Alla Prima Portrait Painting

“My name is Coulter (Colt) Prehm. I am a husband, father, painter, speaker, writer, teacher and rock climber. My wife Liz and I enjoy spending time in the mountains, traveling, eating good food and simply loving life together. 

I studied art intensely and formally for nearly a decade, desiring to become proficient enough at the process of painting and drawing that I could use the mediums as a vehicle of communication; to share something of my experience of Beauty and Truth. 

I believe Love, Peace, Joy, Adventure and Excellence are critical elements and trademarks of a life well lived.”

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9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Live Model
All Level Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
Palette: Palette of your choice, though a palette with a neutral color mixing area (grey, neutral wood, etc) is recommended.

  • Lead white
  • Titanium white
  • Radiant Violet
  • Naples yellow light
  • Cadmium lemon yellow
  • Cadmium yellow, med.
  • Cadmium orange
  • Cadmium red, med.
  • Quinacridone Red
  • Radiant Red, Gamblin
  • Ultramarine violet
  • Cerulean blue
  • UltraMarine Blue
  • Veridian green
  • Greenish Umber, Rembrandt
  • Yellow Ochre, Old Holland
  • Raw umber
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt umber
  • Ivory black

Painting Medium: Liquin Original, Windsor & Newton

Solvent: Gamsol (or similar)


  • Small-Medium Filberts (4)
  • Large Filbert (1-2)
  • Small Rounds, Raphael Series 869 #4 & 6 (4), Or Rosemary Co. brushes of similar size

Mahl Stick

Panels: Prepared Masonite Panels or GessoBoard, etc (panels either gessoed or prepared with primed linen)

Led by Renaissance Life founder Colt Prehm, students will obtain the tools needed to create exquisite Alla Prima paintings from life. We’ll cover materials and usage; technical drawing skills; color theory; and explore the interaction of light and form. Prehm will conduct demonstrations in the morning and spend one-on-one time with students in the afternoon in order to address each individual’s specific needs.