R.(U.)D.I.M.E.N.T.S.

(U)NDERSTAND As opposed to popular belief, the master draughtsman doesn’t copy what they see; they capture the gestalt, the simplest known visual aspects of the subject at hand.  Drawing/design is, at its core, a creative decision-making process. The first task is to identify and quantify the model’s visual aspects, followed by a determination of which […]

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Introductory Class: Rudimentary Essentials of Drawing and Design.

The nine-session introduction to Renaissance drawing systems begins on Friday, September, 6th. 10:00am to 11:00am. This program will consist of intensive one-hour demonstrations with anecdotes and critiques. Attendees will be given hand-outs, follow-up exercises and reading suggestions. The groups will be small for these classes, please reserve your spot ahead of time.

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RUDIMENTS OF DRAWING & DESIGN

Rudimenti di disegno Why the Italian subtitle? These fundamental design principles were rediscovered and further developed during the Italian Renaissance. Most of these systems pre-date the Renaissance, but for us, it is our most tangible historical resource. What exactly are Rudiments? Rudiments are the fundamentals, the building blocks, the essential elements, the founding principles of […]

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THE PLUMMET OF TRADITION

Sight-size and the Bargue debacle do not align with the main-stream of traditional artistic practices. There is an inherent danger that over absorption in this kind of academic study neglects the development of the students’ intuitive, creative abilities. It is the possession of said abilities, which will enable them to become an artist. IMITATION is […]

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THE SOCIETY OF FIGURATIVE ARTS

As the name implies, Figurative Art is our main focus and has been for decades. The Society was created to provide fundamental skill-sets, aesthetic sensibilities, professional practices, and materials expertise to those individuals in pursuit of multiple creative endeavors. TSoFA focuses on individual creative potential and provides pathways to help them achieve it. We serve […]

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G.R.A.V.I.T.Y. (Gestalt)

In figure drawing, GRAVITY and weight are the universal forces that control our sense of balance, rhythm, and harmony. Every living thing in the universe is in constant movement. That movement has one thing as a central theme–the force/line of gravity. How the body reacts to this force is what we are trying to capture. […]

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MUNICH SCHOOL LINEAGE

FRENCH ACADEMIES Chronicles of information are available about the French Academies from 1850 to the early part of the next century. They provided us an array of notable painters and educators: Willian Macgregor Paxton, John Henry Vanderpoel, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, George Bridgman, Kenyon Cox, Frank Vincent Dumond, to name a few. MUNICH SCHOOLIt […]

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FIGURE CONSTRUCTION

More commonly referred to as ANATOMY or ARTISTIC ANATOMY is not just important; it is essential. If your mentor tells you, there is no need to know anatomy, or that it will get in the way, start looking for a new mentor. The only reason they would tell you that is because they know very […]

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT PATH

Firstly one must decide if the objective is to create or imitate; Creativity is a singular lonely activity as opposed to the more comfortable arena of imitative conformity. Homo sapiens are all born with tribal instincts, what differentiates us is the size of the tribe we feel comfortable in, and the objectives of that tribe. […]

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Life drawing session

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Join us at the Society of Figurative Arts for the next life drawing session with Michael Mentler on July 19th, 10:30am – 2:00pm. Space is limited, reserve your spot via phone/text or e-mail.

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