PAINTERS HISTORY OVERLOOKED

The layman is often baffled that some of the painters they most admire seem to have fallen through the cracks of history. It is beyond their comprehension that painters who could paint so realistically could so easily be dismissed. They are agas when they also learn that if any of these ‘stalwarts’ made it to […]

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A COUPLE OF OBSERVATIONS ABOUT OBSERVATION

Observational skills are an essential aspect but not the most paramount by far. The master draughtsman never draws what they see, they draw what they know to look for. The master draughtsman doesn’t shade to turn form, they SHAPE it with planes to create form. They don’t copy nature they interpret it. Their skill-sets are […]

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THE TRINITY OF MASTERY

Core Academic Training There are three areas where the apprentice has the most to learn. They are: drawing from life, drawing masterworks, and drawing from imagination. The apprentice must include a third of each in their studies as the world’s great masters have done for over six centuries. Practitioners in past centuries studied and analyzed […]

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ARC AND ‘CONSERVATIVE REALISM’

Being an advocate of skill-based training and having spent several decades in the pursuit of those skills I am diametrically opposed to those who would purposefully try to dumb-down as many non-Socratic thinkers as possible in the name of ‘art’. The first glaring problem with ARC’s philosophy is that they have none. Philosophy would denote a […]

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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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