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L.I.F.E - One Day - Visual Language Lab, July 13, 2024

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A Mentler Methode Lab

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2024
Time: Lecture - 10:30am-12:30pm, Practice 1pm - 4pm
Location: The Society of Figurative Arts
Address: 3306 Wiley Post, Studio 104, Carrollton, Texas, 75006. (view on Google Maps)
Fee: $85

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What You Will Learn: In this Workshop the Maester will cover key Fundamentals of the Mentler Methode.

  • The Elements of the Visual Language
  • The Evolution of Intent from Imitation to Invention
  • The Mass Conception of the Human Form
  • The Methods of starting a drawing and maintaining Gestural Expression


Gesture drawing involves capturing the Gestalt or Whole using Mass, Structure, and/or Boundaries.

Evolution of Intent from Imitation to Invention is at the core of the Mentler Methode, attendees will get a guided tour of the creative journey.

Surveying the pose and understanding the full extent of the action is one of the first orders of business, one cannot draw what they do not understand.

Tip, tilt, twist and turn, i.e., the 4-Ts need to be conveyed to the viewer at this juncture. It is the artists task to create an interesting drawing not the models.

Unity and variety needs to be explored and enhanced. For every action there is a juxtaposed reaction.

Rhythm brings vitality to the drawing and draws the viewer into the action without Rhythm there is no LIFE in life drawing.

Expression, Enhancement, and Exaggeration provide the essence of character. Without it, the work is a mirror not a drawing.


• The Maester will demonstrate and pontificate from 10:30am to 12:30pm
• 12:30pm to 1:00pm Lunch break
• 1:00pm to 4:00pm Attendees work from a live model


This Mentler Methode Lab is the foundation of Michael’s core drawing and painting curriculum.

GESTUREThe Art Of The Start*

LIFE – The Language of Drawing and Design*

GRAVITY – The Maxims Of Life Drawing

* Mandatory for beginners


Lab attendees will receive discounts on Michael’s DVD, Books and future workshops.

Past workshop attendees get 15% off, please contact us for a coupon!

This Lab is highly recommended for everyone. Novices should definitely take this workshop at least once before moving forward, as Michael does not revisit beginning material in advanced workshops.

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.


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

“Michael is a modern-day Leonardo.”  Richard Schmid 

“Richards Right.” – Dan McCaw –