4-Day Drawing into painting Workshop: Heads, Faces, and Features

The Society of Figurative Art presents ‘The Methods of the Masters’


DATE: 11 November to 14 November, 2021
TIME: Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: The Society of Figurative Arts Studio
LOCATION: 3306 Wiley Post, Suite 104, Carrollton, Texas, 75006
FEE: $685

The mandatory drawing skill-sets apprentices mastered in the Bottegas’ (workshops) of the high-Renaissance were charcoal, sanguine chalk, and pen and ink.

Michael will give and in-depth discussion of these mediums and the substrates used by the great Masters of the Renaissance Bottegas’.

By far, the most beautiful of the three mediums is Sanguine Red Chalk. Leonardo seems to have been the first to embrace red chalk for studies in the years he worked on the Last Supper. Michelangelo produced beautiful Sanguine chalk drawing in preparation for the Sistine Ceiling. Raphael, Del Sarto, Pontormo, Parmigianino, and the vast majority of Renaissance and Baroque Masters used this Blood Red Iron Oxide Chalk. It continued to be the most popular drawing medium in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

There will be a tour-de-force visual presentation of the history of these Mediums and its foremost practitioners. After which, Michael will demonstrate how to develop head studies on toned paper using these time-honored materials.

Scull study by Michael Mentler

Michael will also cover head construction in-depth using the proprietary CSI proportion system and the best Aspective views.

Separate demonstrations will detail the construction of the eyes, ears, mouth, and nose.

Portrait by Michael Mentler in Velatura technique.

Attendees will learn how to develop Sanguine Velatura’s starting with dry media on linen panels transforming drawings into paintings seamlessly.

This workshop goes beyond drawing what one sees by revealing what to look for and sets forth the needed skill-sets to proceed on one’s path to mastery.

Basic materials needed for this workshop will be provided.

About Instructor

As a master painter, sculptor, draughtsman, designer, photographer and author Michael Mentler’s creative journey has covered a polymathic array of artistic endeavors. Born in the small mid-western town of Jacksonville, Illinois Michael’s visual sensibilities were observed and nurtured at an early age. Later, he was mentored by Howard Sidman, which led to his first solo show at the age of fourteen. Michael continued his formal education at Layton School of Art in Milwaukee and Washington University in Saint Louis, where he became a protégé of Barry Schactman and Werner Drewes.

Along with winning over a hundred awards, including ‘Best of Show’ and ‘Gold Medals’ from some of the most distinguished juried venues, Michael works are included in many private collections, including the Pulitzer, the Mead Library, and the Dallas Museum of Art.

He is Founder and Director of The Society of Figurative Arts, where he mentors select Apprentices. His work has appeared in publications such as; American Artist, American Artist Drawing, American Artist Workshop, Graphis, Communication Arts, and numerous others.
The Book of Bones, which he authored, is in art school libraries throughout the world.

“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 –

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