Alla Prima Oil Painting – an Art Gems Workshop with Margery Blom

 – Alla Prima is an Italian phrase that translates to ‘at first attempt’, meaning a painting is completed in one sitting.

Many famous artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet and Richard Schmid were masters in the art of Alla Prima painting.  This technique (also called wet-on wet or au premier coup) involves painting all layers at the same time, rather then letting them dry between layers.  Because of this, alla prima is perfect for plein air, or completing a painting in one sitting.

In this workshop, you will be guided step by step to complete two oil paintings in a method that is new to you, allowing a freedom that is different from the layering techniques of traditional oil painting.

Monday, April 29, 2024 (10am-2pm)

$100 – with all materials provided


About the Instructor:  Margery Blom was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and loved creating and making things all through her childhooe, with a dream Art School.

She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree from the University of Manitoba School of Art, and then a B.ED degree a few years later, and worked as a high school teacher. In 2013, Margery retired and relocated to Vancouver Island in 2013.

Now, Margery is fulfilling another dream by joining our art community and becoming a full-time artist!  She is a representational oil painter with a love of nature, all its vibrant colours, light and reflections.

Margery is Faculty Director for the School for the Creative Arts at the McMillan Arts Centre, and also teaches classes and workshops in Oil Painting. She is also part of the gallery committee and coordinate our wonderful Artists in Residence program. Her work can be seen at the McMillan Arts Centre, The Old School House, Qualicum Art Supplies and Gallery, the New PCC centre, and in various locations on Vancouver Island throughout the year.