Classical Art Atelier

10-Week Life Drawing Course

Life Drawing Techniques in Pencil and Charcoal

Drawing the human figure from life is perhaps the most challenging subject an artist can face. This 10-week course 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 drawings by the end of the ten weeks.

The 10-Week Life Drawing Techniques Course will be held in Cork and Waterford starting this September 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.

Course Details

The Life Drawing Course will be held in Cork and Waterford starting this September 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 10 weeks Tuesdays 6.30 - 9pm 17 Sept. - 26 Nov. 2019 € 300
2 St. Patrick's Gateway Centre, WATERFORD 10 weeks Mondays 7 - 9.30pm 23 Sept. - 02 Dec. 2019 € 300

Important Notes

  • 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.

Visit to see his work.

Materials List

Drawing Course

Basic materials including cartridge paper and newsprint paper will be provided by the academy. However, you will need to bring a certain amount of drawing materials yourself. All materials and equipment are available at Cork Art Supplies, where you will be entitled to a 10% discount upon enrolling for this course, or at Jackson's Art Supplies UK

  • A range of pencils including
    2H, H, HB, B, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B
    (preferably Staedtler Mars Lumograph)
  • Staedtler Mars Lumograph Black 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B (optional)
  • Graphite Powder (optional)
  • Standard Carbon Pencils
Charcoals (optional)
  • Vine Charcoal (Nitram)
  • Willow Charcoal
  • Compressed Charcoal
  • Stonehenge Paper: White, 18x24in
  • Canson Mi-Tientes Pastel Paper: Moonstone, Single Sheets 55x75cm
    or Daler Canford Paper: Dreadnought Grey, A3 or A2 size
  • Kneadable Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Skewer or Knitting Needle
  • Tombow Mono Zero Eraser (optional)
  • Maulstick (optional)
10-Week Life Drawing Course

Start drawing the human figure from life with method and confidence

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