Unfortunately due to Covid 19, this class has been postponed. Please check out the online version below.

Join Ali April 23-24th for this LIVE workshop!

Ali Kay Studio, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Learn Ali’s technique for layering vivid colors and brushstrokes to dramatically capture your subject! This workshop will show you how to find accurate value and tones while still keeping your painting playful and unique!

Are you ready for some ME TIME?

  • 2 Day workshop investment- $625
  • Class size is limited and this event will sell out so reserve your spot early!
  • A 50% deposit is due to reserve your spot. Deposits are nonrefundable.


  hours  minutes  seconds


Painterly Portraits with Ali Kay


Deposit $312.50

Class Description

People Portrait Class Description:

Learn to paint impressionistic representational portraits.  Ali will demonstrate techniques including image transfer, underpainting, glazing, and loose brushwork. In this two day workshop students will create two works of art.   The first day the class will recreate a step by step sample portrait designed by Ali.  One the second day each student will paint from their own personal photo using the same process.      

Do you want to get started now? Here’s a peak at Ali’s portrait process. Join us in the live workshop for individual step by step instruction!

• Products used 

 Golden fluid acrylics and glaze, TFR canvas

• Students should bring: 

Clear high quality reference image for their personal portrait created on day 2.  Good reference images are face close ups with a strong light and dark contrast. 

Reference image must be emailed to Ali and approved at least 2 weeks prior to class.  ali@positivespaceart.com 

What makes a good reference image?

  • Close up of the head and shoulders
  • Clear high resolution image
  • Strong light and dark contrast
  • A closed mouth is easier to paint than one that shows teeth
  • iPad or tablet – optional – Many students have found it helpful to view their reference images on their tablets.  
  • There will also be printed handouts with the images for those who do not bring a tablet.   
  • Apron 

All painting supplies are included.  Students will receive a personal brush set and two new palettes to take home.

Travel, Food, and Accommodations:


Breakfast including coffee, pastries and fresh fruit will be provided through our in-house catering company Dish T Pass.  

Freshly made boxed lunches will be available for purchase from Dish T Pass (located inside the studio building) for $10. Lunch options include freshly made salads, sandwiches, and soups.   We will take a 45 minute lunch break each day.   

*Lunch must be ordered by 8:30 am each morning of class.  


You are welcome to park in our lot but you will need to be sure to sign into our guest book located in the lobby. 

Travel info 

Positive Space studio is located inside Chattanooga WorkSpace.   302 W. 6th Street. Chattanooga TN, 37402.    


Chattanooga Airport is about a 15-20 minute drive from the studio.  

Atlanta , Knoxville, and Nashville are all about 2hrs away.   There is a shuttle through Groome Transportation that will bring you to Chattanooga from Nashville or Atlanta airports.   Round trip fare is $84.  This will bring you to the shuttle station located just outside of downtown.   You will need to catch a cab to get to your hotel.      


Positive Space is located downtown and there are many hotels within walking distance.   

Chattanooga also has many AirB&B options close to the downtown area. 

Downtown hotels 

Double Tree – walking distance 


Westin – walking distance 


Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites – walking distance 


Holiday Inn Express – not walking distance 


Hampton Inn and Suites – walking distance 


Marriott – Not walking distance 


Courtyard Marriott – about 4 blocks away