Painting alla Prima Workshop: June 12 – 14, 2015

The weekend workshop will take place on site at the medieval mountaintop fortress known as Rocca Calascio in the Apennine mountains in Abruzzo.  Sign up by May 15th!

Reminder: Courses Start Next Week, February 5th, 2015

If you have been thinking about signing up for one of the courses, now is the time.  The number of places left for each:

  • Figure Drawing Thursday Evening: 4 places
  • Portrait Painting Saturday Morning: 4 places
  • Figure Painting Saturday Afternoon : 1 place

For more information, please visit our Courses page.

I hope to see you in studio.



Registration Now Open for Courses Starting February 2015

Find out more on the website.  If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I hope to see you in the studio.  Tim

The Many Faces of a Portrait

In the Spring of 2014, the focus of Saturday morning’s portrait painting class was a series of three portraits with the model Andreina Mehtab.  Each began with a study of a sphere using multiple layers of paint over a varying ground color—one the natural color of the canvas, one an Earth orange mixed from Venetian Red and Terra Gialla and the last a darker ground—a process that was then repeated for each portrait.

Two truisms emerged:

  • Sometimes the start is much better than the finish;
  • Sometimes the time allotted is not enough time to finish, especially when you’re struggling to surpass what was a great start.

The gallery below shows a start and subsequent evolution.  There is a simplicity and economy in the start of the portrait that is lost over time.  The one benefit to a promising start is that it may inspire you to keep pushing.  It did for me, and, at the end of the course, I brought Andreina into my own studio to try and bring the work to a satisfactory conclusion.  This too proved to be more of a challenge than I had anticipated… but good to revel in the fight as much as the result.

You can see the final result on my website.

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The 2013 Fall Course Schedule

Wanted: Models for Life Drawing and Portraits

The Painting and Drawing Art Studio of Rome is always looking for models for the Fall and Spring semesters.

Courses have a maximum of 6 students + the instructor; the environment is respectful and courteous.

The pay is €15 per hour for life drawing (nude modeling) and €7,50 per hour for portrait modeling.

Painting Workshop at Rocca Calascio – June 14 to 16 2013

About The Workshop

The workshop will address two kinds of landscape painting:

    1. A Two-Day Planned Painting (First drawing, then painting), with a focus on scale, composition, light and layering of transparent paint.
    2. A One-Day “alla Prima” painting, with a focus on a wet-into-wet technique and the use of opaque paints.

This workshop is open to painters of ALL levels. One-to-one instruction will be tailored to each participant’s ability and interest.


The weekend workshop will take place on site at the medieval mountaintop fortress known as Rocca Calascio in the Apennine mountains in Abruzzo We will stay at a hotel called the Rifugio della Rocca, literally located in the shadow of the fortress.


Friday, June 14

  • 18:00 – 19:30: Reception
  • 20:00 – 21:00: Dinner
  • 21:00 – 21:45: Evening Presentation

Saturday, June 15

  • 7:30 – 8:30: Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 12:30: Morning Painting: Part I of a two-day painting
  • 13:00 – 14:00: Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:00: Rest!
  • 15:30 – 19:30: Evening Painting: Landscape alla Prima
  • 20:00 – 21:00: Dinner
  • 21:00: A look at the day’s work

Sunday, June 16

  • 7:30 – 8:30: Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 13:00: Morning Painting: Part II of a two-day painting
  • 13:30 – 14:30: Lunch
  • 15:00: Final review of work
  • 16:00: Departure

How to Sign Up

Please fill out the form below. Registration deadline: April 27th.

Terms and Conditions

A minimum of ten total participants is required for the workshop to run. Once we have received interest from 10 people I will contact each of them to coordinate the deposits for the workshop.  A deposit of 30% of the cost is required and is non-refundable in the event any last-minute changes preclude participation. In addition:

  • All participants are responsible for transportation to and from Rocca Calascio.
  • The remainder of the total fee is due upon arrival at Rocca Calascio.

How to Get There

Rocca Calascio is located in Abruzzo.  For directions on how best to arrive, please visit the Refugio della Rocca website.


A fee of €200 includes presentations, instruction and critiques.  However, the total cost of the workshop depends on your preferred sleeping arrangement.  You can choose from the following:

Private Rooms

  • rifugio-logoSingle: €242 + €200 (Workshop Fee) Total Cost for 1: €442 
  • Double: €322 + €400 (Workshop Fee for 2) Total Cost for 2: €722
  • Triple: €429 + €600 (Workshop Fee for 3) Total Cost for 3: €1029
  • Apartment (Four People): €554 + €800 (Workshop Fee for 4) Total Cost for 4: €1,354


If you don’t mind sharing a dormitory space (large room with 16 beds), you can also opt for the following:

  • Bed in dormitory: €125 + €200 (Workshop Fee) Total Cost per Person in Dormitory: €325

Note: All meals indicated in the program are included in the cost.


Materials are not included, however, the following can be provided for an additional cost of €70.

  • Two canvases
  • Oil Paint
  • Linseed Oil + Venice Turp Medium
  • 4 Brushes: 2 bull hair + 2 hog hair

The following materials must be brought by the participant:

  • Additional brushes
  • Additional paints
  • Portable easel
  • Palette
  • Umbrella (BIG!  In case it should rain… or if the sun is strong!)

A list of final materials will be sent to each of the participants two-weeks prior to the workshop.