Drawing Media 1-Day Workshop – Materials & Techniques, June 2, 2022

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Date: Thursday, June 2, 2022
Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm (30 Minute Lunch Break)
Topic: Drawing Media – Materials & Techniques
Location: The Society of Figurative Arts Studio
Address (view on Google Maps):
3306 Wiley Post, Studio 104, Carrollton, Texas, 75006
Fee: $175 (Includes supplies)

The mastery of drawing and painting begins with understanding the materials and techniques master draughtsmen have used since the Renaissance. The choices are many and depend on the artist’s intent and temperament.

Art supply manufacturers produce many materials, but unfortunately provide little practical advice to novice practitioners on how to use them. These workshops are aimed on clearing up this confusion and learning practical portion of the drawing and painting.


  • How many graphite pencils does one really need.
  • Why excessive sharpening methods are a waste of time and actually weakens your drawings.
  • The varieties of charcoal and their usage: Vine, Willow, Dry, Oiled, Compressed.
  • The difference between Charcoal, Carbon, Chalk and Conte and pastel.
  • Varieties of Sanguine Drawing Materials: Powders, Chalks, Sticks, and Pencils.
  • Erasers are tools to create not eliminate, how to select the right tool for the job.
  • Why the selection of paper is an important decision: pairing the correct surface with the media is critical.
  • The advantages of working on toned papers.
  • How to work in multi-media: the Old Masters used more than one medium to produce the majority of their works.

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.

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!

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.

“Michael’s sketchbooks are masterpieces, he is a modern-day Leonardo.” – Richard Schmid –

“Richard’s Right.” – Dan McCaw –

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

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