Painting a Portrait in Watercolour

July 1 - 5

Painting a Portrait in Watercolour

WEEK TWO (5-day): July 1 – 5, 2019    Courses run 9 am  – 4 pm daily and students are welcome to stay late in their studio. 

Painting a Portrait in Watercolour

The unpredictable nature of water can be daunting; however, the unbridled freedom can be the medium’s greatest asset. With a focus on painting a realistic portrait in watercolour, this class will simplify each stage of the process by employing techniques that offer students more control of the medium. Students will learn the importance of an accurate drawing, prior to the painting stage. Working over a detailed drawing allows artists to control the outcome of the final painting.  The monochromatic block-in is instrumental in controlling the proper values in the portrait. This neutral layer of colour sets the stage for the subsequent layers of full colour. Thin glazes of colour are applied over the neutral layer and the result is a portrait with heightened realism. The instructor will give demonstrations each day and offer individual critiques.  

All levels welcome, but previous drawing experience is requested.

  • STUDENT SUPPLY LIST (Click HERE): All students are responsible for bringing their own supplies.
  • COURSE FEE: $781 (includes $681 tuition plus $100 for 5 days/modeling fee)

Tuition cost includes daily lunch and snacks. Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars and are inclusive of all applicable taxes. An accommodation package, which includes breakfast and dinner is available separately. Click here for further details.

Mario Andres Robinson

Mario Andres Robinson was born in Altus, Oklahoma, where he resided with his family before relocating to New Jersey at the age of twelve. Robinson studied at the prestigious Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. In 2014, Robinson was chosen to be a Brand Ambassador for Winsor and Newton art materials. He is the author of “Lessons in Realistic Watercolor,” a comprehensive guide of the artist’s watercolor techniques (Monacelli Press).

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. 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 is represented by Arcadia Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA.


Workshops will not run until sufficient enrollment has been met. 
UPDATE: This workshop has met the required number of registrants and will be running.

Classes are open to students at least 19 years of age at the start of their registered workshop


Refunds will be issued within 30 days of confirmed receipt of MISSA’s online withdrawal form and will be processed through PayPal.

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BEFORE April 15: for each course withdrawal, a refund inclusive of tuition and any applicable supply fee will be issued, minus a $50 admin fee.

AFTER April 15: for each course withdrawal, a tuition credit for MISSA 2020 will be issued, minus a $50 admin fee. Any applicable supply fee will be refunded. As a courtesy, a full refund will be issued if withdrawal application is received within 48 hours of an initial purchase (up until June 7, 2019).

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, a full refund (tuition, supply fee and accommodation) will be issued. Transferring into another workshop is a possibility. On-Campus accommodations can be canceled at any time prior to arrival and will be refunded within 30 days after receipt of the cancellation form.