Figure, Function, and Form Drawing and Painting MasterClass Mentored by Michael Mentler

Date: June, 8th-12th (Sat.-Wed.)
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Place: The Society of Figurative Arts
3306 Wiley Post, Carrollton, Tx. 75006
Cost: $585

All easels, academy benches, and materials will be provided by TSofA. Unless you have something you work with that you can’t live without we have you covered.

We will learn from Leonardo, define Durer, reveal Raphael, and demystify Michelangelo.

Message/Phone: 972-679-1625

Bring a small sketchbook because there will be a lot that of information you will want to notate.

Memorizing Latin names and drawing each muscle is not nearly as important as understanding how the body functions. The secret to mastering the structure of the human machine is not about memorizing parts it is about knowing how those parts work as a whole, their function and from and how they relate and articulate with each other.

Day One: We will examine the building blocks and the underlying architectonic armature of the body, as in the pillars of the legs the arch of the foot, and the dome of the skull. You will learn how to see and analyze the pose not just copy it. The all-important relationship of the ribcage to the pelvis and their attachment to the spine will be examined in detail.
The bony landmarks and Michael’s Canon of proportion will also be briefly reviewed.
( 5:00 – Wine and Hors d’oeuvres)

Day Two: We will identify major muscle groups by their function, origin and insertion points.
Michael will demonstrate how these components of the human machine articulate with each other by wedging together like gears to operate the next group.
(5:00 – Wine and Hors d’oeuvres)

• Day Three: Will concentrate on pulling all the information together and making it an integral part of your creative process. We all have different temperaments and will gravitate with what resonates with us. The purpose here is learning to draw and paint not learning to draw and paint the same.
(5:30 – Happy-hour from 5:30 to 7:00 at Ron’s or Table 13)

Underlying the focus on structural information will be a concentration on how drawing and painting can be part of the same process with seamless transition.

• Day Four: will be primarily devoted to historic and some not so historical approaches to the painting process which treat drawing and painting as one and the same.

Mentler Contrapposto Torso Workshop, example work 01

• Day Five: Will be a review of the information covered in the first four days. Have a group lunch out at a fabulous restaurant TBD, and draw/paint from the model in the afternoon.

You will be given the step-by-step plan used by the world greatest masters for over six centuries. The focus will be on the gesture of the gestalt, rhythms and relationships, alignments and articulations, volumes and values, interlocks and intersections, tilts, twists, and turns, and the dynamic symmetry of the human machine.

The vital aspect of our approach is that he teaches one HOW to learn.

You will be given a clear pathway for acquiring the knowledge needed to understand the practical aspects of the human form. This will be a hands-on learning experience utilizing your current skill-sets and adding to your knowledge vault. There will be a great deal of useful information for the serious amateur and professional alike. No two people are alike and no two people should be expected to draw and paint alike. Our concentration in on the individual and not on rendering in a specific manner or mastering a certain technique. Sight-size copying certainly has its place in the learning process, and it is a rite of passage to the advancement of one’s skill sets. It should, however, never be confused with drawing or painting. The inFORMation Michael provides will help you find your own path and eventually your own destination. 

“Michael’s sketchbooks are masterpieces, he is a modern day Leonardo.” – Richard Schmid –

“Richard’s Right.” – Dan McCaw –

“Michael’s intense study of the teachings and works of Bridgman and Robert Beverly Hale make him a natural progression of that linage with the added twist of his own dynamic personal style.” – David Kassan –


Full payment for the five-day Figure, Function, and Form masterclass

Credit cards accepted. Check or cash preferred.


Deposit for the five-day Figure, Function, and Form masterclass

Reserve your spot and pay the rest in person during the workshop. Credit cards accepted. Check or cash preferred.


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