Peter Mansbendel attended the Coquier-Roland School of Art in Paris from ~1903-1907. (the school no longer exists) While at the school, it is believed Peter followed the pure craft of drawing, painting and sculpting in the traditional lineage of the great art institutions of the past.
The French art schools (ateliers) of the time, helped students feel a sense of community, camaraderie, and an air of professionalism the minute they walk through the doors. The outstanding efforts of past students covered the walls. They were left to stand as sign-posts on the way to what might be: a love and mastery of the craft of drawing, painting and sculpting. They built a strong foundational skills in an intimate studio environment. Art Schools built a path to prosperity that was paved with superior knowledge, a strong work ethic, and a clear focus of purpose. The Atelier brought together students of all ages and skill levels–from professional to novice–in an environment of visual learning that is highly structured, with a low student-to-teacher ratio. Most classical art schools use the motto, “Preserving the Tradition of the Masters.”