We are pleased to unveil here the new Portrait Institute logo, honoring
the twentieth-century hero of the premier coup technique, John Singer
Sargent. Our old logo, featuring a likeness of Rembrandt, is now consigned,
like the artist himself, to history.
On the New Products page, you will find several new items of interest,
including several beautifully-produced giclée prints, which we
hope you will find inspirational.
New Instructional Section:
The Premier Coup Technique
Since 1974, the premier coup technique has been at the heart of our
educational materials and approach. You may prefer to call this technique
alla prima. Both terms (one French, one Italian) have the identical
meaning. In this section, you will learn the history of the technique
and the names of the greatest artists who have espoused and practiced
it, plus the basic principles you will need to understand to paint in
this method yourself.