Next month at SVA in New York City I will be leading my annual portrait drawing workshop. It’s a five-day workshop.
I’ll be teaching Realistic Portrait and Figure Painting on Fridays and Realistic Portrait Painting on Saturdays at SVA.
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. -Leonardo da Vinci
In addition to her outrageous talent, Jocelyn Henry one of my all-time favorite people, down-to-earth, clear about her convictions and smart as a whip!
My former student, Mary Beth Lumley, sent to me the following after taking my drawing workshop. I've also enclosed some images of her exquisite drawing.
The purpose of my teaching is to transform and empower my students to be the best possible version of themselves. Here are some examples from this past fall 2016 semester.
Despite running her family’s business and attending to her many familial responsibilities, Carole somehow manages to squeeze in my CE painting class each week.
I will be leading a portrait drawing workshop at the School of Visual Arts here in the heart of New York City.
To this day, when a student takes anything I’ve told them and manifests it in a constructive way, I get a tremendous sense of satisfaction.
A lot of artists seem to feel that they will somehow magically figure it out all on their own. I know I did. Problem is, you can't get there from here!
I recently received an email, from my student Renee Finkelstein. In it was an image of her latest painting, the beautiful self portrait I've posted here.
I'm teaching two continuing education classes this fall. Rather than me harping on why you would greatly benefit from studying with me I thought I'd have one of my students share her experience.
I believe that my teaching methodology facilitated both students because my approach to teaching painting is based on aligning one's mind to the mindset of great painters,
My workshops are hugely different; they're about transformation. My goal to change the way my students look at the world and think about making art.
Oil Figure & Portrait Painting Continuing Education Classes. begin this week.
Look outside yourself to expand your capabilities. This where a good teacher comes in.
A large number of my students keep coming back because they experience incredible progress in their artistic development.
I’ve been very busy lately finishing up my summer workshops, and trying to get everything ready for the fall semester,so I’ve had to put my fledgling career as a blogger on temporary hold.
I always tell my students, “Portrait painting isn’t brain surgery, it’s much more difficult.” Not that learning to be a portrait artist isn’t a terribly daunting task.
Today I experienced an epiphany. Simplicity is a function of clarity. The perfect way to camouflage not knowing, is to obfuscate your explanation.
I'll be returning to lead a two-week workshop in Atlanta. 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.
Marvin Mattelson is an award winning portrait artist and educator with over 40 years experience as a professional artist as well as a member of the faculty at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Marvin teaches virtual painting classes to students around the globe. You can read Marvin's biography, commission him to paint your portrait, find out more about his teaching or start a dialog by contacting him directly.