Painting alla prima

Monday from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm

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Monday from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm

The course is taught by Jessica Artman 

€400.00 per quater




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

Level:Beginner to Advanced

Medium:Painting on canvas

Class size: 15 students


Schedule:6.30 pm > 9.30 pm




This is a 3 hour figure painting class in which the student will develop a series of alla prima “poster studies”.  The poster study is a semi abstract painting exploring how tonal harmony and the properties of color build a convincing picture. We will discuss how to analyze color in our visual field through an understanding of it properties: hue, value, and chroma.  Furthermore we will develop a method to organize our palette giving intention and purposeful direction in the painting process.  The goal of this class is to strengthen the students conceptual knowledge of color through our optical experience and developing a concise method to translate that experience with paint.  The poster study can act as the foundational analysis towards developing fully realized figure paintings, or be a unique creative process exploring new pigments, materials, or paint application.






Jessica was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1985 and grew up in Central Florida. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Art from Florida Southern College, and her Masters of Fine Art from the National University of Ireland, Galway. While earning her degrees, Jessica studied at the Royal College of Art in London and throughout Italy and Spain. In 2010, She began teaching Undergraduate students Drawing and Design at Florida Southern College before learning of the Grand Central Atelier. Eager to re ne her technique, Jessica enrolled and completed her 4 year academic training in 2016. After which, she became a Resident Artist at the Grand Central Atelier teaching in their part-time and summer program, as well as workshops within the Unites States.







Feel free to use the brands you like; just be sure that whatever brand they are they are "Extra Fine" quality and not student grade or other cheapened versions.

- Titanium white

- Yellow Ochre

- Vermillion or Cadmium Red

- Ivory Black

- Palette (NO white disposable palettes; if you like using disposable palettes, avoid white)

- Medium cups

- Palette knife

- A small bottle of linseed oil (ideally cold pressed)

- A small bottle of dammar varnish

- Paper towels or rags

- Your favorite paintbrushes

- A small bottle of walnut oil or safflower oil or linseed oil (something cheap; this is for cleaning brushes)

- A jar or container of some sort to soak your brushes in


An important note

Due to their toxicity no solvent or turpentine is allowed during the workshop, neither for medium use nor for cleaning brushes. During these workshops brush cleaning will be done by soaking dirty brushes in safflower oil or walnut oil or linseed oil (note: buy one of these oils in a supermarket and not at an art store; the cheaper the better!) then cleaned with soap and water. If you've never cleaned your brushes in this manner not only is it nontoxic but it's also quite good for the bristles of the brushes.




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






Data sheet

Monday from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm
78 rue Raspail - 92270 Bois-Colombes
18h30 à 21h30
with Jessica Artman