Tuesday, May 15, 2018

San Antonio Face-Off and YOU ARE INVITED!

You are invited to San Antonio's First Annual Face-Off! This is a free event and is open to the public. Please feel free to share. 

Friday, April 27, 2018

PSoA Conference Photos, Texas!

How wonderful to be surrounded by artists from all over the world for four event-packed days and all under the same roof! 
What treasured memories! I am looking forward to seeing what springs from all of this inspiration. 
And a big congratulations to Eddie Filer for winning a Certificate of Excellence Award for the second year in a row! 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Austin Face-Off Photos

A very special thanks to Jennifer Balkan for all she did in pulling together Austin's very first Face-Off!!! And to the Dougherty Arts Center for so graciously allowing us to use their space. 

Another big thanks is due to our participating artists: Jennifer Balkan, Denise Fulton, Johnnie Sielbeck, Karen Offutt, Karen Maness and Justin Balleza. You are all awesome!!! We couldn't have had this without YOU! 

And last but not least, all of our fellow PSoA members who came to show their support! You came from all over Texas, Carrolton, Houston, San Antonio and, of course, the Austin area. Thank you!
Many have shared their photos.  Be sure to check out our participating artist's social media pages for even more!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Atelier Dojo, Austin's First Fine Arts Academy

“Atelier Dojo is Austin’s first fine arts academy dedicated to empowering artists with a rigorous, exciting curriculum,  
and world-class instruction. Serious training for serious artists.”

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Spotlight on Danny Grant

Artist: Danny Grant
City: Austin
Danny Grant (b. 1979) was born and raised in Garland, TX. He received his BFA in illustration from the Academy of Art University in 2003. At the Academy, he was most influenced by instructors Lee Ballard and Kazuhiko Sano for their superb draftsmanship and fine art approach to illustration. Upon graduating, he relentlessly sought to improve his skills in drawing and painting. In 2006, Danny moved to New York City to study with Jacob Collins at his Water Street Atelier. In 2008 his studies continued with Mr. Collins at the Grand Central Academy. There, he enjoyed a rigorous curriculum of cast drawing and painting, figure drawing and painting, and still life painting in the tradition of the European ateliers of the mid to late 19th century. Danny currently lives in Austin, TX where he paints and teaches drawing and painting. He is represented by Quent Cordair Fine Art in Napa, CA. 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Figure Drawing in the Renaissance Tradition

The Society of Figurative Arts Presents
Figure Drawing in the Renaissance Tradition
Instructed by Master Draughtsman Michael Mentler 
Live Models all equipment (including easels) and drawing materials provided.
Where: 3306 Wiley Post, Dallas, Texas
When: January, 8th-12th Mon.-Fri. 10am-4pm
There will now be 4 back to back workshops. Of course, we would love for everyone to take the full 5_days but for those who can't or are looking for more specific areas to focus on it breaks down like this.
Day 1 - L.I.F.E. - The Art of the Start (gesture and beyond)
Day 2 - P.L.A.N. - Proportion, Landmarks, Alignments, and Negative Spaces
Days 3 & 4 - G.R.A.V.I.T.Y. - Figure Drawing Procedure
Day 5- Faces and Features
All workshops must be taken in sequence because the information in each one is essential to understanding the next.
Faces & Features can be taken as a separate workshop. 
Tuition -
1 Day 200 - Mon. L.I.F.E.
2 Days 375 - Mon. Tues. L.I.F.E. & P.L.A.N
4 Days 600 L.I.F.E., P.L.A.N., & G.R.A.V.I.T.Y. - Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs.
5 Days 650 - All 5 Days 
Evening drawing and painting session on Thursday evening to review and practice what you have learned $60 plus $15 Dollar model fee.
Space is limited and those taking the full 5 days will be given priority.
Reserve your easel now at
For More Information Contact: Michael Mentler at