Tonal Underpainting Workshop

Online Painting Workshop

Thursday 17th September 2020  |  14:00 – 16:30

Tonal Under Painting


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Learn a quick way to start to your paintings and give them a really good chance of success.

Whether you like working on portraits, still lives or landscapes this adaptable method will get your paintings working quickly, helping you to enjoy the process right from the start.

You might be brand new to painting or an old hand looking to extend your technique, this approach to getting going will have something for everyone.

You’ll learn a process which involves creating a drawing on your canvas then working over the top with transparent ‘imprimatura’ layer of paint similar to a wash drawing.

The method is fast and flexible and can be worked straight into with colour for an Alla Prima sketch, giving you a short cut to the compositional and tonal plan.

Alternatively you can use it as a tonal guide for a more classical layered approach once it has dried. If so, layering a painting in this way produces a beautiful sense of depth and richness.

What you’ll learn

  • How to fix a drawing ready for painting
  • How to apply a transparent imprimatura ground
  • Wiping back techniques to quickly map out your painting
  • How to add accents to reinforce the whole design

Whether you’re new to painting and looking to learn fundamental principles or add to your existing skills the workshop will have plenty to offer. The class is limited to 8 students giving everyone plenty of feedback.

How it Works

The workshop will be done using Zoom, you’ll be emailed a materials list, preparations and a reference photo plus a link to the session after booking via Eventbrite.

You’ll need an internet connection and webcam and the following materials:

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  • 1 piece of primed canvas or canvas paper
  • 1 medium bristle brushes
  • 1 Soft brush
  • 1 house painting brush
  • Cold pressed linseed oil
  • Turps/Sansodour/Zest It painting solvent
  • Painting palette
  • Palette knife
  • Dipping cup
  • White spirit or turps substitute for brush cleaning
  • Titanium white oil paint
  • Ivory black oil paint
  • Burnt Umber or Raw Umber oil paint
  • Rags and kitchen roll

Essential Info & Booking

  • Date: Thursday 17th September 2020 | 14:00 – 16:30
  • Location: Online via Zoom
  • Price: £29

Questions: Use Contact Form above right or visit the Contact Page or email

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