Figure drawing sessions, Every Friday in 2022

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Join us at the Society of Figurative Arts in Carrollton, TX for the uninstructed life drawing sessions every Friday 10:30am – 1:30pm. Artists of all levels are welcome! Space is limited, so reserve your spot by signing up on our website.

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P.L.A.N. – A 2-DAY MENTLER METHODE WERKSTATT, March 5-6

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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Heads, Faces, and Features: A 4-Day Mentler Methode Werkstatt, February 17-20

One cannot successfully draw, paint, or sculpt the human head without thoroughly investigating the bony structure of the Skull. Then, further study of the Muscles of Mastication and Expression is required before Mastery can begin. Some mistakenly believe that working from observation reveals what lies beneath the surface. On the contrary, no master draughtsman has […]

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Figure, Function & Form: A 4-day MENTLER METHODe Werkstatt, January 20-23

Few enter a life drawing class with any fundamental understanding of the underlying structure of the human form. There are those that believe that working purely from observation will reveal all they need to know about what lies under the surface. Unfortunately, this misconception is a prescription for failure. No master draughtsman ever relied on […]

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What would leo do?

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CHAP. XX.—Of drawing Academy Figures. “WHEN you draw from a naked model, always sketch in the whole of the figure, suiting all the members well to each other; and though you finish only that part which appears the best, have a regard to the rest, that, whenever you make use of such studies, all the […]

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What is the point?

How To Sharpen Your Way To Dull Insipid Drawings. We realize the many venues spend a great deal of time showing novice practitioners how to sharpen their pencils and crayons to beautiful long fragile needle points. Sharp pencils have their place, but it is not the first order of business in learning to draw. Unfortunately, […]

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

In this 4-day workshop Michael Mentler will go over classical mediums and substrates used in Renaissance Bottegas’. Michael will also cover in-depth head construction using the proprietary CSI proportion system and the best Aspective views. Additionally, he’ll demonstrate the construction of the eyes, ears, mouth, and nose. Attendees will learn how to develop Sanguine Velatura’s; starting with dry media on linen panels and 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. Enroll today to attend this workshop on November 11-14, spaces are limited.

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

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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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