THE PLUMMET OF TRADITION

Sight-size and the Bargue debacle do not align with the main-stream of traditional artistic practices. There is an inherent danger that over absorption in this kind of academic study neglects the development of the students’ intuitive, creative abilities. It is the possession of said abilities, which will enable them to become an artist. IMITATION is […]

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THE SOCIETY OF FIGURATIVE ARTS

As the name implies, Figurative Art is our main focus and has been for decades. The Society was created to provide fundamental skill-sets, aesthetic sensibilities, professional practices, and materials expertise to those individuals in pursuit of multiple creative endeavors. TSoFA focuses on individual creative potential and provides pathways to help them achieve it. We serve […]

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G.R.A.V.I.T.Y. (Gestalt)

In figure drawing, GRAVITY and weight are the universal forces that control our sense of balance, rhythm, and harmony. Every living thing in the universe is in constant movement. That movement has one thing as a central theme–the force/line of gravity. How the body reacts to this force is what we are trying to capture. […]

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MUNICH SCHOOL LINEAGE

FRENCH ACADEMIES Chronicles of information are available about the French Academies from 1850 to the early part of the next century. They provided us an array of notable painters and educators: Willian Macgregor Paxton, John Henry Vanderpoel, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, George Bridgman, Kenyon Cox, Frank Vincent Dumond, to name a few. MUNICH SCHOOLIt […]

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FIGURE CONSTRUCTION

More commonly referred to as ANATOMY or ARTISTIC ANATOMY is not just important; it is essential. If your mentor tells you, there is no need to know anatomy, or that it will get in the way, start looking for a new mentor. The only reason they would tell you that is because they know very […]

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT PATH

Firstly one must decide if the objective is to create or imitate; Creativity is a singular lonely activity as opposed to the more comfortable arena of imitative conformity. Homo sapiens are all born with tribal instincts, what differentiates us is the size of the tribe we feel comfortable in, and the objectives of that tribe. […]

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Life drawing session

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Join us at the Society of Figurative Arts for the next life drawing session with Michael Mentler on July 19th, 10:30am – 2:00pm. Space is limited, reserve your spot via phone/text or e-mail.

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G.(R.)A.V.I.T.Y. Rhythms

In 1349 a group of Florentine artists formed a society for the study of the chemistry of colors, the mathematics of composition, etc., and that among these studies was the science of motion. Rhythm has been the movement of the Universe since time begin. There is rhythm in the movement of the sea and tides […]

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G.R.A.V.(I.)T.Y. INCIDENTS

INCIDENTS along the boundary of the enclosure let the draughtsman know something structurally significant has occurred. An INCIDENT is taking place that requires a determination from the draughtsman as to its cause. These Incidents result from Intersections, Interlocks, Insertions, Intervals or a combination thereof. They need to be understood by the draftsman; they describe how […]

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PAINTERS HISTORY OVERLOOKED

The layman is often baffled that some of the painters they most admire seem to have fallen through the cracks of history. It is beyond their comprehension that painters who could paint so realistically could so easily be dismissed. They are agas when they also learn that if any of these ‘stalwarts’ made it to […]

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