This is a 9 minute analysis of this magnificent drawing by Rembrandt, when he saw an elephant for the first time!


The Act of Drawing Mini-course and ebook

Your Act of Drawing requires daily constancy. Your brain needs to have its circuits formed and performing, before you can make good drawings. I have been teaching drawing and painting long enough to know that the less you know drawing the better your own Art will be (in the near future)!

But do not take me wrong: I mean that the untrained will learn with less bias than the learned one. After a certain point, the visual-motor tasks develop your Seeing Differently and your drawing will never be the same.

Register and discover for yourself. The mini-course is free of charge!

Your half brain… your artistic half (yes, you have one like this) will love this stuff. Why do I give it to you in here? Because to know it and not share it with you would diminish my humanity. Enjoy, It is a gift.

Prof. Dr. Plínio Santos Filho, Ph.D.

I have always worked with Art and Science. In fact, my doctoral and postdoctoral studies in materials science physics made possible my discovery of how to see differently, see in the manner that was used by the Great Masters. Please take a look at what I have been up to here in my curriculum vitae!


Prof. Dr. Christopher Gould, Ph.D.

Professor and ex-Head of the Physics Department, NCSU, Raleigh, NC, USA.

“One piece of work earned him a “best paper” award in 1999 from the NC chapter of the American Associate of Physics Teachers. For several years, as an overload, he taught a Science of Art course that attracted, just by word of mouth, a talented and diverse group of majors from across campus. This was the only science and art on campus for decades until a colleague of mine started a similar course in 2014, in art and biology. In 1998, for his work in PY211-212 he garnered one of NC State University’s most prestigious awards – induction into the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers.”

Marina Drahomiro

Master Chef - Painter and Designer

Not only does Professor Plinio have the necessary sensitivity to perceive the talents and difficulties of each student, but he also has great pleasure in discovering the unique artist in each of his students. He stimulates our aptitudes so that we give birth to our own art with singular characteristics. I began my studies with Plínio as a way to alleviate the stress of everyday life and ended up discovering an artistic vein that I never knew I had. Thank you so much Plínio for all your affection and dedication!

Jorgeane Meriguette

Oenologist and Business Administrator

The opportunity to study and develop art with Plínio Santos Filho was a privilege. He is a Master of seeing each ones individually to realize  our unique styles, feelings, pains, skills and to help us to put everything together in one place. I remember well when at the end of a painting, after having had a personal loss the previous week, he looked at me, stopped, thought and said, “Very well, you became an artist.”

Prof. Dr. Sergio Rezende, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics, UFPE, and ex-Minister of Science and Technology of Brazil.

“Dr. Santos-Filho was living in the USA and teaching at North Carolina State University when I suggested that we could construct a material research conservation and restoration laboratory in Olinda. He then moved back to Brazil. And in 2008, while I was the Minister of Science and Technology of Brazil, we inaugurated the Conservation and Restoration Laboratory in Olinda. Olinda is one of Unesco’ World Heritage Sites since 1982.”

Dr. Frederico Maciel Câmara Freire, MD

Physician - Psychiatrist and Plastic Artist

Professor Plínio goes beyond the Art of Teaching. He is first and foremost an Educator. With love, it arouses students’ curiosity. He motivates the search in us for new and old teachings. He simply pours out his knowledge. Since 2013 I have had the opportunity to learn and study drawing and painting with Professor Plínio. And I want to continue this walk of paints and paint for many years to come!

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