Marvin Mattelson’s Portrait Workshops – Summer 2015

Take Your Portraits to the Next Level

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Due to my heavy work schedule, this summer I only have time to teach two workshops. Both will be taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. These two workshops address, in my estimation, the most troublesome aspects for artists interested in figurative and portrait painting: drawing and mixing color accurately. I will teach you to gain control with far less expended effort. The conventional way artists typically approach these aspects is unnecessarily overcomplicated and convoluted. I know many people feel that they must soldier on by themselves and eventually by putting in enough time they’ll overcome their shortcomings. Based on my experience the way to change your results is by changing your approach. The definition of insanity, according to Rita Mae Brown, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Regardless of whether you want to paint with broad strokes or great refinement you will learn how to take your work to the next level.

First up is my workshop Realistic Portrait Drawing, an intense 5 day workshop designed to improve drawing accuracy; Monday June 1 thru Friday June 5, 9am to 5pm. Click here to register for Realistic Portrait Drawing.

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.

The second workshop is Realistic Portrait Painting. It runs from Monday August 3 thru Friday August 14. There is no class Sunday August 9. The hours are from 9am to 5pm. Click here to register for Realistic Portrait Painting. If you’re interested the course can be taken for undergraduate credits at an additional fee. Click here to register for realistic Portrait painting for college credit.

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. During this course, taught by an award-winning portrait artist, you will learn how to analyze, interpret and convincingly portray the human visage. The methodology presented is both broad in scope, yet simple to comprehend. It’s based on the idea that logic, not frivolous rules nor superficial techniques, lies at the core of the greatest portraits ever created. Working from live models, you will discover a simple and straightforward way to achieve accurate drawing and to easily replicate any color you see, particularly the subtle translucent tones of the human complexion. You will also learn how to model form and to simulate the effects of luminosity, illusionistic depth and atmospheric space. All of the information covered in this course will be fully demonstrated and explained. NOTE: A complete supply list will be sent to you prior to the start of the workshop. The Saturday session will be held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Saturday, August 8, Hours: 10:00 am-5:00 pm).

New York Portrait Artist Workshop Demonstration – Day 4

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Today I completed my demonstration of Megan. I followed the same procedure as the previous day’s demo, but focused on smaller and more subtle nuanced shapes and transitions. I’m very happy with the way it came out and would have loved to keep working on it. When Megan came down from the model stand, after her next to last sitting, she looked and the painting, gasped and then hugged me. It was very touching. I’ve never had anything like that happen before.

Below are the progressive steps today’s journey took, followed by a few details. Unfortunately, there is some glare on these last images. I’ll try to get a better shot of the finished painting and post it soon.

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My workshop schedule for this year will be complete come tomorrow. For those interested, my continuing education classes at the School of Visual Arts begin in mid-September. Should be fun.

Until next time…

New York Portrait Artist Workshop Demonstration – Day 3

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Today, was the beginning of the end, or the phase I refer to as the initial finish later. As always, my priorities were: first drawing, then values and lastly color. I’m encouraged with how the likeness is coming together and especially the way that Megan’s spirit has begun to emerge. Since the base colors were established in the previous demo, I was able to introduce translucency and color-nuance and start the process of really bringing the portrait to life.

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My last demo day for this workshop will be Thursday.

Until next time…

New York Portrait Artist Workshop Demonstration – Day 2

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Yesterday I demonstrated my procedure for mixing up the colors on my palette. Today I laid in the color in a logical and methodical way and even had time at the end of the day to start the edge handling. Next up: the refinement stage. Below you can trace my steps, starting with the drawing correction and finishing up with the complete coverage of the underpainting.

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Until next time…

Marvin Mattelson Atlanta Portrait Artist Lecture Series

For the Next Two Weeks, the Hottest Thing in Atlanta May Very Well Not Be the Temp!

The above portrait, of model Catherine Pica, painted during last years Atlanta Portrait Artist Workshop, by my student Marybeth Lumley. As previously announced, I’ll be returning to lead a two-week workshop in Atlanta from July 9th through the 21st. When I do my out-of-NYC workshops, I schedule my lectures in the evenings and on the intervening Sunday. This way I can cover valuable information without taking away from model painting time. The lectures are free for my workshop students, are also available to the public for the cost of $25.00 each. All lectures are geared towards oil portrait painters, though the underlying concepts and information can easily be applied to any genre of painting.

All lectures will be held at Binders Art Supplies & Framing, 3330 Piedmont Rd. Suite 18 Atlanta, GA 30305. For anyone interested in attending the workshop, there is still space available. You can also to audit the workshop. To register for the workshop, audit or lectures, call Jacob Gunter at 404.237.6331 ext-203, register online or sign up at the store.

Color Theory with Marvin Mattelson
All Levels | Price: $25 | Min. 10/ Max. 25
ARTZ1183 | Tue. July 10, 5:30-8pm

Marvin Mattelson will break down conventional notions of color theory and explain a more accurate, efficient and concise way to think about color. He will dispel a number of popularly held misconceptions that can handcuff an artists ability to be in control of their color mixing. He will explain how to easily analyze any color you see and then mix it repeatedly with consistent results.

Flesh-tone Palette Mix with Marvin Mattelson
All Levels | Price: $25 | Min. 10/ Max. 25
ARTZ1184 | Wed. July 11, 5:30-8pm

Marvin Mattelson will demonstrate his unique palette arrangement for painting stunning life-like translucent skin tones. Marvin will mix up all the colors he uses to paint the flesh tones in his realistic portraits. This palette can accommodate any type of complexion coloration, regardless of ethnicity, age or health. Though not necessary, it would be very helpful for students to have attended the previous nights lecture on color theory.

Everything I know about painting I learned at the Met with Marvin Mattelson
All Levels | Price: $25 | Min. 10/ Max. 25
ARTZ1185 | Sun. July 15, 2-5pm

Slide/power point lecture which will explain the historical precedents behind the teachings of Marvin Mattelson. He will analyze a number of portraits-both refined and painterly-from the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He will explain how each artist, while maintaining their own stylistic integrity, used the same thought process. He will also show examples of artists who lacked this type of strategic thinking and what the consequences were. Marvin will also discuss how he has been able to integrate this understanding into his portrait painting commissions.

Modeling Factors with Marvin Mattelson
All Levels | Price: $25 | Min. 10/ Max. 25
ARTZ1187 | Tues. July 17, 5:30-8pm

This lecture covers the transition of values which characterize the effects that light has on three-dimensional objects, from the deepest shadow accents through to the brightest highlights. Understanding these modeling factors and their interrelationships will allow you to visually represent solid form in a far more convincing way, regardless of your subject.

Promotion and Marketing with Marvin Mattelson
All Levels | Price: $25 | Min. 10/ Max. 25
ARTZ1186 | Thurs. July 19, 5:30-8pm

Marvin Mattelson will explain a very simple, logical and effective way to promote yourself in the world of portraiture. Topics covered will include portfolio set-up, cards, contracts, agents, galleries, shows, fees, establishing an online presence and strategies for getting your work out in the public eye. You have the option to bring your current portfolio, promotional materials and questions.

Hope to see y’all there!