Alla Prima painting is a direct method of oil painting, wet on wet, that is completed in one session. Using targeted exercises and lectures, the class will explore painting concepts such as color mixing, color theory, and composition. We will use a variety of painting subjects ranging from still life compositions to interiors, photographs, and using your own previous paintings as inspiration for new compositions.
Please bring to the first class:
Odorless Mineral Spirits - You must bring odorless mineral spirits to paint inside. Instructor recommends Gamsol by Gamblin.
Brushes: Size 4 Filbert, Size 4 Flat, Size 6 flat, Size 2 round. Instructor recommendsMy favorite brand of brushes is Robert Simmons Signet.
You will need a warm and cool color of each of the primary colors.
1 large tube (150 ml) of Titanium white
1 small tube each (37 ml) of the following colors:
• Cadmium lemon
• Cadmium yellow medium
• Cadmium red medium
• Quinacridone Red
• Windsor Blue-Green Shade
• Ultramarine blue
• Burnt Sienna (for sketching and to tone canvases)
One small container of linseed oil
12x16 pad of disposable palette paper
Canvas: You can use canvas panels or stretched canvas. Mostly we will be using small sizes (8x10 to 11x14), and one or two 12x16 for exercises.
Viewfinder: instructor recommends View Catcher because it can be adjusted for different sized panels. I will also have viewfinders for 8x10 and 9x12 proportioned canvases available for you to use in class.
disposable gloves (recommended)
palette knife for mixing paint (teardrop shape)
rags or paper towels
About the Instructor: Debbie Pisacreta is an artist specializing in plein air landscapes. She has been painting for over 20 years both in watercolor and in oil. Her goal in painting is to create a visual story that communicates the feeling of a particular time and place. She discovered her love of art in college where she received a B.A. in English with a minor in Fine Arts from The College of New Jersey. Since college she has studied drawing and painting extensively, taking classes at the Art Students League of New York and the Arts Council of Princeton as well as workshops by nationally known artists. Her work has been exhibited in many of the local juried art shows as well as at the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville, where she is an active member, and at the Arts Council of Princeton where she was recently part of the “Close to Home” Exhibit in January 2016. Visit her website at www.debbiepisacreta.com