Classical Art Atelier
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CLASSICAL DRAWING & PAINTING WORKSHOPS
SUMMER 2019

Our Summer programme offers weekend workshops in a variety of media - from pencil and charcoal to oil and watercolour - all championing the same timeless principles and techniques of classical drawing and painting.

Since the Renaissance, artists have worked in a wide range of media, not only keeping pace with and pioneering the development of new tools and technologies but also seeking to achieve different artistic and expressive ends. The classical style and method was defined by how these media were used....and this still remains true today. We hope that you enjoy the rich diversity of our workshops this Summer!

Oil Painting Pencil & Charcoal Drawing Watercolour Painting

Oil Painting

With Brian Smyth

DUTCH GOLDEN AGE PAINTING WORKSHOP
with BRIAN SMYTH
Duration: 3-Day Workshop
Price: € 300
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Workshops: Nano Nagle Place CORK 14-16 June
and St. Patrick's Gateway Centre WATERFORD 21-23 June 2019

Dutch 17th-century genre paintings, often referred to as scenes of everyday life, encompass an enormous range of subject matter and have enjoyed tremendous popularity. Brian Smyth's 3-day workshop introduces you to the oil painting practices of the Dutch Masters, selecting from a variety of genre paintings to copy.

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CLASSICAL PORTRAIT PAINTING WORKSHOP
with BRIAN SMYTH
Duration: 3-Day Workshop
Price: € 300
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Book TWO Galway Workshops and Save 10% Extra!
Venue: Galway Arts Centre GALWAY
Dates: 12-14 July 2019

Working with a limited palette, this workshop begins with preliminary exercises such as master copy painting before graduating to two full days painting the life model. It also introduces you to the principles and techniques currently being taught at the realist painting academies in Florence and elsewhere.

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PLEIN AIR LANDSCAPE PAINTING WORKSHOP
with BRIAN SMYTH
Duration: 3-Day Workshop
Price: € 300
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Venue: Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens
CO. CORK

Dates: 20-22 September 2019

Florence-trained realist painter, Brian Smyth, will teach a 3-Day Plein Air Painting Workshop at the scenic and historic Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens, Co. Cork. This is a unique opportunity to learn some of the methods of impressionistic alla prima landscape painting, as pioneered by artists of the 19th century.

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Brian Smyth
 
 

Brian Smyth is an award-winning graduate of the Crawford College of Art and Design. He has had several succesful solo exhibitions in Dublin and London and has participated in and curated many group exhibitions. He has completed many private commissions, including a 14-painting Stations of the Cross commission for a church restoration project in his native Co. Cork. Brian has his works in many private and public collections and continues to develop his technique, to exhibit his paintings and to work on portrait commissions.

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Drawing in Pencil & Charcoal

With Adrian Cooke

BARGUE-GÉRÔME COURS DE DESSIN WORKSHOP
NATIONAL DRAWING DAY
18 MAY 2019
with ADRIAN COOKE
Duration: 1-Day Workshop
Dates: 18 May 2019
Price: € 100 per person
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Venue: Hunt Museum LIMERICK

This 19th-century French drawing course follows a very methodical and classical approach to drawing. Starting with schematic lines, and finishing with perfectly modelled form, you will work through several of the plates within his drawing course manual.

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ACADEMIC FIGURE DRAWING WORKSHOP
with ADRIAN COOKE
Duration: 2-Day Workshop
Dates: 25-26 May 2019
Price: € 200
Venue: Nano Nagle Place CORK

Drawing the human figure from life is perhaps the most challenging subject an artist can face. This workshop shows you the classical approach to life drawing, following a manageable step-by-step procedure and slowly unravelling this complex subject matter.

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CLASSICAL PORTRAIT DRAWING WORKSHOP
with ADRIAN COOKE
Duration: 2-Day Workshop
Dates: 06-07 July 2019
Price: € 200
BOOK EARLY & SAVE 10%: € 20 OFF
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Venue: Galway Arts Centre GALWAY

This workshop introduces you to drawing the classical portrait in pencil and charcoal, covering all of the technical and aesthetic aspects of portrait drawing, from the structure and anatomy of facial features to achieving likeness and creating expression.

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Adrian Cooke
 
 

Adrian comes from a family of visual artists who influenced and mentored him through his formative years. He is a largely self-taught visual artist. He has selected areas of study and interest, such as the classical atelier method, to inform the style and ethos of his work. He works predominantly in traditional drawing and painting media, regarding these fundamental skills and techniques as essential building blocks in his work. His style, however, would be better described as Abstract Realism. His first exhibition was a series of classical portraits and master copy drawings at 33 The Mall, Waterford, in 2014.

"I would readily apply the term ‘classical’ to all well-ordered works which satisfy the mind, not only by an accurate, noble, or lively rendering of sentiments and objects, but also by their unity and logical arrangements; in short, by all those qualities which enhance the impression by creating a final simplicity."

Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863)

Watercolour Painting

With Mary Dillon

BOTANICAL WATERCOLOUR PAINTING WORKSHOP
with MARY DILLON
Duration: 3-Day Workshop
Dates: 06-08 September 2019
Price: € 300
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Venue: Nano Nagle Place CORK

In this three-day introduction to botanical watercolour painting, Mary Dillon will guide you through her process of capturing the very essence of the plant - its beauty, frailty, strength and intimacy, in a scientifically truthful manner. This workshop is suitable for newcomers to botanical art, as well as offering new tips to more experienced botanical artists.

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Mary Dillon
 

Award-winning Irish botanical artist, Mary Dillon, is known for capturing the essence of a plant through its sensuality and frailty. Mary’s evocative use of deep colour in her paintings, many of which are held in collections worldwide, brings a certain joy to the heart.

Mary was awarded Gold Medal and Best in Show in Botanical and Floral Art at Bloom, Dublin, 2016, and Gold and Silver Medals at Bloom, 2017. She has been elected an Associate Member of the Society of Botanical Artists, UK and a member of the Watercolour Society of Ireland. She was the founding chairperson of the Irish Society of Botanical Art.

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