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We welcome serious artists of all levels to join the Society of Figurative Arts. Our studio holds uninstructed open sessions, masterclasses, and workshops.
Studio website: https://tsofa.com/
Studio location: 3306 Wiley Post, Studio 104, Carrollton, TX
Discord: https://discord.gg/ghDjAV2C

The facility is built with artists in mind. We have ample room with a large stage for the model. All of the equipment such as easels, benches, drawing boards, lighting, chairs, and tables are provided for in-studio use. The sink in the inner studio is specifically meant for washing hands after a drawing or painting session. No solvents may be disposed of in this facility.

Join us for uninstructed life drawing sessions to sharpen your skills! On Fridays, we offer nude figure drawing sessions. We invite various models for short poses which are building up to a final longer pose. The fee is $25 per open session to cover the cost of the studio, equipment, and pay our models. Please bring your own art supplies such as paint, brushes, charcoal, drawing paper, canvas etc. to these open sessions. Only odorless paint thinner is allowed at the studio. Please keep in mind, these open sessions are uninstructed.

Our masterclasses and workshops are taught by Michael Mentler. They’re usually held on weekends and consist of lectures, demonstration, and practice session from life model. Check our website for upcoming classes, they fill up fast and not always announced on Meetup. Sign up for our newsletter at https://michaelmentler.guru/ to stay in the loop.

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MUSCLE & BONE: 4-Day Figure Drawing Workshop

Needs a location

$685.00

### Function and Form – The Architecture and Mechanics of the Human Figure.

Enroll today: https://michaelmentler.com/education/muscle-bone-4-day-workshop-june-23-26-2022/
The only way to reserve your spot is to prepay via our website.

  • Instructor: Michael Mentler
  • Date: Thursday, June 23 – Sunday, June 26, 2022
  • Time: Thu. – Sat. 10:00am to 4:30pm, and Sun. 10:00am to 1:30pm
  • Location: The Society of Figurative Arts
  • Address (view on Google Maps):
  • 3306 Wiley Post, Studio 104, Carrollton, Texas, 75006
  • Fee: $685

Few enter a life drawing class with any fundamental understanding of the underlying structure of the human form. There are those that believe that working purely from observation will reveal all they need to know about what lies under the surface. Unfortunately, this misconception is a prescription for failure. No master draughtsman ever relied on observation alone, one cannot draw well what they do not know.

There is much confusion about the study of anatomy, the neophyte thinks it requires memorizing myriads of Latin names and doing meticulous drawings of muscle and bone. This is a tedious journey which is slow to bear fruit. Anatomical drawings are not ipso facto esthetic; exact copies of anatomical plates are boring and self-serving. Concentration on the parts at the expense of the whole never ends well.
Anatomical studies should always show the relationship to their immediate surroundings and the whole.

The Mentler Method stresses what bones and muscles do instead of what they are. It removes the confusion by eliminating Anatomical Names and Anatomical drawings, and replacing them with practical names and grouping them by Mechanical Function; i.e., function creates form.

### Instead of drawing the skeleton, the focus is on the Landmarks where functional muscle groups originate and terminate.

This Werkstatt stresses how the human form operates, knowing where the operation begins and where it ends. The Mentler Method condenses the massive number of bones and muscles into a dozen Structural Landmarks and an equal number of muscle groups based on common functions, it mirrors the Laws of Architecture and Mechanics.

### Very few understand the teachings of George Brandt Bridgman, this is primarily due to the obtuse text, poorly organized structure and mediocre drawings. Bridgman was a brilliant teacher as evident by his numerous successors including Rockwell and Loomis.

What he taught is not well reflected in his books, his life sized demos and classroom prowess are legendary. Unfortunately, the small pencil drawings done for the books are underwhelming.To understand Bridgman one must first understand that he did not teach anatomy he taught Figure Structure, i. e., Construction.George taught the structure and mechanisms of the human machine he simplified the bony structure to a bare minimum and grouped muscles based on opposing functions.

### The Mentler Method abridges Bridgman and Bammes, highlights Hale, illuminates Loomis, and helps one visualize Vanderpoel.

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 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 sixteen. 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. He is also featured in Juliette Aristides books on drawing.
The Book of Bones, which he authored, is in art school libraries throughout the world.

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Figure Drawing Session - Short and Long Pose

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$25.00

Join TSOFA for our weekly Friday uninstructed life drawing session. Space is limited, please pay ahead on our website (https://michaelmentler.com/drawing-sessions/) to reserve your spot.

We welcome all levels of serious artists to attend our uninstructed life drawing figure sessions. You must bring your own supplies – charcoal, chalks, drawing paper, etc., and whatever you may need to work from an easel or drawing bench. We will provide drawing boards to work from as well. Session length is three hours. Please come on time as door closes at 10:30 and you’ll be allowed to come in only during model’s break.

We’ll be working from a well-lit live nude model that will do a series of short poses building up to a final long pose. We will have short breaks in between poses; you are welcome to bring a snack or beverage. We have coffee, sodas, and water available.

The fee for this session will cover the cost of the studio equipment and model. Please be respectful of your fellow artists and keep your phone on silent; you may not under any circumstances take photos of the model. We have various drawing reference books and some supplies for sale. Hope to see you soon!

Figure Drawing Session - Short and Long Pose

Needs a location

$25.00

Join TSOFA for our weekly Friday uninstructed life drawing session. Space is limited, please pay ahead on our website (https://michaelmentler.com/drawing-sessions/) to reserve your spot.

We welcome all levels of serious artists to attend our uninstructed life drawing figure sessions. You must bring your own supplies – charcoal, chalks, drawing paper, etc., and whatever you may need to work from an easel or drawing bench. We will provide drawing boards to work from as well. Session length is three hours. Please come on time as door closes at 10:30 and you’ll be allowed to come in only during model’s break.

We’ll be working from a well-lit live nude model that will do a series of short poses building up to a final long pose. We will have short breaks in between poses; you are welcome to bring a snack or beverage. We have coffee, sodas, and water available.

The fee for this session will cover the cost of the studio equipment and model. Please be respectful of your fellow artists and keep your phone on silent; you may not under any circumstances take photos of the model. We have various drawing reference books and some supplies for sale. Hope to see you soon!

Figure Drawing Session - Short and Long Pose

Needs a location

$25.00

Join TSOFA for our weekly Friday uninstructed life drawing session. Space is limited, please pay ahead on our website (https://michaelmentler.com/drawing-sessions/) to reserve your spot.

We welcome all levels of serious artists to attend our uninstructed life drawing figure sessions. You must bring your own supplies – charcoal, chalks, drawing paper, etc., and whatever you may need to work from an easel or drawing bench. We will provide drawing boards to work from as well. Session length is three hours. Please come on time as door closes at 10:30 and you’ll be allowed to come in only during model’s break.

We’ll be working from a well-lit live nude model that will do a series of short poses building up to a final long pose. We will have short breaks in between poses; you are welcome to bring a snack or beverage. We have coffee, sodas, and water available.

The fee for this session will cover the cost of the studio equipment and model. Please be respectful of your fellow artists and keep your phone on silent; you may not under any circumstances take photos of the model. We have various drawing reference books and some supplies for sale. Hope to see you soon!

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