Alla Prima Portrait Painting

With instructor

Matteo Di Ventra

Alla Prima Portrait Painting

Course fee ranges from:

(based on selection)

$85 - $1440

Thurs. 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Course Description

If creating work for a show is the Olympics, painting from life is training. I created this class to help alleviate the frustrations we face when painting at home, and creating a body of work. It all starts in the class room. The fundamental components of what make a representational painting successful are going to be fostered in front of a live model. However it is an exceptionally difficult task that is not forgiving when we draw, and can be downright infuriating when we paint. I see in myself time and time again that if I do not set up a painting successfully, no matter how many days, months or years I spend on it, it will fail. So, this class is structured to be short 2 week poses, with an emphasis on value structure, edges, color, composition, paint application, drawing, and above all efficiency. The goal is to become a master at setting up our first "domino" before we give attention to our 17th or 3567th "domino". Disciplining ourselves to lay down the foundations of our painting first, will lead to much more satisfying results as we near the paintings completion. Hope you will join me in class!

What You'll Learn

How to efficiently block in a quick 2 value drawing of the model using thinned paint. Key landmarks on the portrait that will help us achieve likeness of the sitter.

To be selective of what information you need to focus on for each individual point of your painting. You will also learn what makes a painting "Flat" "Busy" "Chalky" and how to avoid these pitfalls.

Color mixing, how to use the relationship between cool and warm colors to achieve a lifelike realism. You will also learn "color relativity" and the way to work with this phenomenon instead of against it.

To use the full spectrum of tools at our disposal when painting. From thick to thin passages of paint, to applying palette knife strokes, scraping away paint, washes and how to use texture to imply detail.

A process, that is fundamentally rooted in artistic principles and traditional Alla Prima painting techniques, but once learned should be adapted and evolved to better aid your own unique artistic voice.

The instructor will give demos in class that will be linked to a live feed television so students can observe each brush stroke more intently or paint along comfortably from their easel.

Personalized one-on-one instruction

One Day - Pay Per Class
$85.00 USD
4 week course
$280.00 USD
8 week course
$530.00 USD
12 week course
$780.00 USD
18 week course
$1125.00 USD
24 week course
$1440.00 USD

Enrollment Options

Kline Academy Assistant Studio Manager + Instructor


Matteo Di Ventra

Matteo Di Ventra is an Italian born artist whose obsession with comic books and video games led him to obsessively draw any chance he could. To cultivate his artistic passions, he attended Laguna College of Art and Design and graduated in the Spring of 2020. The school's heavy emphasis on figurative oil painting and classical drawing was an overwhelming challenge for Matteo, but it eventually led to a love and reverence for the tradition of representational painting.

His work consists of portraits, fairytale inspired scenes, and intimate figure studies. He also enjoys creating digital artwork from his imagination that borrows inspiration from video game art and vintage illustrations.


Amy Olmedo

Classical Painting Student

I absolutely love my painting class at Kline! It is a supportive community for all your art endeavors. I have learned so much!

Additional Information

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*Also be sure to prepay, as this class fills up quickly!