The Aesthetics of Anatomy

We often encounter naysayers when it comes to the importance of anatomy for the artist. This is common advice from the mimesis minions. At face value, it is easy to scare the novice into believing that knowledge of anatomy will hurt their drawings. It appears far to medical, to complicated, and to Latin. To aide […]

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MASTERPLAN FIGURE DRAWING WORKSHOP IN SAN ANTONIO

DATE: 2/7/2020 – 2/9/2020  COST: $425.00 LOCATION:  The Coppini Academy115 Melrose PlaceSan Antonio, Texas 78212United States CONTACT INFO: 210-530-8445 Building a successful drawing starts with having a clear blueprint. This step-by-step P.L.A.N. has been used by the world’s greatest Masters for over six centuries.  Michael will provide attendees with a MASTERPLAN BLUEPRINT FOR DRAWING THE HUMAN FIGURE. […]

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RAPHAEL PARIS CLASSIC BRUSHES

TSoFA has been examining the characteristics of hog bristle brushes for the professional oil painter. These tests have taken several weeks, here are the observations. The top manufacturers of professional-grade hog bristle brushes, in no particular order, are Escoda, Raphael, Isabey, and Da Vinci. We have included other manufacturers in the past, but recent acquisitions […]

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DISEGNO

The Society of Figurative Arts uses the word Disegno to refer to both Designing and Drawing much as the Renaissance Italians did. They recognized Drawing as classical design, a position we share. The system of Disegno used by Leonardo and discovered in the writings of Vitruvius 80-70 BC (The first Roman Architect) lead to Leonardo’s […]

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RIGHT SIDE – WRONG HEADED

The word brain was left off intentionally because this book cuts ones brain out of the equation. The premise of Ms. Edwards notorious little book is that the Right-Side of our brain is not cluttered up with analytical, reasoning, decision-making functions, i.e., the thinking, creative stuff like the left-side is. (Never mind that the science […]

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R.(U.)D.I.M.E.N.T.S.

(U)NDERSTAND As opposed to popular belief, the master draughtsman doesn’t copy what they see; they capture the gestalt, the simplest known visual aspects of the subject at hand.  Drawing/design is, at its core, a creative decision-making process. The first task is to identify and quantify the model’s visual aspects, followed by a determination of which […]

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Introductory Class: Rudimentary Essentials of Drawing and Design.

The nine-session introduction to Renaissance drawing systems begins on Friday, September, 6th. 10:00am to 11:00am. This program will consist of intensive one-hour demonstrations with anecdotes and critiques. Attendees will be given hand-outs, follow-up exercises and reading suggestions. The groups will be small for these classes, please reserve your spot ahead of time.

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RUDIMENTS OF DRAWING & DESIGN

Rudimenti di disegno Why the Italian subtitle? These fundamental design principles were rediscovered and further developed during the Italian Renaissance. Most of these systems pre-date the Renaissance, but for us, it is our most tangible historical resource. What exactly are Rudiments? Rudiments are the fundamentals, the building blocks, the essential elements, the founding principles of […]

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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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