Jun 27 - 29 2022


9:30 am - 4:30 pm



627RW-P: Alla Prima Portraits: Zorn Palette with Robin Wellner


Intermediate – Advanced

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Portraits are challenging  — but so rewarding!  Simplifying your color palette to just three colors and white will give you freedom to focus on other details in portraiture.  Anders Zorn’s limited palette offers a beautiful range of skin tones and you’re virtually guaranteed color harmony in your painting.

In painting the model from life, we will focus on measuring to get a likeness, facial features, values, painting shapes instead of lines and of course – color!!! Using only four colors: white, yellow ochre, Cadmium red medium and Ivory black we can achieve virtually any skin tone.

I’ll ask you all to do some homework before the workshop.  I’d like you to prepare a color chart based on the Zorn Palette.  I’ve prepared a YouTube video with complete instructions at  This will help you become familiar with all the colors available using this palette.  Please bring your chart with you to the workshop.

We will start each morning with instruction and a demo, painting the model “alla prima” (wet-on-wet) from life.  After lunch you will all have the opportunity to paint the model with lots of one-on-one instruction  and gentle critiquing. There is nothing like painting from life! Even if you choose to paint from photos in the future, painting from life will give you valuable information that will help you in your work. There will be plenty of one-on-one instruction, number of students is limited to seven. Students are required to pay the model fee the first day of class, estimated at $25-$40 depending on the number of students registered.

Portrait of American Poet Amanda Gorman by       Robin Wellner

Workshop Teacher

  • Robin Wellner

    Robin Wellner is an avid painter of people as well as landscapes and Plein air.  Her fascination with painting faces has lead her to numerous national awards and inclusion in national shows with the American Women Artists, Oil Painters of America and Richeson 75 Figure and Portrait International Show.  She maintains a practice of painting from life on a weekly basis in Charlotte, NC where she and her husband reside.  Her training evolved from Fine Arts in college to numerous workshops with renowned artists such as Dawn Whitelaw, Robert Liberace, Rich Nelson, Chris Saper and numerous others.