Sketch Painting Alla Prima (Wet on Wet)

Sketch Painting Alla Prima (Wet on Wet)

Wed, Jun 24 | 6:00 PM Wed, Aug 12 | 9:00 PM
Art Students League of Denver, Denver, USA

Program Description

Alla prima is a painting technique, used mostly in oil painting, in which layers of wet paint are added to previously applied layers of wet paint (wet-on-wet). Capturing the figure believably in oil paint can be a difficult task, but doing it in one sitting may seem impossible. Yet this is exactly what we will be doing in this workshop. You will embark on the journey of learning about oil paint and practicing accurate color mixing, values, and forms of the model to help develop your ability to paint alla prima.

Required Supplies

  • -Drawing Board approx. 16×20
  • -Sketch Book and newsprint paper
  • -2B and 6B graphite pencil or
  • -Masking Tape
  • -Cutter knife for sharping the pencil
  • -Sand paper
  • -Knitting needle
  • -Canvas size 18×25
  • -100% Odorless Mineral Spirits
  • -Jars with lids (for cleaning brushes)
  • -Palette Knife
  • -Medium Cups at least 2” wide and 1” deep, metal with large opening
  • -Paper Towels
  • -Bright/Flat (synthetic hog hair, size:1-2-4-6-8-10-12 or 20). I recommend Dakota from Meininger or Master Touch from Hobby Lobby)
  • -Rounds sized 2″” and 4”
  • Titanium White
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Cadmium Red
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Viridian green
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Mars Black Recommended (but not necessary)
  • Ivory black
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Raw umber
  • Burnt Umber


Ali Alzobaede

Born in Iraq, Ali Ghassan Al-Zobaede is a classically trained painter. He was an instructor at Babel University and Al-Koufa University in Iraq. He is the co-founder of the ‘Free Atelier Group.’ Ali has worked with theatre companies in Iraq to design and build set designs. Ali teaches private lessons in painting and drawing. At ASLD, he teaches workshops in sculpture, painting and drawing.



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