Chuck2016 Rose Frantzen

Arriving at Alla Prima with Rose Frantzen


April 15-19
9 am-4 pm
Level:  intermediate/advanced


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April 15-19
9 am-4 pm
Level:  intermediate/advanced

We are thrilled to include Rose Frantzen to our list of instructors for 2019.  The emphasis of this 5-day workshop will be to grow a deeper sensitivity to what you see and how to understand and paint what you see. Recognizing that style is inherent in the artist, we look at how to ask yourself what it is that you are seeing. We use the model as the beginning of that conversation. What is your relationship to this model, what is this color, this value, this edge? What is my experience of this human being sitting in front of me? How does one translate this into paint? We approach this questioning by breaking down the alla prima portrait painting process into three paintings.

Day one:
Beginning with a form-focused monochromatic opaque value study (closed grisaille,) students will paint the afternoon of day one after a demo in the morning by Rose.

Day two:
We build on our understanding of value by adding temperature, with a warm and cool painting

Day three:   Rose synthesizes these fundamentals of form and temperature into a full-color all-day demo.

Days four & five:
With the students at the easel and with Rose’s guidance, hue, temperature, value, form, drawing, edges, and paint quality come together.
This approach allows for practice in each category separately and then utilizes the language, questions, and understanding all at once, which is the essential nature of alla prima portraiture.

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day.  Lunch is on your own.  Feel free to bring lunch to the studio or enjoy plenty of dining options nearby in our neighborhood.

For students traveling from out of town, please let us know if you need accommodation recommendations.  We will be happy to help!

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About the Artist
Rose Frantzen has an established history as a working artist, exhibiting figurative, representational, and allegorical works in oil and multimedia in galleries across the country, including the Old City Hall Gallery, which she established in her hometown of Maquoketa, Iowa. She has had numerous one-woman shows and participated in many group shows in galleries and museums throughout the United States. “Portrait of Maquoketa,” a collection of
180 portraits that she painted of her townspeople, was exhibited at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The project now includes a panoramic landscape of Maquoketa painted on 34 suspended panels and is part of the Figge Art Museum’s permanent collection. Her work is in the permanent collections of the World Food Prize, the Figge Art Museum, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the Dubuque Museum of Art, Iowa State University, University of
Iowa, and has been shown at the Butler Institute of American Art, the Brunnier Museum, the Denver Historical Museum, and the Iowa State Historical Museum. She is a three-time winner in the International Portrait Competition of the Portrait Society of America, awarded 5th and 4th place out of 2500+ entries, and received the 2016 and 2018 People’s Choice Award. Her portrait commissions include university deans and presidents, governors, and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack. Frantzen is a frequent demonstrator, workshop instructor, guest lecturer, and panelist
discussing art and the artist’s life in the 21st century at museums and national art conventions, and her paintings have been featured in national and international art magazines, podcasts, and journals. Her latest project, “In the Face of Illusion,” is a 4×64 foot wall of contiguous portraits and figures that are painted in dialogue with optical illusions. Her work can be found online at

Refunds can not be given for visiting artist workshops unless the workshop is canceled by Townsend Atelier.