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Fri, Sep 06


Atelier Melbourne Art Academy

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

A Journey Through Styles

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

Time & Location

Sep 06, 2024, 10:00 AM GMT+10 – Sep 08, 2024, 4:00 PM GMT+10

Atelier Melbourne Art Academy, 28 Warner St, Oakleigh VIC 3166, Australia


About The Event

Alla Prima Portrait Painting Workshop: A Journey Through Styles 

Embrace the Vibrancy of Expressive Portrait Painting!

Dive into the dynamic and spontaneous world of Alla Prima painting with our transformative workshop, designed to free you from the meticulous constraints of traditional portrait painting. Under the expert guidance of renowned artist Zin Lim, this workshop welcomes artists of every skill level to explore the fascinating process of crafting vivid, expressive portraits imbued with a unique personal essence.

Workshop Breakdown:

  • Day 1: Dive into the realm of Classic portraiture, where the elegance of traditional techniques meets the vibrancy of modern expression.
  • Day 2: Experience the fluidity and charm of the Impressionist style, focusing on the play of light and color.
  • Day 3: Unleash your creativity with the bold and emotive strokes of Expressionism, capturing the raw essence of your subject.

What You Will Gain:

  • In-Depth Exploration: Master the core principles of portrait painting, from understanding proportion and gesture to unraveling complex value systems.
  • Creative Process: Learn the art of creating captivating brush marks, choosing a harmonious yet striking color palette, and designing compositions that speak volumes of your artistic identity.
  • Hands-On Experience: Bring your visions to life with direct guidance as you paint three Alla Prima portraits based on carefully selected photo references. Through expressive techniques and detailed stage breakdowns, you’ll witness your portraits come alive with emotion and depth.

Why This Workshop Is Unmissable:

  • Expert Guidance: Zin Lim brings his extensive experience and nuanced understanding of expressive portraiture to lead you on this artistic voyage.
  • Skill Enhancement: Tailored to accommodate and challenge artists at all levels, this workshop is a golden opportunity to refine your skills or develop a new, vibrant style.
  • Unique Learning Opportunity: This workshop is more than a learning experience; it’s a chance to transform your artistic perspective and technique under the mentorship of a master artist.

Embark on this enriching journey to expand your portrait painting skills beyond boundaries. Secure your spot today and step into a world where each brush stroke brings you closer to mastering the art of expressive portraiture.


  • "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.

  Essential Materials for the Workshop: 

  • Oil Paints: A selection including Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Green (or Viridian), Burnt Umber, and Ivory Black.
  • Canvas: Preferably a canvas paper pad or stretched canvas (12x16 inches or larger, with a smooth surface for better results).
  • Brushes: A variety of flat brushes (natural or synthetic) that maintain their shape well. Zin Lim often opts for affordable synthetic options.
  • Palette Knife: Ensure it is sharp for precise mixing and application.
  • Palette: Options include a palette pad or any wooden, plastic, or glass palette.
  • Medium: Only odorless options like Linseed, Sunflower, or Safflower oil, plus odorless mineral spirit (Gamsol or Turpenoid with no smell, avoiding fast-drying or toxic mediums for a healthier studio environment.

Join us to redefine your approach to portrait painting, moving towards a future where your art not only captures the eye but also the soul.


This workshop is hosted by Atelier Melbourne Art Academy. For more information and registration, contact by:

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