ARCHITECTONIC DISEGNO

The apprentice’s advancement requires a careful study of figure structure, as elucidated by Richer, Bridgman, and Hale, familiarizing themselves with the bony structure of the skeleton, and the location, origin, insertion, and function of the muscles. FIGURE STRUCTURE Architectonic Disengno The Architectural Design and Structure of the Human Form The skeletal system is compliant with […]

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THE FOUR ELEMENTS OF MASS CONCEPTION

THE FOUR ELEMENTS OF MASS CONCEPTION The elements of mass conception are; the Idea or concept of the Form, determining the precise shape of the Form, establishing Form lighting, and the positioning of the Form in Space. The apprentice should make a daily practice of drawing cubes, spheres and cylinders. In the architectonic drawing, all […]

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Methods of the Masters

The ideas and methods presented here are mass conceptions that have proven to be useful in the construction of the human form. These methods were developed over the past several decades from study and absorption of works from many of the usual suspects. John Henry Vanderpoel, George Brant Bridgman, and Robert Beverly Hale form the […]

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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: $785 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. You will learn from Leonardo, define […]

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Giovanni-Battista-Piranesi​​ – Master Draughtman

“Piranesi and the Temples of Paestum: Drawings from Sir John Soane’s Museum,” This is a link to the Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Foundation which is an important resource for all artists who share an interest in preserving and promoting cultural lineage. Click the link to read an excellent article by Gail Leggio from American Arts Quarterly. […]

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InFORMation

As has been acknowledged many times that Platonian idealism resides beyond nature, and the Aristotelian principle concludes that the ideal can also be found in life. Plato was relying on a knowledge base that would allow the artist to go beyond nature. Aristotle stressed observing life to add inFORMation to one’s memory bank. These are […]

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The Nature of Abstraction

There were only a few really great teachers of painting in the 20th century among them Robert Henri and Hans Hofmann. Many would put them in different genres of substantive imagery, but that is not the case. What both men taught was living a life of art, and that painting is pure design. Both were […]

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STATE OF THE ART ARTIST MATERIALS

TSOFA TESTED • The Society of Figurative Arts and The Venerable Association of Artists (VAoA) will field test and review artists materials in the TSOFA TEST LAB to provide the Fine Art Professional and serious amateur with the product information they need to make informed purchase decisions. We visit industry trade events such as Namta […]

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NONFINITO – The Art of Unfinished

The idea of a finished work of art is very transient and illusive. I once heard the famous sculptor Jacque Lipschitz respond to the question of “how do you know when a work is finisted” his response was “when I stop working on it.” Of course Lipschitz worked in a more abstracted genre which made […]

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