Painting the Alla Prima Figure

Aaron Coberly was born in Seattle in 1971. He has been drawing for as long as he can remember. He started taking art seriously as a teenager after being invited to attend a life drawing class. Living and traveling in Europe further inspired him. He began oil painting in 1999. His work is primarily figurative with a stylistic nod to the Masters and the Impressionists. Aaron runs an open painting and drawing session in Seattle. He resides in the greater Seattle area and is married with a young son.
9:30 A.M.- 4:30 P.M.
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
  • Canvas- Anything between 16in X 20in and 11in X 14in
  • Brushes- 1- 10in Flat for large coverage, A couple of size 8’s and 4’s bristle filberts and couple of soft hair 2-4’s for detail work.
  • Paint:
    • Cremnitz or Titanium white
    • Cadmium Red
    • Alizarin Crimson (Blue Ridge oil company)
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Cadmium Lemon
    • Ultramarine Blue Deep (Rembrandt)
  • Thinner – Gamsol or Del Sol
  • Paper Towels – Viva
Work in oil paints and learn how to capture the most essential qualities of a figure by painting broadly but accurately while seeing the figure as a whole set into an environment. The class will include demonstrations and individual student critiques. The class will start with a demo where I go through the foundations and answer questions. After lunch I will work with artist on an individual level to improve their skills. My main focus is what I believe are the two elements that make up the foundation of painting. The first is the ability to draw (put down what you want where you want it). The second is the ability to see and simplify values so you have the ability to control your composition and distinguish between lights and dark’s on a global scale. These two skills, which you’ll spend a lifetime honing, are critical in creating art. I will touch on color, composition, edge work and texture but mainly in a general sense as these elements are critical but overwhelmingly influenced by personal opinion and feel.
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