P.L.A.N.: 2-Day Proportion Workshop, May 20-21, 2022

A Mentler Methode Workshop

Building a successful drawing starts with having a well thought out P.L.A.N.. Maester 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.

Date: Friday and Saturday, May 20th and 21st, 2022
Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm (30 Minute Lunch Break)
Location: The Society of Figurative Arts Studio
Address (view on Google Maps):
3306 Wiley Post, Studio 104, Carrollton, Texas, 75006
Fee: $385 (Includes supplies and model fees.)

What You Will Learn





Attendees will learn the importance of PLACEMENT and the establishment of the PROSCENIUM to stage their drawing. They will learn how to build a human figure using a unique system of C.S.I. PROPORTION developed by Robert Beverly Hale and incorporated into the Mentler Methode. This method allows one to capture the human form without relying solely on reference. PERSPECTIVE as it relates to drawing the human figure will also be demonstrated. The Mentler Methode forgoes the mimesis of shapes at it stresses seeing in terms of MASSES and PLANES.

C.S.I. CANON OF PROPORTIONS will be demonstrated and explained in detail.

The identification of 26 skeletal LANDMARKS, and the location of ORIGIN AND INSERTION will be demonstrated on the skeleton and the model.

ASPECTS of comparative measurement which involves ALIGNMENTS, ANGLES and AXES will be explained and diagrammed.

NAVIGATING the relationships of NEGATIVE and POSITIVE forms along with the other visual tools is an integral part of the Mentler Methode.

The Language of Drawing Masterclass, portrait of Michael Mentler

During this two-day workshop Maester Mentler will demonstrate in the mornings, and students will practice drawing from the skeleton and model in the afternoon. Personalized instruction with be provided during the practical portion of the workshop. This workshop is a requisite part of a course of instruction by Maester Mentler.

Michael Mentler, The Book of Bones, cover side view

Workshop attendees will receive discounts on Michael’s DVD, Books and future workshops.

Past workshop attendees get 15% off, please contact us for a coupon!

All of the drawing materials will be provided for in-studio use. This includes easels or benches, drawing boards, charcoal, shammy, and paper. Please bring a notebook and a writing instrument to take notes during the demonstrations.

We have a fridge and microwave in case you bring your lunch, or we pick up food from La Spiga.

This Mentler Methode Workshop is the foundation of Michael’s core drawing and painting curriculum.

GESTURE – The Art Of The Start*

PLAN – The Blueprint For The Human Form*

GRAVITY – The Maxims Of Life Drawing

MUSCLE & BONE – The Mechanics Of The Human Machine

HEADS, FEATURES & FACES – The Elements Of Capturing Persona

* Mandatory for beginners

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

“Michael is a modern-day Leonardo.”Richard Schmid

“Richards Right.” – Dan McCaw –

The P.L.A.N. Workshop is the foundation of the Mentler Methode and is a prerequisite for continued mentorship from Maester Mentler. It is the the starting point for beginners and is loaded with information for serious amateurs and professionals as well. It goes beyond drawing what you see by showing you what to look for and provides you with the skill-sets necessary to become a better artist. 

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