Alla Prima Workshop

2 Day Workshop – Price £120

30-31st May 2015
Saturday and Sunday, 9.30-17.00

Alla Prima

This  workshop is to be run in conjunction with the “Alla Prima” portrait article featured in the June edition of Artists & Illustrators magazine. 

June 2014 Artist and Illustrators Large

This is one of the looser portrait painting classes. The course is designed to push the boundaries of colour a  portrait, learning how to see the colours of the face how to describe them.

Throughout the two days louis will be breaking down the mysteries of colour and  where to apply it.

The two days of instruction will be dealing with a full colour palette.  Learning the wet-into-wet technique as well as mixing colour and tone. The principles taught in this workshop can be applied to any subject matter including figurative, still life or outdoor landscape painting.

Teaching Style

Beginners and experienced people are welcome. Understanding is key and nobody gets left behind. Each student will be helped until they grasp the principles of the lesson.
Louis believes in leading from the front, demonstrating each step in front of the group and on students’ work if needed.

Louis Smith studied Classical Art in Florence and has exhibited his work in the BP Portrait Award and Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

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 Workshop Outline

  1. Wash drawing going straight into shaping the masses with some tips on how to measure and the proportions of the face.
  2. how to mix darks without using black.
  3. Colour Mixing – Pre-mixing some general tones to be used in the portrait.
  4. Colours of the face –  how to see and emphasize the colour in the face.
  5. Colour Theory – The difference between warm and cool colour, how colours react to each other. Complementary colours how and why they work together. The influence of surrounding colour.
  6. Blocking in – Blocking in the general field colours of face, hair, clothes and background.
  7. Refining the shapes of mass colour and tone
  8. Working wet-on-wet – How to blend one colour into another and broken colour techniques.

Note, for this workshop a colour reference as its more difficult to see the colours of the face from a distance when working from life.



The studio is equipped with easels and work stations to make it more convenient for the students to organise their materials and focus on their work.  The studio is also lit with balanced lighting which can save a lot of problems when dealing with a colour palette.

Alla Prima Workshop
Image shows the workstation, the Alla Prima painting is for display purpose.

Materials Deal = £20

Each workstation includes;

  • Palette
Palette knife
Medium holder
  • Medium
  • Prepared Canvas
Kitchen roll
  • Paints (cadmium yellow, cadmium orange, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, violet, phthalo blue, phthalo green, burnt umber and white)

(Offer does not include brushes – Information on dedicated suppliers shall be provided)

Workshop = £120


2 day Alla Prima Workshop = £120. To register for the workshop, fill in your details and pay a 20% deposit below. Then pay the balance on the day. An email will be sent to confirm your attenadance the week before the start date.


Saturday and Sunday, 9.30-1700.


Prices for Hotels in Manchester centre vary depending on the football. I would recommend staying in Altrincham its about 20 mins from Cornbrook Tram Station which is around the corner from the studio. If your on foot the Premier Inn is a short walk from Altrincham Station if your driving there are other hotels that are cheaper. Altrincham is a nice part of Manchester and if you fancy somewhere nice posh for a couple of drinks then Hale is just around the corner.

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Venue Address

Louis Smith Art
Phoenix House
Ellesmere Street
M15 4JY


Set navigation for Cawdor Street.  Ellesmere Street is blocked in the middle for the next year. If you are traveling by car enter Ellesmere Street by turning left after the Church on the roundabout over the Mancunian Way.

Free Car Park at the rear of the building on Cawdor Street.

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Louis Smith

Tel: 07980989666