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Alla Prima Figure and Portrait Painting with David Shevlino

  • February 09, 2024
  • 10:00 AM
  • February 11, 2024
  • 5:00 PM
  • 6 Vernon Street, Somerville, MA 02145
  • 2



The BFAC is fortunate to lure internationally known painter David Shevlino to lead this workshop in our very own Vernon Street studio in Somerville! 

David will teach painting the figure and portrait alla prima (wet into wet), and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to the subject.  There will be painting demonstrations and lots of class time for students to work from a live figure and portrait model.  The class will work on a different painting/pose each day of the workshop and learn to simplify and interpret the figure/portrait as a series of basic shapes and planes described by light and shadow.  In addition to discussing technical concepts like value, color, paint application and basic proportions of the head and figure, we’ll also talk about some of the psychological aspects of learning to paint, such as giving ourselves permission to experiment and make mistakes so that we can learn and discover ways to become better, more creative artists.   This class will be particularly helpful for those who want to expand from a tight painting style, to a more loose, economical paint application.

David Shevlino studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (certificate ’84) and the University of Pennsylvania (BFA ’92) and the Art Students’ League of NY.  His work has been featured in national publications and he has exhibited his work and teaches workshops throughout North America and Europe.  He has also produced a series of instructional videos about his painting methods.

Visit David's website here.

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