David Shevlino

Come paint the figure and portrait wet into wet. Focus will be on simplifying forms and using an economical paint application. This workshop is ideal for those wishing to break away from a tighter/traditional style of painting.

Alla Prima Figure/Portrait Painting

David will teach you to simplify what you see to give better clarity in your work.

Workshop Description

This class is about painting the figure and portrait alla prima (wet into wet) and the techniques used to create a fresh, direct response to our subjects.  After a demonstration, the class will work from a live model. We’ll divide our class time working on both the figure and a portrait. Emphasis will be on simplifying and interpreting the figure and head as a series of basic shapes/planes described by light and shadow. In addition to discussing value, color and paint application, we’ll also talk about basic proportions of the head and figure. By learning to simplify what we see, we become better able 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 use their brushstrokes with economy.

About David

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 NJ near NYC.  I began making trips to art museums in NYC 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.

Alla Prima Figure/Portrait Painting

David Shevlino
 January 7, 2021-January 10, 2021
$470/4-day workshop

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Seldom do you find a brilliant artist whose abilities as a teacher measure up to their talents as a painter. David is one such person.

-Fred J.

I consider David Shevlino to be a modern master of wet on wet painting. I chose to study with David at both the Scottsdale Artists School and the Sedona Arts Center because I wanted to further my painting skills in oil. I highly recommend David’s classes. They are not to be missed. He teaches technique during his demos, and he shows concern for each student as we paint on our own. He is very generous with his time.

Susi H.

I would take David’s workshop again and highly recommend his workshop to intermediate & advance painters.

Lydia J.

Susi H.

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