Painting the Portrait alla Prima


  • Level: Beginner, Intermediate

  • Total Learning Hours: 8 hours in 4 lessons

  • Cost: €160

  • Language: English and Italian

  • Instructor: Marco Casalvieri


This course aims to develop the skills necessary in making a portrait alla Prima (meaning, a portrait made in one sitting), with a special focus on:

  • understanding how to paint wet-into-wet
  • setting a palette and establishing color harmonies
  • exploring mark-making and expressive brushstrokes

By the end of this course students will have made six alla prima portraits.



At PADASOR, we like to encourage our students to use Michael Harding paints.  In order to make it easy for students to try out these paints without requiring a significant investment, I offer all of the paint you will need for an additional fee of €30.

Medium: Oil and Solvent

We will provide you with linseed oil, Tintorsetto (odorless solvent) and a medium holder at no additional charge.

Brushes and Brush Holder

It is best to have an assortment of brushes: flats, rounds and filberts, with some made of hog bristle, an others, synthetic.  Once you have had some experience, it is worth adding some sable brushes to your collection.

To ensure proper care of your brushes, we strongly recommend a brush holder.


You will need a canvas for each session.  Recommended size is at least 30 x 40 cm.


Each student should invest in their own wooden palette.  Round or rectangle is fine, just make sure it isn’t too small.


Please bring with you a worn t-shirt to cut up for use as a rag.

For further details, please download the Materials list.

Terms and Conditions

A non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration.

There is no reimbursement for absences, nor make-up lessons.


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Meet Your Instructor:
Marco Casalvieri

Born in 1993, Marco Casalvieri is a contemporary figurative painter.  He developed during his adolescence a strong passion for visual communication, which evolved in later years into a pictorial genre he defines as “imaginative realism”.

Marco currently lives and works in Rome.