Watercolor Portraits with Mario A. Robinson

Live Workshop. Saturday, Sep 17, 9am PT

Doors close Fri, Sep 16, 5pm PT

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Watercolor Portraits with Mario A. Robinson



What could be more beautiful, more timeless than a glowing watercolor portrait?

But how do you capture the skin, the eyes, the light, the expression?

We are so lucky to have Mario A. Robinson to show us how — in this special, 4-hour online workshop at Sketchbook Skool.

An award-winning artist and teacher, Mario works in the tradition of American painters like Andrew Wyeth, Thomas Eakins, and John Singer Sargent. But he simplifies the process with unconventional techniques that yield intensity, spontaneity, and beauty.

In this special event, Mario will demonstrate every step of his process. Then he’ll answer your questions — live.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Establish values
  • Premix colors
  • Lay down a monochromatic block-in
  • Glaze pure layers of color
  • And embrace watercolor’s unpredictability.

    If you’ve always wanted to see how the greats do what they do — and would love to learn to do it yourself — you don’t want to miss this this very special workshop.

    Reserve your seat today. Then plan to watch the recording over and over.

    For all levels:
    Inspiring, concise, and practical, Mario will give watercolorists of every skill level—from beginner to advanced to professional—encouraging advice and the must-have materials and techniques information they need to take their realistic painting to the next level.

    What’s Included:
  • Live Event: Sep 17, 9am-1pm PT. Demos, live discussion, and Q&A.
  • Advance Demos: Get instant access to supply and prep demos so you’re ready to join live. Videos will appear in your course library immediate after purchase.
  • Full Recording: Revisit the workshop and demos whenever you like!
  • Jill S, Boston, MA

    “The Sketchbook Skool workshops are exciting and motivating, and I always learn new techniques. I love the mix of live and recorded sections, and I enjoy being able to rewatch the workshop at a later date.”

    Susan MacLeod
    Susan M, Halifax, CA

    “Sketchbook Skool helped me get over my fear of being judged. It helped me take a deep breath and just do it.”

    Brenda G, Waco, TX

    “I’ve taken several Sketchbook Skool workshops and all of them have been thorough, easy to follow, and most importantly fun!  I highly recommend Sketchbook Skool workshops as ways to invigorate and expand your creativity and art making.”


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    Topics included


    Initial sketch








    Adding color

    Instructor Art

    About the Instructor

    Mario A. 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.

    Watercolor Portraits with Mario A. Robinson

    Watercolor Portraits with Mario A. Robinson