Marvin Mattelson lays down his palette and uses his words

So You Think You Can Draw?

May 31, 2012
Drawing detail by Marvin Mattelson

Drawing your own conclusions

Drawing includes everything except the tinting of the picture.

Who said that?  Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

I can draw pretty well, but I don't really know how to paint.

Who said that? The vast majority of people who inquire about taking a portrait painting class with me.

I teach four painting classes each fall and each spring. Every summer I schedule three portrait painting workshops. People come to me to learn painting based on their familiarity with my work as a portrait artist.

Thanks to my teaching methodology my students make incredible progress, but, when a student is having a problem with their painting, it's the drawing that's invariably at fault. So each summer, because I feel it's so important, I dedicate one week to lead a portrait drawing workshop at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

This year I've scheduled a classical portrait drawing workshop to run from Monday, June 25 through Friday June 29.  In every class I teach, everything is fully demonstrated and thoroughly explained. The above drawing is a detail of my workshop demonstration drawing.

What gets covered in the workshop? In Ingres' words, "To draw does not mean only to reproduce an outline, drawing does not consist only of line; drawing is more than this, it is expression, it is the inner form, the structure, the modelling. After that what is left?

Drawing includes seven-eighths of what constitutes painting." Need I say more. If you want to find out more, check out my teaching page.

Marvin Mattelson is now conducting his classes and workshops online in Full HD 1080p through his Fine Art Portrait Academy. For further information, or to register for an upcoming offering, please follow this link to his teaching page.

Until next time…

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