4-Day Workshop – DRAWING METHODS OF THE MASTERS, October 14-17, 2021

This four-day workshop, will cover the principles and practices of Master Draughtsman during the Renaissance, Baroque, and 18th Century. We will decode Da Vinci, demystify Durer, reveal Raphael, and unmask the methods of Michelangelo.
You will learn-how-to-learn to draw well-proportioned, well-constructed Drawings that contain the essence of Life.

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2-Day Workshop The Mentler Method PROPORTION

Building a successful drawing starts with having a well thought out plan. Michael Mentler’s Two-Day Hands-on Workshop on the C.S.I. Canon of Proportion provides a time tested blueprint for drawing the human form. Students will learn to build a human figure using unique proportion system developed and polished by Michael Mentler. This technique will allow students to capture human form without heavily relying on reference. During this two-day workshop Michael Mentler will lecture and demonstrate his technique in the mornings, and then students will practice drawing from live model in the afternoons. Critiques and helpful pointers will be provided per request during the practical portion of the workshop.

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One-Day Masterclass – The Art of the Start, June 26, 2021

The Language of Drawing Masterclass, cover image

Michael Mentler will conduct a one-day drawing masterclass in DFW area on the elements of the visual language. The class will cover the visual vocabulary — the five levels of Intent, technique of the mass conception of primary geometric forms, and the art of responsive drawing. Basically, we will go over everything one needs to start drawing in classical tradition. This masterclass is the foundation of Michael’s Life-Drawing, Figure Structure, and “Heads, Faces and Features” workshops. This class would be very helpful to beginners and intermediate students who wish to strengthen their fundamental knowledge.

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Durer&Detail

When one looks at Albrecht Durer’s works, particularly his drawings and engravings, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Albrecht never met a detail he did not like. His works are some of the best lessons in using hatching to describe form if one takes the time to dissect and analyze them. The master engravers, in […]

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DRAWING VS Craft

I INTENT First, one needs to understand that drawing is more than a craft; it is an integral part of the plastic arts. They need to understand what constitutes art and what does not. They need a strong overview and a game plan in order at achieve Mastery. They need to understand the Five Levels […]

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PROPORTION, ORDER AND HARMONY

Proportion, Order, and Harmony are the core of the success and vitality of any art form. This is true of all the Fine Arts, i.e., painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and poetry. All things out of proportion are devoid of harmony. Though the subject of proportion is often associated with the human form, it is much more than […]

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Gottfried Bammes: mentor extraordinaire

   Gottfried Bammes was born in 1920 in Freital, Germany. He would have suffered through WWII’s devastation, and it seems likely he would have served in the German Military. Regardless, he finished his education at the Dresden University of Technology (1957–1959), which would have been in his late 30s. Perhaps, he was in Russian prison […]

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inspirational Painters Series: Leon Bonnat

The inspirational painters series deals with painters who had a major influence on their students. These are painters and mentors who prized individual expression over technique. We judge these painters not so much on their output but on the mastery of their proteges. Leon Joseph Florentin Bonnat was one such Master Mentor. Leon Bonnat was born […]

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OBSERVATION VS. IMAGINATION

Magnolia, abstract painting in blues and pinks by Brian Rutenberg, header image

Drawing, like all things in life, is not a choice of absolutes; various factions within the art community would have one believe the exact opposite. Their entire premise is that for something to be right, its counterpart must be evil. This stilted fundamentalist philosophy is not only unuseful; it is detrimental to the creative process. […]

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