Oil Portrait Painting Workshop with Marvin Mattelson

Realistic Portrait Painting in Oil
11 Day Workshop

Location: School of Visual Arts, New York City
August 3-14, 2015 No class Sunday, August 9

Award Winning Portrait of Edward Cardinal Egan Dayna: Recent In-class Demo

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

Workshop Purpose
The goal of this workshop is to teach you both the strategic thinking and techniques that great master artists have utilized for centuries. You'll learn exactly what it takes to paint life-like illusionistic portraits and how to incorporate these methods into your own personal approach and style.

Award winning classical realist oil portrait artist, Marvin Mattelson will be conducting this workshop for artists who long to elevate their painting skills. He provides an opportunity for artists of all levels and styles to benefit from his thirty plus years of experience, both as a professional artist and as an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

He believes that the way painting is taught today limits all but the most precociously talented and clever from succeeding. If they paint well it's in spite of their methods, not because of them. Unfortunately, many artists with great potential are thwarted because they are not provided with the proper understanding and training.

Marvin has therefore created a refreshingly logical and clear strategy for all artists who want to improve the quality of their work.

Workshop Specifics
Marvin's approach to portraiture is based on the idea that creating an illusionistically real painting requires far more than merely copying what lies before you. It requires the ability to understand and then purposefully modify what you see.

While working from live models Marvin will show you how to enhance the illusion of three dimensional reality on a two dimensional surface.

Sound strategies for getting a good likeness, modeling and turning the form, as well as finding an efficient and repeatable way to mix the subtle nuanced colors of life will be addressed in great depth.

The juxtaposition of objective observation and subjective interpretation are the keys to mastering a truly classical realist approach to painting.

Marvin feels the most effective way of teaching is by demonstrating and explaining each and every step of his methodology. He will spend approximately one half of the workshop sessions demonstrating the following:

• Transparent under painting technique.
• How to achieve accurate drawing and values.
• Preparation and use of the Mattelson Flesh Palette.
• Scumbling and wet-into-wet paint handling

Marvin will work one on one with each of his students during the class sessions when he's not demonstrating.

Daily Class Schedule
9:00 am -12:30 p.m....morning painting session/demo
12:30 p.m. -1:30 p.m....lunch
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.....afternoon painting session/demo

There are no classes scheduled for August 9.

Special Field Trip * Saturday August 8
During the workshop Marvin will take his students to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art where they will have the unique opportunity to closely examine some of the greatest paintings ever created. Marvin will analyze and meticulously break down these masterpieces while elaborating on how they inspired him to formulate his unique approach.

This tour will include paintings by Rembrandt, Ingres, Raeburn, Bouguereau, Lawrence, and Paxton. Studying these works, in conjunction with this workshop, will forever alter the way you look and think about painting.

Workshop Fees & Registration
Realistic Portrait Painting FIC-2219-CE
Tuition: $1800
Click here to register online for Marvin Mattelson's realistic portrait painting workshop.

This class may also be taken for undergraduate credit.
Realistic Portrait Painting FID-2219-CE
Tuition for undergraduate credit: $2300.
Please call the Registrar's Office (212) 592.2200 for additional information or to register.

For further information con
tact the Department of Continuing Education at the School of Visual Arts at 212-592-2050 or email them at ce@sva.edu

Register now!.

Links to learn more about the program

Click on the following links to learn more about Marvin Mattelson, see some of his commissioned portraits, check out several of his workshop demonstrations, and look at his students' workshop paintings.

You can also read additional feedback from participants of Marvin's workshops and classes.

You can find out more about Marvin's unique point of view regarding art education, read his teaching philosophy and his thoughts regarding the painting process. You can also view his current teaching schedule for other workshop & class locations.

Who is Marvin Mattelson?

Marvin Mattelson is an multi award winning portrait artist whose paintings hang in collections worldwide, including both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery.

Marvin has been teaching at SVA for over 35 years and his former students have achieved both critical and financial success in all arenas of fine and commercial art worlds.

Student Testimonials

So few people have the ability to operate at the level you do artistically, but even fewer have the skills and desire to teach others how it's done. You took what you learned about us as individuals and you developed custom, innovative teaching methods using them to push each of us to new levels. You understand how people learn and seem to genuinely thrive off of your students' progress. Selfless with your wealth of knowledge, you jumped at any opportunity to share what you know with your students. After only six days, every one of us walked away with more knowledge than we could have ever hoped to achieve in that timeframe and for that amount of money.

This workshop was, without a doubt, the best investment I've ever made in the development of my skills as an artist. I cannot thank you enough for everything you taught me this week, Marvin. You are a spectacular teacher and person, and I will be counting down the days until I can study with you again.
Mary Beth Lumley

I'm so pleased with everything that you taught me. It works so beautifully. I can't thank you enough. I'm totally jealous of all the people who got to put up with you for however many days it was in Santa Fe. I hope they appreciated your incredible genius, and strange sense of humor. I do.
Elsie Hammerlich

Marvin teaches a system of oil painting that is not only ideal for portraits but is readily adaptable to any subject. His complete explanations during demonstrations reveal his years of experience as a university art professor. Class time was well-planned with demos followed by adequate time to implement the principles and techniques.
Parrish Hirasaki

In my 20 years of painting & education, I have never had such a comprehensive & informative class. I now understand why I am doing what I'm doing. The great thing about Marvin's class is that he can teach a beginner all the way to the seasoned artist in the same class. I have never had such a fabulous teacher!!!
Claire Bradford

Wow, it took me till today to 'come down' from the high I was experiencing from last week! When I show people the before and after portraits they have all gasped in amazement that so much could be accomplished in such a short amount of time.

I feel like my brain was a dry sponge, and now it's filled with the knowledge you gave me of how to do a truly lifelike portrait. Your color palette is amazing. I can't imagine ever using any other colors!!

Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience, and I truly enjoyed meeting you! Your dry wit kept me cracked up all week long. I hope I can participate again in the future.
Susan Carter

Marvin’s principles were refreshingly objective, and could be easily pieced together to form a larger whole. It soon became clear that his instruction would be the cornerstone of my painting education.

The beauty of Marvin’s teachings is that he never lets his own individual propensities overshadow his objective understanding of light, color, and form. By learning to depict earth’s natural forms as convincingly as possible on the two-dimensional canvas, one thereby acquires an entire visual language with which to communicate.

Marvin’s guidance has freed me. Without it, I may very well have been faced with decades of pursuing and assembling the technical knowledge that Marvin commands. He has provided me with firm ground upon which I may walk my own path, and for this I will always be grateful.
Joseph Daily
Best of Show Award & People's Choice Award Winner, Portrait Society of America 2005

Link to additional student feedback.

No motion capture or audio recording is allowed during the workshop or lectures!
Film and/or digital still cameras are permitted.

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