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David Shevlino Workshop

Painting The Figure + Portrait Alla Prima 

Event Types: Classes & Workshops , Artist Opportunities

Jun 16, 2022 8:00 AMJun 19, 2022 4:00 PM

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Ellie Navarro

828 551 8932

[email protected]


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. There will be painting demonstrations and lots of class time for students to work from a live figure and portrait model. The class will work on a different painting/pose each day of the workshop and learn to simplify and interpret the figure/portrait as a series of basic shapes and planes described by light and shadow.

In addition to discussing technical concepts like value, color, paint application and basic proportions of the head and figure, we’ll also talk about some of the psychological aspects of learning to paint, such as giving ourselves permission to experiment and make mistakes so that we can learn and discover ways to become better, more creative artists. This class will be particularly helpful for those who want to expand from a tight painting style, to a more loose, economical paint application. Class size limited to 10 to maximize help from the instructor.


All levels welcome, age 15 and above.


Class size limited to 10 to maximize help from the instructor.


4-Day Oil Painting Workshop - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.

Acrylics are fine too.

About the Artist: David Shevlino was born in Jersey City, NJ in 1962. A graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania, he also studied at the Art Students' League in New York. Growing up near NYC, Shevlino was exposed to art as a teenager. He began making trips to art museums at age 15 and developed a love of traditional figurative painting. His early work was very traditional and classically inspired.

However, after many years of experimenting, Shevlino began exploring a looser paint application which stradles the line between representational painting and abstraction. This "in between" area is where the painter feels most comfortable and best able to express his artistic voice. His paintings are characterized by broad brushstrokes, a sensuous application of paint and an obvious feel for tonal harmonies. At the same time, the artist demonstrates a firm sense of control, tightening up the composition through his deft modeling of the human form.

Shevlino has exhibited work nationally in both solo and group exhibits over the past two decades and currently lives in NC.

200 South Main St