Alla Prima Portrait and the Planar Head
Alla Prima Portrait and the Planar Head
Instructor: Michela Mansuino
Thursdays
September 19 — November 21, 2019
Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Tuition: $399

Students learn to combine knowledge of the planes of the head and understanding of color to build a convincing three dimensional “alla prima” portrait.

In a series of exercises, students build the painting from open grisaille to closed grisaille, to full color paint application in the Studio Incamminati 23 color palette. We will be using both the palette knife and brushes. This approach leads to correctly lining up the features in perspective. The layering of wet into wet paint application will be emphasized, using the basic five value scale of three values in the light and two in the shadow.

The light key will be explored in warm light and cool light. The concepts we will address are the basic planes of the head and features, anatomy, how the planes relate to the organic anatomy, merging the planar and the organic, flesh tones in the light key, approaching hair and highlights, and finally, the unusual angle.

Command of the drawing skill and proficiency in the handling of oil paint is recommended. There will be a live portrait model all classes.

Michela Mansuino, an alumna and Fellow of Studio Incamminati, is a practicing artist for 36 years and teaching artist for 18 years. She has studied with Rob Liberace, Dan Thompson, Natalie Italiano, and Italian master fresco painter, Otello Chiti, among others. Michela has received honorable mentions from the Portrait Society of America in still life and sculpture categories and scholarships from Jack Richeson and D. Colman Witte. Michela has exhibited plein air landscapes in Italy, Brazil, France, and the United States. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art.

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