for drawing. Spots of colour are then placed over the painting and filled in. Some paintings will be completed with just one layer and others may use multiple layers. The Impressionist movement made extensive use of this oil painting technique and is responsible for much of its popularity.