The Techniques,
           the Principles,
        the Materials,
               the Secrets of
   the Most Exciting Approach
           to Portrait Painting
The Portrait Institute
Our 143-Page Manual:

How To Paint
A Portrait in Oils
In One Sitting


Your Handbook to
The Premier Coup Technique
and the
Portrait Institute Color System


- In 29 Easy-to-Follow Steps

In this popular book, you will find instruction in the basic elements of painting, plus the nine essential principles of the premier coup technique. Easy-to-follow demonstrations, in 29 steps, make for rapid learning. A bestseller.

New Logo
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.

New Products
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.

Taught by
John Howard Sanden