Chelsea Classical Studio School of Fine Art

Drawing, Painting and Sculpture Based on the Human Figure

Speed Portraits Using a Limited Palette
Dominique Medici
Sep 5, 12, 19, 26 (4 Tuesday Evenings) 6:30pm- 9:30pm

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Product Description


The most efficient way to develop your observation and intuition simultaneously is to practice Alla Prima painting. Gaining the ability to work quickly, and with precision, is key in your development as a painter. The time restraint forces you to forego detail, see the big picture, and focus on gesture and large masses, the elements which ultimately hold the power and personality within a portrait. In this class, we will work with a systematic and disciplined technique that is uniquely designed to achieve this aim.

I will provide frequent demos, breaking down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps, as well as critique and instruction each session. Since simplicity is one of our goals, we will be using a limited palette — a limited palette of only 5 colors; Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Light, Quinacridone Red, Cobalt Teal and Blue-Black (W&N). This palette is very dynamic and will refine our understanding of color relationships. We will focus on 4 main aspects of a portrait: Proportion, Value, Color, and Edge, which will help us to accurately capture a likeness within a limited time frame. Practicing this way over the course of the month will help to sharpen your observation, and take your skill to a new level.


Dominique Medici is a NYC-based artist specializing in both Egg tempera and Oil painting. She studied in London and has exhibited internationally, including Art in Action, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Christies Young Artist Exhibition and the Society of Portrait Painters. She was a semi finalist in 2006 Outwin Boochevor Portrait Completion and recently received awards in the 2014 Portrait Society of America members show, Oil Painters of America’s 24th Annual National Juried Show and the Margaret Dole Award at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 118th Annual Exhibition . Dominique has undertaken numerous international portrait commissions and her work in displayed in many private collections throughout Europe and the US, Dominique has a passion for teaching and has taught extensively both privately and publicly.

“I love working from life with direct observation because it is tangible and concrete. However, there is something that lies behind the obvious, a sense of mystery and wonder. Whether it is the model in the studio, a stream in woods or a crowded downtown scene, life has a sparkle and shimmer, I love connecting with that and trying to get an expression of it directly in my work. I am always searching for a quality of stillness in my work. There is a profound and serene joy that washes over when the boundary between subject and object is lost. My hope is that my viewers get a sense of this when looking at my work”—Dominique Medici

4 Tuesday nights in September, 2017
September 5, 2017 : Intro, Demo and 1 – 45 min portrait
September 12, 2017 : We will paint 2 – 50 min portraits
September 19, 2017 : We will paint 1 – 40 min portrait + 1 – 2 hour portrait
September 26, 2017 : We will paint 1 – 3 hour portrait

$215 (includes 4 classes)

All skill levels welcome.

Max 12 students.

Material List
If you do not have your own materials for $25 I can provide/rent : paints, medium, spirits, cups and gray palette paper for the duration of the workshop (email me to let me know).

Bring a neutral gray palette

Any professional brushes in the following sizes are fine
Hog Hair or Natural Bristle (Filbert) #4 (1), #6 (1) #8 (1)
Hog Hair or Natural Bristle (Flat) #2 (1), #4 (1)

We will use a limited palette. Any professional paint brand is fine, no student grade 40ml tube or larger only the following colors:
Titanium White
Cadmium Yellow Light
Quinacridone Red (Gamblin)
Cobalt Teal (Gamblin)
Blue Black (Winsor & Newton)

Surface/ Support:
Bring your preferred support (prime with a neutral gray)
Primed Masonite (hardboard)
Canvas or Linen Panels
Stretched Canvas or Linen
Size : 8”x 10”, 9”x 12”, 11” x 14”, 12” x 16”
Quantity: canvases – 4 canvases

Linseed Oil

Brush Cleaner:

Additional Materials:
Two clip on metal cups for Mineral Spirits and Linseed Oil
Palette Knife
Rags or Paper Towels
Sketchbook for notes

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Dominique Medici

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