alla prima portrait painting

The international skill-building workshop in portrait drawing and painting

I have benefited from the portrait workshop I attended. I learnt a lot from you, especially what you said about art is the process of taking away and adding over and over. I also learnt that some of the shortcuts I saw online were bad methods. It was immensely helpful and an eye-opening experience. Thank you for being so patient and cheerful. Jary T., Singapore

Painting Alla Prima means completing a portrait painting in a single sitting. This is no mean feat and requires a well-honed skill-set which results in paintings that are as fresh as home-baked cookies.

In this workshop -- two days portrait drawing and three days portrait painting in oil -- you will acquire the skills to capture both the likeness and spirit of your subjects.

Portrait Drawing

On Day 1 you will be trained in striking. Striking is quickly establishing the large overall shapes and proportions. This is the singularly most important skill an artist must acquire. Using a skill-building exercise this workshop will literally save you years of struggle.

Day 2 focuses on facial structure (how to place and draw the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, etc.) and light/shade patterning to render a 3-dimensional and unified portrait.

Alla Prima Portrait Painting

In this 3-day workshop we will produce a different painting every day -- three paintings in total.

You will learn how to quickly draw with the brush simultaneously striking the arabesque, establishing the proportions and blocking in the large shapes. From there you will establish the initial flesh tones, called the Ebauche.

Painting wet-into-wet you will strive for the full stretch from light to dark in full chroma while succinctly articulating the facial features to achieve a three-dimensional painting that will be as fresh as home-baked cookies.

You can register for either the portrait drawing segment or the portrait painting segment.

Register for the full five-day course and enjoy a S$150 savings!

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I enjoyed your class so much that I had a high the following day and rushed to my brushes and palette!

Ken Lim

Michael is a great teacher and a talented artist as well!!! He encouraged me to go for my ideas and helped me realise it. It's a wonderful experience. I would definitely want to learn oil painting again with Michael:))))

Hong Kong

I had such a great time; I've never taken an art class before but Michael was very patient and helpful, and catered to every skill level. We started out the morning with a demonstration and then got started. Before I knew it, it was time for lunch!

All in all, I learned a lot, met some lovely people, and had such an enjoyable day - I'd definitely recommend this class and am already thinking about when I can book it again.

London, UK

Michael Britton's workshops are highly structured to maximise your learning and skill development. You will be guided step-by-step with both clear demonstrations and individual attention in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Michael takes you step-by-step through the entire creative process encapsulating the fundamental truths of painting: drawing, design, value, color, edges, paint manipulation, contrast and, above all, unity.

Alla Prima Bootcamp is open to both the serious beginner to advanced. It will be held at the Visual Arts Centre, Dhoby Ghaut, Singapore

You can register for either the portrait drawing or the portrait painting workshops. Or both!

Class size is limited to twelve and all of your professional grade materials are provided.

Don't miss out! Alla Prima Bootcamp is expected to sell out fast!

Online Portrait Drawing Lessons - Verna

Register here

Portrait Drawing only: S$150 deposit reserves your spot

Portrait Painting only: S$200 reserves your spot.

All 5-days: S$250 deposit reserves your spot.

Visual Arts Centre
#01-02 Dhoby Ghaut Green, 10 Penang Rd, Singapore

Portrait Drawing - Two Days
Monday, 17 February and Tuesday, 18 February from 10:00 to 16:30

Workshop fee: S$500. A S$150 deposit reserves your spot.

Alla Prima Portrait Painting - Three Days
Friday, 21 February, Monday, 24 February and Tuesday, 25 February from 10:00 to 16:30

Workshop fee: S$750. A S$200 deposit reserves your spot.

The Full 5- Day Alla Prima Workshop - SAVE S150!

Workshop fee: S1,100. A S$250 deposit reserves your spot.

If you prefer to pay by direct bank deposit write me for details at

Testimonial Kuala Lumpur


The pace of your step by step teaching was not too fast nor too slow. Also, the style of teaching and class was friendly.

I also like the relevant history you added from time to time along the workshop. It helps me understand the context more.

Your tips or guidance on how to paint professionally are very useful e.g not to copy but paint in our own language, comparing painting with piano playing makes me understand better about rhythm of painting, etc.

Orawan C., Bangkok

I always wanted to try painting but never got around to it until I signed up for this class. Now I'm hooked. Michael is both a very talented artist and teacher. He was patient and encouraging. Thank you, Michael.

Juthathip, Bangkok

Testimonial - Bangkok


I have really grown with Michael's workshops - he demonstrates and walks his way through all the necessary skills and competencies with great patience & dedication. I have become more confident in front of the easel. Suitable for beginners & experienced alike.

Chin Han, Kuala Lumpur

Michael Britton is a New York City trained artist (New York Academy of Art) who has taught several thousand artists (some of whom have gone on to full-time art careers as painters and teachers) in his several decades long career. He was the Artistic Director of the Vancouver Academy of Art, Canada for six years and has also taught drawing for Walt Disney Studios, amongst numerous other appointments throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He is also the author of several art-training videos including Painting Clara Serena.

If you have any questions regarding the workshops please feel free to contact me at