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Fri, Apr 19


Gallery One in Mitcham

[Adelaide, Australia. 2024] Alla Prima Portrait painting in Oil

*For any experienced-level artists who have been drawing or painting portraits in any medium. *Workshop runs in English.

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[Adelaide, Australia. 2024] Alla Prima Portrait painting in Oil
[Adelaide, Australia. 2024] Alla Prima Portrait painting in Oil

Time & Location

Apr 19, 2024, 10:00 AM GMT+10 – Apr 21, 2024, 4:00 PM GMT+10

Gallery One in Mitcham, 1 Torrens St, Mitcham SA 5062, Australia


About The Event

Alla Prima Portrait Painting Workshop

Explore the World of Expressive Portrait Painting!

Are you yearning to break free from the confines of tight and controlled portrait painting? Experience the exhilarating world of unpredictable textures and vibrant color blends created by expressive brush strokes in our upcoming portrait painting workshop! Guided by the accomplished instructor, Zin Lim, this immersive workshop is tailored for artists of all levels seeking to master the captivating art of creating loose and expressive portraits with a distinctive personal touch.

What to Expect:

  • In-Depth Exploration: Delve into the foundational elements of head painting, including proportion, gesture, and value systems.
  • Creative Process: Uncover the secrets of making intriguing brush marks, selecting a limited yet impactful color palette, and crafting a compelling composition that reflects your artistic voice.
  • Hands-On Experience: Engage in a series of activities where you'll create three Alla Prima paintings from carefully chosen photo references. These sessions will utilize expressive application techniques and stage breakdowns to breathe life into your portraits.

Why Join:

  • Expert Guidance: Benefit from Zin Lim's wealth of experience and expertise in guiding artists towards achieving expressive and dynamic portraits.
  • Skill Enhancement: Whether you're a seasoned portrait artist looking to expand your skills or a beginner aiming to cultivate a fresh style, this workshop caters to a diverse range of skill levels.
  • Unique Learning Opportunity: Don't miss this incredible chance to elevate your portrait painting under the mentorship of Zin Lim. Seize the opportunity to enhance your techniques and bring a new dimension to your artistic repertoire.

Join us on a journey of artistic discovery and elevate your portrait painting skills to new heights. Reserve your spot now and embark on an enriching experience that promises to redefine your approach to portraiture!

Material list

  • Oil Paint: Any brand of Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Green (or Viridian), Burnt (or Law) Umber, Ivory Black
  • Canvas: Stretched canvas or Canvas paper pad (about 12x16 inch, smooth surface is better, at least 1 canvas per day).
  • Brushes: Various sizes of flat (either natural or synthetic hair of any brand is fine but must have good shape of hair). Zin mostly uses low price/synthetic flat brushes.
  • Palette Knife: Sharp.
  • Palette: Palette Pad or any wooden/plastic/glass palette.
  • Medium: Pure, Odorless 'Linseed oil’, ‘sunflower oil’, or 'safflower oil' (similar smell and texture to normal home cooking oil) in a jar. No fast-dry medium, such as; Liquin or Galkid. (At the workshop, Zin will use Sunflower oil + odorless mineral spirit).
  • Paper towel or rag: To wipe the oil.

*For our healthy study experience, please don't use fast-drying mediums, or smelly or toxic mediums, such as Liquin, galkid, etc. But use an odorless/no-smelly medium only.


  • "I enjoyed it. I'm frankly very tired of doing hyper-realistic drawings - it's just not that relaxing. I think I will stick with the expressive figure drawing for a while and see if I can improve. I would be very interested in taking another class, especially expressive portraits." - Michael M.
  • "Thank you so much for teaching this class! The majority of my drawing classes in the past have focused very much on representative. Getting to learn more expressive techniques and getting to learn from you has been so enlightening and just truly a joy. I really appreciate your time and the thoughtfulness you put into this course. - Katie K.
  • "This was amazing, I learned so much. Most of all, that drawing in this way is much more a state of mind than I realised. Thank you Zin!” - Nathan A.

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