The Figure in Oil, alla prima

July 1 > 5, 2019

5 days tuition

30 hours

12 places are available for each workshops.
Teaching is conducted in English and french.
Below 50% of participants the course is canceled.
Payment in 2 installments: 50% upon registration, 50% the following month.

Tax included


July 1 > 5, 2019 - 5 days tuition - 30 hours

The Figure in Oil, alla prima





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 15 students

Language: English/French

Schedule: 9 am > 12 am / 1 pm > 4 pm



This 5-day workshop will focus on varying aspects of alla prima figure painting from both female and male models: learning to gesture sketch in full color via quick poses (10 - 23 minutes) to fully-finished 6-hour alla prima paintings.

Paint handling and palette management will be a strong focus of the workshop as well. As is customary in his workshops, Shane will be demonstrating various phases of painting, lecturing on anatomy and color, and providing close individual instruction.

This workshop is ideal for those seeking to discover the efficiency and strength of alla prima painting as well as for those wishing to learn new aspects of paint handling and finish in their alla prima work. Students will be producing a rather large volume of work during these 5 days.





Born in 1976 in Cincinnati (USA), Shane Wolf studied at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence until 2009.  After teaching there for two years, he then moved to Paris. Shane Wolf only works from live models, drawing upon his knowledge of human anatomy and his imagination.

The international prizes and awards he has won include:

• 1st and 2nd prize for the Best Nude from the Art Renewal Center in New York (2013);

• gold medal, Salon de l’Académie Européenne des Arts (2013);

• medal from the Société des Artistes Français (2012) and from the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts (2011);

• the Taylor Prize for his show at the Grand Palais (2011);




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 vegetable oil (note: buy linseed oil in the hardware store wherever they sell wood treatment products; super cheap!) 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.

Paints (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 (no other white)

• Yellow Ochre (I use Old Holland)

• Cadmium Red (I use Old Holland "Cad Red Light")

• Ivory Black (I use Old Holland)


Paint Supplies:

• palette (NO white disposable palettes; if you like using disposable palettes, avoid white)

• medium cup(s)

• palette knife

• a small bottle of linseed oil, ideally cold pressed (optional; see the note below on mediums)

• a small bottle of dammar varnish (optional; see the note below on mediums)

• a small bottle of stand oil (optional; see the note below on mediums)

• paper towels or rags

• your favorite paintbrushes

• your joie de vivre

• a small bottle of linseed oil (something cheap; this is for cleaning brushes)

• a jar or container of some sort to soak your brushes in

Note about mediums:

For this alla prima workshop feel free to use whatever medium you enjoy so long as there is no mineral spirits or turpentine or anything toxic in it. Two different mediums I often use for alla prima are 50/50 linseed oil/dammar varnish, or 5 parts stand oil to 1 part dammar varnish (this makes a very viscous medium). These mediums may be mixed prior to class if you would like to try them out. 

You can also paint alla prima without any medium whatsoever, in which case you do not need any of the optional supplies.

Canvas: note: all canvases need to be prepared with a neutral gray imprimatur prior to class (see the following instructions):

• For the quick pose sketches, you will need 4 - 6 small canvases approximately size 0F (18 x 14cm), and 13 - 15 canvases approximately size 5F (35 x 27cm). These canvas can also be part of one roll and cut up into smaller sections if you prefer.

• For the long poses you will need at least 4 canvases approximately size 12F (61 x 50cm).

• All canvases can either be in cotton or in linen, smooth, medium or heavy grain, as you prefer.

Canvas preparation:

All of the canvases for both weeks of this workshop need to be prepared ahead of time with an imprimatur: a very thin, diluted coat of paint that is applied to the entire surface of the canvas. Do your best to match the example color provided (of course each computer screen will have a slightly different variant of the color, and that’s ok; our goal here is to kill the white of the canvas with a relatively neutral, mid-tone gray).

For the imprimatur in OIL: A simple mixture of titanium white plus ivory black is all that is necessary for this gray. Once the proper value is mixed, dilute the paint with odorless mineral spirits or turpentine until the consistency is almost as liquid as that of house paint (this requires a lot of mineral spirits/turpentine). Using a house painting brush, scrub this paint very thinly over the totality of the canvas. Set the canvas aside for at least 5 days to dry.

For the imprimatur in ACRYLIC: Attention: only canvas prepared with a synthetic, universal ground can be prepared with an acrylic imprimatur; oil ground canvases cannot (If you're not certain if your canvas has a universal or oil ground, it is most likely a universal ground. Oil ground canvases are becoming a rarity, thus the far majority of canvases bought in mainstream art stores are universal ground.). The application process is the same as mentioned above, except the paint mixture is diluted with water instead of with odorless mineral spirits or turpentine. Dry time is reduced to just a few hours instead of days.





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 1 > 5, 2019
78 rue Raspail - 92270 Bois-Colombes
5 days
9am to 12pm - 1pm to 4pm
15 places
English and French
The figure in oil, alla prima