The Last Marvin Mattelson Portrait Artist Workshop Ever

At Least According to the Mayan Calendar!

What a chilling thought! This is my final workshop for 2012, so if the Mayans turn out to be right, and the world goes poof on 12/21/12, you’re out of luck. You’ll never get to experience a demo like the one above of Karen–painted at last year’s New Your City portrait workshop. However, if taking a portrait workshop with Marvin Mattelson is on your bucket list, now obviously would be a most fortuitous time. In the event the Mayans blew it and the world keeps on keepin’ on, you’ll still be so much better equipped to deal with the rigors of painting portraits. Denise Brown Norton, a participant in the recently completed Atlanta Portrait Artist Workshop had the following to say:

Wow, another great day of learning! As sad as I will be to see our two week workshop end, I will be leaving more prepared and equipped to “face” the canvas’ awaiting me at home. It has been the most EXCELLENT workshop! Thank you, Marvin Mattelson, the teacher of all teachers, with patience and generosity of a saint! It FINALLY all makes sense…after so many years of mis-learning, you have given me the greatest gift-the truth!

What Denise discovered was that in order to transform her abilities first she had to transform the way she thinks about painting. It’s not about some magic medium, nor is it about digesting a litany of rules and formulas. If you believe that there is an artist residing inside of you, one who just can’t seem to break out, consider taking my Portrait Artist Workshop at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. The dates are August 6-17. This workshop also includes a guided trip through the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the mindset that is common to all great realist painters will be revealed. Click here for more information about the workshop and links to register. There is still some room and I hope to see you there.

Until next time…


  1. Debby Waldron says

    It’s not nice to frighten someone at this hour of the night! I am not ready to face canvases without more workshops/classes and while I can’t make August’s workshop I do have high hopes for another semester .. and would like to think that there’s always another summer.

  2. Marcia Gorra-Patek says

    Last year’s 2 week portrait in oils workshop with Marvin Mattelson at the School of Visual Arts in NYC was certainly one of the highlights of my ongoing 30+ year art education. I really loved every minute of it. Meeting the other students, many from all over the world, touring the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Marvin’s insights to open our eyes, Marvin’s generous and gifted teaching, demonstrations and lectures, and the buzz of NYC all charged me up for a challenging year of teaching and painting. I only wish it was possible to join you again this year, but alas. I plan to try to make it another time. Thanks for the blog posts, they will be helpful to my students, too.

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