Mario Robinson Workshop

Instructor: Mario Robinson
Medium: Watercolor
Dates: May 25-27, 2020 (M–W)
Class times: 9am–4pm
Tuition: $550 (plus model fee)
Class Size: 16 students (Two Models)
Level: Artists and art students; open to all levels of experience.

This workshop will focus on painting a portrait using watercolor. The model will maintain the same pose for two days. If weather permits, the class will explore nature and paint a landscape en plein air on the third day.

Students will execute a detailed drawing and learn how to employ a monochromatic block-in to properly identify the values of the painting. The class will culminate with a full application of color, using thin glazes of watercolor. The objective of the workshop is to demonstrate how a methodical approach increases the depth and sense of realism in watercolor paintings.

Robinson’s work has been strongly influenced by artistic icons specifically known for their expertise and groundbreaking approach to brushwork and awareness of light. These artists include Andrew Wyeth, Thomas Eakins, Edward Hopper, and John Singer Sargent. His work is primarily autobiographical, as he depicts the people and settings pertinent to his life from truthful paintings of the rural south, to ethereal landscapes of his oceanic home. Robinson studied at the prestigious Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.