Mackenzie Swenson

Alla Prima Painting


July 15 > 26, 2019

10 days tuition

60 hours

12 places are available for each workshops.

Teaching is conducted in English.

Below 50% of participants the course is canceled.

Payment in 2 installments: 50% upon registration, 50% the following month.

Tax included


July 15 > 26, 2019 - 10 days tuition - 60 hours

Alla Prima Painting





Location:Paris Academy of Art – 78, rue Raspail – 92270 Bois-Colombes - France

Level:Beginner to Advanced

Medium:Oil on canvas or panel

Class size: 8 to 12students


Schedule:9 am > 12 am / 1 pm > 4 pm




This two-week workshop will be focused on learning to make quick (3 to 6 hour) paintings from life—portrait or figure. Students will learn to establish good composition, lay out a simple drawing in paint, and keep an organized palette of colors and mixtures. Over the course of the workshop, students will develop an efficient way to quickly and accurately make decisions on the canvas. Instruction will include demos, informational handouts, and individual critiques. 

Using comparative measurement, we will begin with a linear block-in in paint, focusing on accurate proportion, gesture, and structure. We will then model in paint, emphasizing the sculptural idea of light on form. 

The first week will be focused on understanding values by working in grisaille (greyscale.) In the second week we will discuss basic color theory and begin working with a limited palette. Students will have the option to move into a full palette based on individual level and preference. We will work with a variety of models over the two weeks. 






Mackenzie Lynne Swenson (b. 1992) is a Wisconsinite by nature and a New Yorker by necessity. She has been in pursuit of methods and patterns since childhood. Upon graduating from high school in 2010 this mindset led her to seek out Atelier training. Mackenzie graduated in 2014 from The Atelier in Minneapolis, MN. This was followed by 4 years of intensive study at the Grand Central Atelier in New York City where Mackenzie graduated in the spring of 2018.

Mackenzie has exhibited across the US, is a 2015 Hudson River Fellow and a 2017 La Napoule Art Foundation Fellow. She is a three-time winner of the Art Renewal Center Scholarship Contest and the recipient of many other awards and scholarships including those from the Alice M. Stolpe Foundation, the Grand Central Atelier, and the Morris and Alma Shapiro Fund.





Preferred painting surface, for example:

• Pieces of oil primed linen to tape on a board (please do not bring cotton canvas)

• Canvas Paper (suggest adding 2 coats of gesso)

• Primed boards

• Sizes ranging from 6” x 8” to 12” x 16”


Professional Grade Oil Paint:

• Cremnitz or Titanium White*

• Naples Yellow 

• Yellow Ochre*

• Raw Sienna

• Cadmium Orange 

• Cadmium Red*

• Alizarin Crimson 

• Red Umber

• Raw Umber*

• Green Umber/Sap Green 

• Viridian

• Ivory Black*

*Colors for limited palette



• Bristle brushes: a few round or filbert from small to medium/large

• Synthetic: filberts and flats in a few small to medium sizes

• Sable/Kolinsky: for details, rounds in very small/small sizes 

• Wooden Palette

• Palette Knife

• Palette Cup

• Paper Towels or rags

• ODORLESS Mineral Spirits 

• Cold Pressed Linseed Oil

• Mahl Stick

• Knitting Needle for measuring

• Small Pocket Mirror




What's included 

Five days of tuition, end of workshop aperitif.


What's no included

Materials and accomodation.




The Paris Academy of Art is an approved atelier by the Art Renewal Center


Data sheet

July 15 > 26, 2019 (10 days)
78 rue Raspail - 92270 Bois-Colombes
10 days
9 am to 12 am / 1 pm to 6 pm
Alla Prima Painting