Online Portrait Art Classes, Workshops & Mentoring

Classical Realism Portrait Painting & Drawing Courses

...One of the greatest teachers ever. Marvin Mattelson changes the lives of anyone paying attention. I know I wouldn't be half the painter I am without his guidance.

- Dorian Vallejo
Online Portrait Painting Class with Marvin Mattelson
Oil Portrait Class
11 Saturdays
January 14, 2023
Online Portrait Painting Workshop with Marvin Mattelson
Private Mentoring
& Coaching
Available Now
Alla Prima Painting Classwith Marvin Mattelson
Alla Prima Portrait
6 Saturdays
Next Class Spring 2023
Online Portrait Drawing Demo by Marvin Mattelson
Portrait Drawing Class
6 Saturdays
Next Class - Summer 2023
Online Portrait Drawing Workshop with Marvin Mattelson
Portrait Drawing
6 Day Workshop
Next Workshop-July 2023
Online Portrait Painting Workshop with Marvin Mattelson
Oil Portrait
11 Day Workshop
Next Workshop-August 2023

Welcome to the Online Fine Art Portrait Academy where the goal is to create art that appears more real than reality. Marvin Mattelson utilizes the latest in video streaming technology, to go far beyond the limitations of a typical classroom setting in his online portrait art classes, workshops & mentoring sessions.

To be a great artist, first you need to think like one. Marvin's teaching is based on his first hand analysis of classical paintings in both museums and auction houses. He discovered that all the artists he most admired employed the same exact strategic thinking, thus enabling them to bring their art to life. As Michelangelo noted, “An artist paints with his brain; not with his hand.” This emphasis is what makes Marvin Mattelson's teaching so unique – it’s a deep dive into the time-honored principles which have informed history's greatest realist and classical painters.

Notice: Due to unforeseen circumstances surrounding my recent move to a new home/sudio space, I had to revamp my entire teaching schedule. The portrait drawing class will now begin on November 5, 2022 and the portrait painting class will start on January 14, 2023. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

You can read more about his teaching philosophy, as well as feedback and comments from numerous past students. Forced, by the global pandemic, to switch his teaching from traditional in-class to online learning, he quickly discovered that this new technology, enabled him, to not only replicate his innovative approach to educating artists of all levels, but it actually enhanced his ability to present the information far more effectively. You can learn about his hi-tech state of the art digital learning classroom here. Now, artists from around the globe can benefit from his teaching with a front row seat.

In order to best accommodate his students' busy schedules, Marvin offers his content in both once-a-week classes, as well as in one or two week-long workshops. Weekly classes give you the time to fully digest and apply what you've learned during the intervening days. Workshops offer a more intense experience by building upon the momentum from the previous day's class. Both are highly effective.

For artists of all levels who wish to keep expanding the scope and quality of their work, Marvin Mattelson also offers the opportunity to share in his expertise and analytical insights through one-to-one coaching and mentoring sessions. Here he can address specific problematic issues you may be having, or conversely, he can take a broader view and suggest how to enhance and expand upon both your portfolio and direction.