The Portrait in Watercolor with Mario Robinson


Thursday - Sunday, June 11 - 14, 2020

Video clip Meet Mario See images

Mario Robinson is nationally known 

for his beautiful and sensitive watercolor 

figure and portrait work.

Look him up and join us!


$640 for the full four day workshop.

Includes model fees. 

Workshop Description

  • The Portrait in Watercolor  will focus on painting from the live model.
  • Students will execute a detailed drawing of the model and will learn how to employ a monochromatic block-in to properly identify the values of the subject. 
  • The class will culminate with a full application of color, using thin glazes of color. 
  • The objective of the workshop is to demonstrate how a methodical approach increases the depth and sense of realism in watercolor paintings. 
  • The instructor will demonstrate each day and provide personal instruction throughout the day

Class size limited to 12.

More about the Instructor

The work of Mario Andres Robinson fits squarely within the tradition of American painting. Robinson’s finished works bear a close affinity to the masters of the realist tradition, Andrew Wyeth and Thomas Eakins. Containing few references to modern life, Robinson’s work has a timeless and universal quality, and exhibits a distinct turn-of-the-century stylistic aesthetic. The images he chooses, which refer to a bygone era where solitude and reflection were abundant, also provoke frequent allusions to the paintings of Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper.

Beginning in 1994, Robinson’s work began to extensively incorporate rural subjects primarily located in the state of Alabama. Each subject is very personal for the artist in both selection and execution. As the work progresses, his relationship with the sitter develops and a uniquely personal story begins to evolve. Robinson frequently depicts subjects framed within the context of their daily lives. The underlying narrative counters sentimentality and serves as the underpinning for his figurative images.

Robinson is the author of Lessons in Realistic Watercolor (Monacelli Press), distributed by Penguin Random House.

Mario Andres Robinson is an Exhibiting Artist Member (EAM) of The National Arts Club, an Artist Member of The Salmagundi Club and a Signature Member of The Pastel Society of America. His work has been featured several times in The Artist’s Magazine, The Pastel Journal, Watercolor Magic, American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur and on the cover of American Artist magazine. In the February, 2006 issue of The Artist’s Magazine, Mario was selected as one of the top 20 realist artists under the age of 40. Robinson’s work is widely collected by private and public collectors.

Materials List

Winsor & Newton tube watercolors:
Burnt umber
French ultramarine blue
Prussian blue
Cadmium red
Opera rose
Permanent rose
Cadmium yellow
Yellow ochre
Raw sienna
Payne’s grey
Sepia neutral tint
Cerulean blue
Cobalt blue
Burnt sienna
Indanthrene blue

Winsor & Newton Series 7 Pure Sable  Sizes 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 12, 14
Winsor & Newton One Stroke Sable ¾” Flat

Winsor & Newton  300 lb. cold pressed pre-stretched or in a block

Plastic palette Muffin pans for large amounts of water
Spray bottle
Brush specifically for mixing colors
Paper towels
1” artist’s tape
Graphite pencil (6H or 9H)
Kneaded eraser
Scrap paper for testing color
Hat or visor is recommended

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