Spring Continuing Ed Portrait Painting and Figure Painting Classes at the School of Visual Arts in NYC

Classes begin February 1st and 2nd

Class painting by Noor Chadha

Realistic Figure and Portrait Painting from Life

Friday 12:00PM – 6:00PM Feb 01 – May 03

Call 212-592-2050 or click here to register or for more info.

Class Painting by Tanya Stolstein

Classical Portrait Painting from Life

Saturday 10:00AM – 4:00PM Feb 02 – May 04

Call 212-592-2050 or click here to register or to get more info.

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be teaching two continuing education classes at the School of Visual Arts this coming semester. On Friday afternoons, from noon to 6 pm, it’s Realistic Portrait and Figure Painting and on Saturday it’s Realistic Portrait Painting from 10am to 4pm. 

Living and working as a professional artist in New York for more than 40 years has given me the unique opportunity to analyze some of the greatest masterpieces of Western Art. This has afforded me unfettered access to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick Collection, as well as auction previews at Sotheby’s and Christie’s. I’ve examined and analyzed hundreds of of original works by legendary artists such as Rembrandt, Velasquez, Van Dyke, Ingres, Bouguereau and Paxton and have come to a deep understanding of what I believe to be the underlying mindset they all share. This forms the backbone of how I approach not only my painting but my teaching as well. 

Great painting is about manifesting intent. Having a deep understanding of visual phenomena. It’s definitely not about copying what’s in front of you, imitating brushwork, rendering something to death or finding that “magic” medium. A great painting has the potential to convey something more real than reality. 

My teaching is based on a simple premise: to own it, you need to understand exactly the way it works. I teach the underlying principles of what makes a great painting great. What differentiates my teaching from others is that I don’t teach rules, but the consequences of choices. 

My students don’t follow a dogmatic cookie cutter script where all the student’s work bears an uncanny resemblance to the teacher’s. I believe that making art is about discovering who you are. Once you understand the underlying mindset and techniques I teach you’ll have the freedom to express the real you. 

All aspects of my techniques and methodologies will be fully demonstrated in class. When not demoing I spend the remainder of class working with and critiquing my students one on one. You don’t need to be a full-time student to make great progress. My students often remark they learned more in the first day of class than they had in many years of so-called study.

In addition to the class sessions, we’ll take a Sunday field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where I will break down the great masterworks and evaluate each work in accordance to the principles I teach. My intent is to transform the way you approach and look at painting.

See you in class!  


Fall Continuing Ed Oil Painting Portrait Classes at the School of Visual Arts with Marvin Mattelson

It’s been a very busy summer for me. I completed two portraits and went down to Bermuda to gather reference for a series of paintings I’ve been commissioned to paint of  Bermudian architecture.

First of all, I wanted to share my latest commission with you, a portrait of Robert Cripps, the retiring Chairman of the Board of Velcro Industries. I feel like I’m learning so much with each painting I complete, and I love sharing my newfound knowledge with all my students.

Robert Cripps Portrait by Marvin Mattelson

If  you want to take the next step forward in your artistic evolution or maybe you just feel stuck, refocusing on the core principles that I teach can be a big boost to your progress. By constantly reviewing these principles I continue to deepen my understanding and this is what fuels my artistic growth.

I’ll be teaching two Continuing Education classes at the School of Visual Arts during the fall semester. If you or a friend are interested in attending, please don’t wait until the last minute to register. The classes start a week from this coming Saturday and Sunday, on September 21st and 22nd. If you’ve already signed up, thank you, and I look forward to seeing you soon. 

Marvin Mattelson demoing at SVA

All principles are fully explained while being clearly demonstrated.

I hope to see you in a class.

“Portrait Painting: The Real Deal” is a Featured Workshop this week!

SVA CE website home page

 

Two-week Workshop • August 6th-17th

The School of Visual Arts @ NYC

I’m proud to announce that this week my August oil portrait painting workshop, “Portrait Painting: The Real Deal”, is featured on the School of Visual Arts’ Continuing Education home page. (See above.) In my opinion, all workshops are not created equal. This workshop is about transforming the way you see and cultivating the understanding that merely copying what’s in front of you will not result in a great life-like work of art. Many instructors (as well as students) feel that if you can pick up a trick or two then your time spent in the workshop has been a success. Don’t count me among them. I believe that in two weeks time you can experience a contextual shift in the way you approach making art and that the level of your work can grow exponentially as a result.

Here is a comment from a former workshop attendee, the outstanding sculptor, Roger Owens.

This workshop is an unusually dense and thoughtful course of instruction – well worth taking twice – even for copious note-takers like myself. I processed the information differently and more completely the second time. It exceeded my expectations and my expectations were very high. It might have taken a decade or two for me to learn, on my own, what Marvin delivered in one week. Benjamin Franklin said it best: “Learn of the skillful; he that teaches himself has a fool for his master.”
Brian Owens

Here is a link to more student feedback.

Due to my heavy work schedule, I now limit myself to teaching just one oil portrait painting workshop each year. If you miss this one, then you’ll have to wait until August 2019. It’s going to be an incredible workshop.

 

Portrait Painting: The Real Deal

Portrait of Sydnie
Location: The School of Visual Arts @ New York City
To register online:
http://www.sva.edu/continuing-education/fine-arts/portrait-painting-the-real-deal-18-cu-fic-2221-ce
Course Number: FIC-2221-CE
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 9:00AM – 5:00PM Aug 06 – Aug 17
310 East 22nd Street
8.50 CEUs, 11 Sessions
For more info or to register by phone call: 212.592.2050

Course description:
There’s more to painting a great portrait than capturing a likeness; it’s about creating the illusion of life. Portraiture should reveal the character of the sitter and exude a lifelike essence. Whether you are just starting out or very experienced, whether you choose to paint from live models or work from photo references, what you can learn in this course has the potential to transform your art. Taught by an award-winning portrait artist, you will learn how to analyze, interpret and vastly improve your ability to capture a convincing and telling representation of your sitter. Based on the idea that logic, not frivolous rules and superficial techniques are at the core of the greatest portraits ever created, a mindful approach that is both broad in scope, yet simple to comprehend will be taught. Working from live models, you will discover a simple and straightforward way to draw accurately and easily replicate any color you see, particularly the subtle translucent tones of the human complexion. You will also learn to model form and simulate the effects of luminosity, depth, and atmospheric space. All the information covered in this course will be fully demonstrated and explained by the instructor.

NOTE: A Sunday afternoon field trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art is included. Please bring a notebook and pen to the first session. A complete supply list will be sent to you prior to the start of the workshop.

Marvin Mattelson Summer 2018 Workshops in New York City

 

Continuing Ed Classes at the School of Visual Arts

This summer I’ll be teaching two workshops at the School of Visual Arts in New York City: a five-day portrait drawing workshop and an eleven-day portrait painting workshop.

The purpose of both workshops is to transform your ability to make art. Just imagine, for just one moment, that everytime you picked up a brush or a piece of charcoal you could download Anthony Van Dyke’s brain.

Great art is the function of sound strategic thinking. There is a profound underlying mindset that has served as the foundation for the creation of the greatest realist art in history. My goal is to provide you with the opportunity to tap into that mindset. Intrinsic talent is not sufficient enough if you want to excel. 

But worry not, you will get more than your fair share of technical information as well. In both workshops, you’ll learn how to see what’s actually in front of you and how to create the illusion of a three-dimensional reality. The painting workshop adds the dimension of color and there you will learn how to analyze color and how to easily identify and mix any color you see. Also, you’ll learn to create life-like flesh-tones as well as how to use color to unify your subject matter. 

All aspects of my curriculum are fully demonstrated alongside my running commentary. The above portrait of Sarah was my demo from last year’s workshop. At all other times, I’ll be circulating amongst my students while critiquing and giving feedback. 

I’ve heard it said that if you take a workshop you should be happy if you can walk away with a trick or two under your belt. If you’ve been privy to this way of thinking, my advice is to run – don’t walk – as fast as you can from the source of this misinformation. If it’s a teacher, shame on them. Nothing can be further from the truth.

The intent of my workshops is to transform the way you approach making your art. The important question is, are you willing to give up the rules and regulations you’ve come to believe are at the root of whatever successes you’ve experienced to date? 

Rules obfuscate the truth. As my former student, Dorian Vallejo said, “…one of the greatest teachers ever. Marvin Mattelson changes the lives of anyone paying attention. I know I wouldn’t be half the painter I am without his guidance. ”  

Whether you’re a portrait artist or not, these workshops will make a huge difference in the way you look at, think about and make art. 

Hope to see you there. Until next time… 

Realistic Portrait Drawing: Course Number: FIC-2148-A

http://www.sva.edu/continuing-education/fine-arts/realistic-portrait-drawing-18-cu-fic-2148-a

Realistic Portrait Drawing

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00AM – 5:00PM Jun 04 – Jun 08

310 East 22nd Street

4.00 CEUs, 5 Sessions

For more info call: 212.592.2050

Drawing lies at the heart of all representational art and unity is the key component. The purpose of this workshop is to develop your ability to approach drawing in a contextual way, where each small part serves the greater whole. We will start with exercises designed to sharpen your ability to see objectively. Working with live models, you will learn how to identify the specific proportions and structure unique to each individual. By weeks end, you will understand what it takes to achieve a full-fledged tonal portrayal of your subject, bathed in light and surrounded by air. Draftsmanship is an easily learned skill. The techniques and approaches you will learn can be readily adapted to any type of subject matter and style. All aspects of this method will be presented logically and coherently. Every step will be fully demonstrated and explained. 

NOTE: A complete supply list will be sent to you prior to the start of the workshop.

Portrait Painting: The Real Deal: Course Number: FIC-2221-CE

http://www.sva.edu/continuing-education/fine-arts/portrait-painting-the-real-deal-18-cu-fic-2221-ce

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 9:00AM – 5:00PM Aug 06 – Aug 17

310 East 22nd Street

8.50 CEUs, 11 Sessions

For more info call: 212.592.2050

There’s more to painting a great portrait than capturing a likeness; it’s about creating the illusion of life. Portraiture should reveal the character of the sitter and exude a lifelike essence. Whether you are just starting out or very experienced, whether you choose to paint from live models or work from photo references, what you can learn in this course has the potential to transform your art. Taught by an award-winning portrait artist, you will learn how to analyze, interpret and vastly improve your ability to capture a convincing and telling representation of your sitter. Based on the idea that logic, not frivolous rules and superficial techniques are at the core of the greatest portraits ever created, a mindful approach that is both broad in scope, yet simple to comprehend will be taught. Working from live models, you will discover a simple and straightforward way to draw accurately and easily replicate any color you see, particularly the subtle translucent tones of the human complexion. You will also learn to model form and simulate the effects of luminosity, depth, and atmospheric space. All the information covered in this course will be fully demonstrated and explained by the instructor. 

NOTE: A Sunday afternoon field trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art is included. Please bring a notebook and pen to the first session. A complete supply list will be sent to you prior to the start of the workshop.

To Be An Artist You First Need to Think Like One

Noor Chadha - Sarah

Noor Chadha – Portrait of Sarah

Painting is an extremely complex endeavor. Personally, I think that realistic painting is the most difficult task a human being can hope to undertake. My reasoning is: there are so many variables to contend with. Any difficult task is more easily overcome if you have a clear understanding of what’s involved. However, if you are trying to master anything inherently complex, and have no insight, or even worse, an overcomplicated theory, a difficult task becomes that much more formidable. To me, that’s the problem with most art training.

I have a theory about how teaching painting evolved. Whenever a lesser artist tries to replicate something they see in a masterpiece, the typical reaction is to compartmentalize it by making it into a rule and rigidly applying it. And then there’s the worst rule of all, “First you must learn all the rules before you can break them!” Rules are crippling because they eliminate any opportunity you have to think for yourself.

A prime example of this is the rule about halftones: “Halftones should always be cool”. The truth is, to save time, artists would often scumble their lights over the shadows to create a transition between the two, rather than mix an intermediate value. When a warm translucent light color is laid over a warm shadow tone, the result is more neutral. When a neutral is surrounded by warm tones it appears cool. I don’t know the physics behind this, but it’s the same phenomena that makes the blood vessels below your skin appear blue (yes grasshopper, blood is red!). But many artists, such as Sir Henry Raeburn, Rembrandt and Velasquez, used warm colors to bring halftone planes forward.

The problem with following rules is that a rule is by nature formulaic. Always do this: never do that. For example, the rule stating that chroma should stay consistent within the value range of color depicting a singular object. But, William Bouguereau, Jean Leon Gerome and William McGregor Paxton, shifted chroma extensively.

Even worse, rote learning is self-cannibalizing. A small number of precociously talented students may intuitively supersede the rules they were taught, and produce outstanding results, in spite of and not because of the rules they learned. But as they move up the food chain and eventually become teachers themselves, they will, in all likelihood, reiterate the same rules they were “taught” because there is no way to explain intuitive choices.

Though a school may be run by an accomplished artist, the rule following majority is screwed. When rote learning, which is essentially the memorization of rules, forms the basis of any methodology, the potential for true artistic development is severely curtailed and progress is slowed down considerably. When student work bears a strong stylistic footprint, rule following is at the root.

Leonardo da Vinci said, “practice must always be founded on sound theory… Those who are in love with practice without knowledge or like the sailor who gets into a ship without rudder or compass and who never can be certain whether he is going.” Sound theory is based on understanding, not following rules.

Noor Chadha - Before & After

Noor Chadha – Before & After

Above, are two paintings done by my student Noor Chadha, who has studied with me for exactly one year. The first painting done last fall was her first attempt at a color portrait. She painted the second one this summer. Her progress is astonishing. The number of class sessions she has taken with me is approximately 30. If she were studying full-time at an atelier, for example, she would be about 1 1/2 months in and still rendering her first barge plate. It’s not about the time spent studying, it’s about time well spent.

My goal is to transform the way my students think. l believe my approach can dramatically cut down on the amount of time it takes anyone to progress and reach higher and higher levels. Not because “that’s the way you’re supposed to do it” or “that’s the way so-and-so does it”. As Wayne Dyer said, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

Classes begin this Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16th.

Realistic Figure and Portrait Painting from Life

Fridays • 12:00PM – 6:00PM • Sep 15 – Dec 15 • 12 Sessions • Click here to register or find out more information about the Friday class.

Classical Portrait Painting from Life

Saturdays • 10:00AM – 4:00PM • Sep 16 – Dec 16 • 11 Sessions • Click here to register or find out more information about the Saturday class.

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