Classical Art Atelier

Academic Figure Drawing

2-Day Drawing Workshop using Pencil and Charcoal

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. It will provide you with a good grounding in the structure and anatomy of the human body, an understanding of how the Old Masters approached the figure, familiarity with working with a live model, and many basic drawing skills, producing a finely rendered figure drawing by the end of the week.

The Academic Figure Drawing Workshop will take place in Cork on 25-26 May 2019. See dates, details and venue below.

Structure & Anatomy

You will study the structure and anatomy of the human body using exercises, master copies, and photographic references, and developing your 'visual memory'. You will also become acquainted with some typical poses and proportions, and practise working with the block-in and the two-sided form.

Gesture & Expression

You will work on gesture studies with the live model, helping you to develop your sense for rhythm, movement and expression, and understanding the effect of gesture. You will also be introduced to perspective and foreshortening using block forms and geometric models in different positions and angles, and different methods of measurement.


You will also be shown how to recreate the effect of light and shadow on the model under classical lighting conditions, creating tone and tonal progressions. Handling your materials to get the best results - line work, shading, textures, light and shadow.

Workshop Details

The Academic Figure Drawing Workshop will be held in Cork City this May 2019.
See details below, or contact us to find out more and to enrol.

# Venue Duration Day Time Dates Cost
1 Nano Nagle Place, Douglas Street, CORK 2 Days Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm 25-26 May 2019 € 200

Important Notes

  • Full payment of € 200 is required to enrol on this workshop.
  • Fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
  • Classical Art Atelier reserves the right to cancel any course or workshop at any time if the minimum number of students required is not reached. In such cases, your fee will be fully refunded.

About Adrian Cooke

Drawing Instructor

Coming from a rigorous formal training in classical music - piano and music composition - Adrian 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.

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Academic Figure Drawing Workshop

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