Alla Prima Figure Painting Workshop
Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art
February 5 – 8, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with a lunch break
Registration Fee – $550 non-refundable
David Shevlino will teach a class about painting the figure alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects. On the first morning there will be a demonstration, then the class will paint from the model. Students will learn to look at the nude figure and see it in terms of large, overall basic shapes. Working on a toned ground, we’ll start by sketching and placing the subject on the canvas. Then we block in two simple values: light and dark tone. After that we begin adding mid tomes. By learning to simplify form, values and color, we begin to interpret and break down the figure into more understandable tones and shapes instead of becoming distracted by details. This helps us to paint our subjects with greater clarity and directness. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely and to paint their subject with greater economy.
David Shevlino studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (certificate ’84) and the University of Pennsylvania (BFA ‘92). His work has been featured in national publications and he has exhibited his work and taught workshops throughout the U.S. He has also produced a series of videos and DVDs about his artwork and painting methods.
“My exposure to art began as a teenager growing up in New Jersey near New York City. I began making trips to art museums in New York City when I was 15 and developed a love of traditional figurative painting. As a youth I found myself especially drawn to the old masters. Those early trips to the museum instilled in me a love of craft and a sense of where painting comes from. For most of my artistic career I’ve tried to take what I’ve learned about traditional painting and mold it into something I can call my own, which presently means exploring the place between traditional figurative painting and abstraction.” – David Shevlino
The workshop will coincide with David’s solo exhibition in the West Gallery of the museum. A reception for the artist will take place on the evening of February 8, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.