Painting the Portrait in Oil

Overview

  • Level: Beginner, Intermediate

  • Total Learning Hours: weekly course is 16 hours total; workshop is 12.5 hours total

  • Cost: weekly, 8-lesson course is €360; 5-day workshop is €280

  • Language: English and Italian

  • Instructor: Prof. Timothy Joseph Allen

Curriculum

Depending on the time-frame of the course, the general process is as follows:

  • Stage 1: the block-in, with a focus on scale and placement (composition) and shapes and likeness (drawing)
  • Stage 2: Developing light and form
  • Stage 3: Working with glazes and scumbles

Materials

Paint

I insist my students use Michael Harding paints.  I’ve used his colors for over two decades and his are easily one of the best paints on the market.  In order to make it easy for students to try out these paints without requiring a significant investment, I offer all of the paint you will need for an additional fee of €30.

Medium: Oil and Solvent

I will provide you with linseed oil, Tintorsetto (odorless solvent) and a medium holder at no additional charge.

Brushes and Brush Holder

It is best to have an assortment of brushes: flats, rounds and filberts, with some made of hog bristle, an others, synthetic.  Once you have had some experience, it is worth adding some sable brushes to your collection.

To ensure proper care of your brushes, I strongly recommend a brush holder.

Palette

Each student should invest in their own wooden palette.  Round or rectangle is fine, just make sure it isn’t too small.

Rags

Please bring with a worn t-shirt to cut up for use as a rag.

For further details, please download the Materials list.

Terms and Conditions

A non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration.

There is no reimbursement for absences, nor make-up lessons.

Registration

Registration is managed through our Course Registration portal.  If you have any difficulties registering, please let us know via email or call/text via WhatsApp: +39 347 263 1033.

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Video Highlights: Painting the Portrait in Oil

The above video is the time-lapse of a painting I made during a course I ran online in the Fall of 2020.

Meet Your Instructor:
Timothy Joseph Allen

Timothy Joseph Allen is an American figurative painter who has been living and working in Rome, Italy for over twenty years.  He began his career in 1992, earning a BA in Studio Art at DePauw University and an MFA in Painting at Indiana University, Bloomington in 1998.  He has been teaching at The American University of Rome since 2006 and has managed his own painting school, PADASOR - The Painting and Drawing Art Studio of Rome, since 2010.

Allen’s medium is oil on canvas and his style and subject matter are predominantly inspired by the Renaissance and Baroque.