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The amazing Teresa Oaxaca comes to SC!

The Blair School of Art is proud to host guest instructor Teresa Oaxaca, who will be teaching you her methods of portraiture from a live model. Teresa is a very successful artist, who presently resides in the Washington DC area.

This four day workshop focuses on painting the portrait in oil using the Alla Prima method.  In Italian Alla Prima means “at first attempt” and is a technique in which the artist makes an oil sketch in one day while the paint is still wet. The first day of class will begin with an instructor demonstration of grisaille painting (monochrome) from the live model, after which the students will paint the same pose in grisaille.   Focus will be given the lighting of the model, drawing with the brush and establishing the importance of values and edges.

On the second day a full palette of color with be introduced during a second demonstration, then class will begin a painting in color followed by a second.

Students can expect to paint everyday, watch demonstrations, make three paintings and receive regular critiques. Questions and discussions about painting and art history are encouraged, and art materials will be covered too. 

Students will learn:

  •  Alla Prima method
  •  Grisaille painting
  •  Lighting of the model
  •  Drawing with the brush

Skill level required - All levels accepted
Class ends between 5 and 6 pm on Sunday.

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    On-site accommodations are available:

    • Picturesque rural setting on the bordering Sumter National Forest
    • Private rooms with queen-sized beds and full in-suite bathrooms
    • Chef's menu of home-cooked meals prepared and served daily
    • model fees included
    • Color-corrected lighting (over 120 fluorescent tubes) plus natural-lit studio
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