Dipingere il Ritratto a Olio


  • 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


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



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.


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


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.


This is Italian version.

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Video Highlights: Dipingere il Ritratto a Olio

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

Fondatore e Presidente dell’Associazione di Promozione Sociale A.P.S. PADASOR, Timothy Joseph Allen è un pittore professionista americano che vive e lavora a Roma da più di 20 anni. Tim ha iniziato la sua carriera artistica nel 1992, conseguendo un BA (Bachelor of Arts) in Studio Art presso la DePauw University e un MFA (Masters in Fine Arts) nel 1998 presso la Indiana University di Bloomington. Dal 2006 insegna anche presso The American University of Rome.

La sua principale tecnica pittorica è la pittura ad olio, in particolare olio su tela. Il suo stile e i soggetti scelti sono soprattutto ispirati al Rinascimento e al Barocco.

Di particolare importanza nel suo processo è la pittura dal vero: “Adoro dipingere soprattutto quando la presenza del soggetto e il passaggio del tempo si combinano per aggiungere urgenza alle mie analisi, intuizioni e performance.”

Negli anni recenti i suoi lavori sono stati pre-selezionati o selezionati in diverse competizioni internazionali tra cui Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Figurativas a Barcellona, World Wide Kitsch e BP National Gallery Portrait Competition a Londra.

Per capire meglio cosa Tim può insegnarti, ti invitiamo a dare un’occhiata ai suoi quadri.