The Portrait from a Photo: a Study of Masses


  • Level: Beginner, Intermediate

  • Total Learning Hours: 12 hours in 6 lessons

  • Cost: €240

  • Language: English and Italian

  • Instructor: Alessandro Dupré


This course focuses on the creation of a portrait through an understanding of masses.  We will look at the paintings made at the end of the 19th century, including some of the impressionists, and examine how ‘line’ around form is merely an illusion created by a change in value.

We will apply these principles to the creation of our own painting using a photograph as a reference.  What kind of photograph is best to use will be explained at the beginning of the course.


  • Linen canvas, dimensions 40x50cm
  • Hog bristle brushes, filberts, sizes 4,8,12,16,20, at least two for each size.  Recommended brands: Raphael, Tintoretto, Winsor & newton, Rosemary.
  • Linseed oil
  • Tintorsetto (or other odorless solvents)
  • Oil colors in tube:
    Ivory Black
    Cobalt Blue
    Alizarin Crimson
    Raw Umber
    Yellow Ochre
    Titanium White
    Recommended brands: LeFranc, Michael Harding, Mussini, Old Holland
  • Oil and thinner bowls with cap suitable for the palette (with clip)
  • Professional wooden palette (the largest you can find)
  • Spatulas, triangular in shape and medium-large in size
  • Marseille soap
  • Rags
  • Paper towels

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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Below: an example of student work.

Meet Your Instructor:
Alessandro Dupré

Alessandro Dupré was born in Latina, Lazio, Italy, in 1987.

He became interested in painting at the age of 12 and attended the extra-curricular courses of the artist Giuseppe Conte.

After completing his high school studies, he continued in the artistic field, first attending the Academy of Rome and then the Florence Academy of Art.

In the period preceding his attendance at the FAA, he settled for a few years in Paris, a city that influenced him in his artistic taste, finding interest in French painting of the 18th and 19th centuries.

He obtained a scholarship from the FAA to support art history lectures, contributing to the research of historiographical material.

He has participated in several collective exibitions including Rome Art Salon and some solo exhibitions.

He returned to his hometown after his studies, where he currently lives and works in his studio-atelier.