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Upcoming Workshops:

Felicia Forte Alla Prima Painting

A 2 day workshop

When: September 10th and 11th | 10am-5pm (1 hour lunch)

Where: 2260 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206

Open to: All levels - beginner to professional

Maximum class size: 15

Cost: $320 ($125 non-refundable deposit** is due now with the remaining balance due on August 15th)

Class Description:

Alla Prima painting, or wet into wet, single session painting is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing on only the essentials, ultimately teaching you great dexterity and control.

With demonstration and gentle critique Felicia will challenge you to correctly observe and record the fundamentals: shapes, values, edges and color. You will paint with the Zorn Palette, a limited primary color palette that allows for easier color harmony by eliminating the need to choose between cool or warm versions of each primary.

“Do studies, not pictures. Know when you are licked - start another. Be alive, stop when your interest is lost. Put off finish - make a lot of starts. It is so hard and so long before a student comes to a realization that these few large simple spots in right relations are the most important things in the study of painting. They are the fundamentals of all painting. Paint the color tones as they come against each other, and make them sing, vibrate.” — Charles W. Hawthorne, “Hawthorne on Painting”


Felicia Forte is a representational oil painter based in Detroit, Michigan. Felicia is a sought after instructor of drawing and painting who has taught at various institutions including The de Young Museum of Fine Art, The Walt Disney Family Museum. In December, 2013 she was awarded a month-long residency at The de Young Museum of Fine Art in San Francisco. In 2014 she participated as faculty at the Plein Air Convention and Expo in Monterey, California. In 2015 Felica's Self Portrait will exhibit at the National Portrait gallery in London for The BP Portrait Award. Felicia maintains a studio in Hamtramck where she works on commissioned portraiture, gallery work, and offers instruction in drawing and painting to private students. She was born in Los Angeles, California in 1979.

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