Drawing Secrets of the Masters

michaelmentlerInstructor: Michael Mentler
Medium: Drawing
Course Meets: August, 23th-26th
Class times: 9:00-5:00
Tuition: $475+model fee
Level: All Levels  

The focus of this workshop is about learning to draw Heads, Faces and Features based on classical techniques and methods developed in the Italian Renaissance and practiced for over five centuries by the world’s great masters. Michael will decode Da Vinci, reveal Rembrandt and take the mystery out of Michelangelo. He will demonstrate the essential techniques and concepts of proportion, line, plane, form, value,structure, perspective and composition. During the morning sessions Michael will demonstrate the construction and planes of the head exploring the major and minor features that give the head its individual character.  He will also analyze the underlying muscles that are key to expression.  The afternoon sessions will focus on drawing from the model with individual critiques as requested.

About the Instructor:
Michael Mentler (Born in Jacksonville, Illinois) is a contemporary American painter/sculptor and Master draughtsman best known for his voluminous sketchbook journals dedicated to figure structure and his life-size figurative works in oil, pastel and mixed media. The paintings combine figurative subjects with abstracted backgrounds inspired by Hans Hofmann and Richard Diebenkorn. Of this dual representation strategy Mentler notes, “my effort to constantly push the real in the abstract and pull the abstract out of the real.”

Michael received his formal education at The American Academy of Art in Chicago, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, and Washington University in Saint Louis, B.F.A., M.F.A., M.A., (Art History). Michael taught at Washington University for several years early in his career and has taught hundreds of students at the The Society of Figurative Arts in Dallas of which he is the Founder and Director.

Michael has been featured in numerous publications including feature articles in American Artist Drawing and American Artist Workshop magazines, Graphis, Art Direction, and CA.  Several of his works are featured in “Lessons in Classical Drawing – Essential Techniques from inside the Atelier” which was recently released by Watson-Guptill. He is currently producing several instruction DVD’s on Figure Drawing and Artistic Anatomy the first of which “Heads, Faces and Features” has already sold hundreds of copies worldwide. Currently, Mentler teaches workshops throughout the country. He enjoys an international following and his works are represented in many private and public collections including The Kemper Art Museum, The Mead Library and The Pulitzer Collection

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