Heads, Faces, and Features: A 4-Day Mentler Method Werkstatt

The Structure and Mechanics of the Human Head

Instructor: Michael Mentler
Date: Thursday, February 17th through Sunday, February 20th, 
Time: Thu. – Fri. 10:00 to 4:30 and Sat. 10:00 to 1:30 Sun,
Location: The Society of Figurative Arts
Address: 3306 Wiley Post, Carrollton, TX. 75006
Fee: $655

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 ever worked purely from observation.

What one draws is directly related to what one knows; drawing is an intellectual business that incorporates the brain. The Master draughtsman views the world through their mind not their eyes.

The Mentler Method employs the Laws of Architecture, Mechanics, and Motion. The Skull is the structure that dictates outward appearances (Architecture), the muscles of mastication modify that appearance (Mechanics), and the muscles of expression give the face character (Dynamics). 

This Werkstatt places Function and Form ahead of Latin names. It constructs from the inside-out; gone are the envelopes and contours employed by the observation-oriented model-dependent practitioners.

“You Can’t Paint A House Until It is Built.” – George Brandt Bridgman –

“Good artist’s copy; Great Artist’s Steal”

– Pablo Picasso –

The Mentler Method:

Your instructor is the world’s foremost expert on George Brandt Bridgman and Robert Beverly Hale and has spent the requisite time with all the usual suspects. He has shamelessly taken the best concepts from the best resources and combined them into his own.

The vital element of Michael’s approach is that it teaches you to learn how to learn, creating a pathway for acquiring knowledge.

Demonstrations are done in the mornings, and individual instruction provided in the afternoons.

About The 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’s 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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