Alla Prima Workshops with Laurel Bushman | Fridays 12-4pm | Oct. - Feb.

Dates Fridays: Oct. 11, 18, 25, Nov. 15, 22, Dec. 6, 13, 20, 2019 Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 24, 2020
Times 12 - 4pm
Skill Level Beginners +  
Cost $120* per session | $330 for three sessions
Studio Fee $60 for students signed up to take three sessions (fee covers all three sessions), $25 for students signed up for one session. To be collected by the instructor on day one.

Alla Prima Workshop with Laurel Bushman | Fridays 12-4pm
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Join Laurel Bushman to create an alla prima oil painting. Alla prima painting is the art of painting wet on wet in oil to complete an artwork in one sitting. It literally means, “first attempt” in Italian. Working alla prima is a rewarding and fun process that helps artists develop their intuition about color, value and composition. Often first time painters surprise themselves from trusting their instincts in response to color and form.

Students will learn the simple skills needed to use the palette to find the colors for each brush stroke. This thoughtful approach to organizing colors on the palette saves students years of confusion and helps build good practices. At the end of the workshop, each student will have a beautiful painting to take home. Laurel is a well-practiced painter who enjoys working with any skill level. Students will learn to paint solvent free, working oil-only and cleaning up with soap and water. You are welcome to bring your own oil paints as well. All students will be required to pay the studio materials fee even if they choose to bring their own paints.

Provided Materials: Easels, a basic palette of oil paints, boards to paint on, and walnut oil will be provided. 

Students are responsible for bringing the following materials:

  • Brushes, medium to firm bristles. Should include filberts and flats of varying sizes from #4 up to about a size #10. 

  • Paint palette- Paper palette, wood, or coated Masonite are great. 

  • Palette knife for mixing. 

  • Rags for wiping brushes.

  • Plastic wrap or plastic bags to wrap up your brushes to take home (dirty brushes will go home with you to wash)

About the Instructor

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Laurel Bushman is a Santa Cruz based artist whose love for drawing began as a teenager when she first encountered figurative realism. As a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Laurel studied painting, drawing and art history. Her understanding of realist drawing techniques has allowed Laurel to express her ideas across multiple platforms, including painting, murals and more recently, to expand into caricaturing. Both her art and her teaching are fueled by inspiration from a broad spectrum of influences, while being fundamentally rooted in the fine art tradition. Through teaching, Laurel has learned that all students can grow. The best art teachers inspire their students by providing a view into what is possible. Even more importantly, they create a safe place for students to experiment and make mistakes. 

To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” -Kurt Vonnegut

"I have taken four classes from Laurel Bushman and enthusiastically recommend her as a teacher.  It had been nearly 50 years since the last time I took an art class when I started taking classes from her last fall.   As a beginning student, I found Laurel’s lessons to be clear and understandable and her one-on-one assistance invaluable."


Laurel Avo Oil Painting

Laurel Avo Oil Painting

"I recently retired after 33 years of teaching. I had always wanted to take a drawing or painting class, so I jumped right in with Laurel's class at the Santa Cruz Art League in fundamentals using charcoal. I was so nervous and worried that I would be awful. From day one Laurel made me feel at ease. She is kind, funny, talented and always came to class prepared with that day's lesson. Her suggestions were helpful and encouraging. I would highly recommend taking a class from Laurel, especially if you're a nervous beginner!"

Laurel Roses Oil Painting

Laurel Roses Oil Painting