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ZIN LIM - Alla Prima Portrait Painting Workshop

ZIN LIM - Alla Prima Portrait Painting Workshop

April 12-14, 2024 (3 days)
10am to 4:15pm daily


This workshop is for those seeking to take a step outside of the confines of tight and controlled portrait painting. Join international guest artist – the accomplished painter Zin Lim – as he introduces you to an exhilarating world of unpredictable textures, vibrant colour blends and expressive brush strokes. This immersive three-day workshop is tailored for artists of all levels seeking to master the captivating art of creating loose and expressive portraits with a distinctive personal touch.


What to expect:


In-Depth Exploration: Delve into the foundational elements of head painting, including proportion, gesture and value systems.


Creative Process: Uncover the secrets of making intriguing brush marks, selecting a limited yet impactful colour palette, and crafting a compelling composition that reflects your artistic voice.


Hands-On Experience: Engage in a series of activities in which you will create three Alla Prima paintings from carefully chosen photo references. These sessions will utilise expressive application techniques and stage breakdowns to breathe life into your portraits.


    Oil Paint:

    Any brand of the following colours:

    • Titanium White
    • Cadmium Yellow
    • Cadmium Red
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Phthalo Green (or Viridian)
    • Burnt (or Raw) Umber
    • Ivory Black



    Canvas paper pad or stretched canvas

    • 11x14 inches or larger
    • Smooth surface is better



    Various sizes of flat brush

    • Either natural or synthetic hair of any brand is fine but must have good shape of hair)
    • Zin mostly uses low price/synthetic flat brushes



    • Artists’ Linseed Oil, Sunflower Oil or Safflower Oil in a jar.
    • Odourless mineral spirits

    * All mediums used in the studio during the workshop must be odourless. Do not bring fast-drying, strong-smelling mediums such as Liquin or Galkyd etc.


    Other Materials:

    • Palette Knife (sharp)
    • Palette
      • Palette Pad or any wooden/plastic/glass palette.
      • Hamley Studio also has wooden palettes available to borrow if you can’t bring your own.

    "This was amazing, I learned so much. Most of all, that drawing in this way is much more a state of mind than I realised. Thank you Zin!” - Nathan A.


    "I enjoyed it. I'm frankly very tired of doing hyper-realistic drawings - it's just not that relaxing. I think I will stick with the expressive figure drawing for a while and see if I can improve. I would be very interested in taking another class, especially expressive portraits." - Michael M.


    "Thank you so much for teaching this class! The majority of my drawing classes in the past have focused very much on representative. Getting to learn more expressive techniques and getting to learn from you has been so enlightening and just truly a joy. I really appreciate your time and the thoughtfulness you put into this course. - Katie K.

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