Classical Art Atelier

Academic Figure Drawing

5-Day Workshop in Life Drawing

Drawing the human figure from life is perhaps the most challenging subject an artist can face. This course shows you the classical approach to life drawing, following a manageable step-by-step procedure and slowly unravelling this complex subject matter. There are two 10-week semesters in this course, and although we recommend that you do both, it is not obligatory. Part 1 begins this Autumn 2017, and Part 2 begins in Spring 2018.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a taught course, and the time spent working with live models is carefully organised and paced with the development of your drawing skills and figure drawing knowledge, gradually increasing over the two semesters. If you are simply looking for unguided practise time drawing a live model, there are many public groups that cater for this purpose.

The next Classical Figure / Life Drawing Course will be running in three different venues - in Cork, Tipperary, and Waterford - beginning this September 2017. Please see venues, dates and fees below.

Part 1
Autumn 2017

The focus of the first part of this course is to study and practise the structure and anatomy of the human body using exercises, master copies and photographic references, while at the same time becoming acquainted with the live model through weekly gesture studies.

    Studying skeletal and muscular anatomy
    Working from memory (the 'visual memory')
    Copying master drawings and using Part 3 of Bargue-Gérôme Cours de dessin ('Poses of the Model') to practise and learn typical poses and proportions, the envelope, the block-in, nonparallelism and the two-sided form
    Working purely on gesture studies with a live model (45m per week), helping you to develop your sense for rhythm, movement and expression
    Understanding the effect of gesture: balance and major proportions of the model
    Developing your skills of line and shading
    Handling your materials to get the best results - line work, shading, textures, light and shadow
    Perspective and foreshortening using block forms and geometric models in different positions and angles
Part 2
Spring 2018

With a good grounding in structure and anatomy, an understanding of how the Old Masters approached the figure, familiarity with working with a live model, and many basic drawing skills practised, the second part of this course moves on into producing more finely rendered drawings in detail.

    Continuing your study of structure and anatomy, particularly of minor forms
    Most of the class (1h30m to 2h15m) will now be spent working on longer detailed studies of the model, applying what you've learned in Part 1 to real life
    Quick gesture studies to warm up will form part of every class
    Recreating the effect of light and shadow on the model under classical lighting conditions
    Creating tone and tonal progressions
    The interaction of light and form
    Methods of measurement
    Using point-to-point, triangulation, and tilt measurement

PLEASE NOTE: The division of time between theory/practice and working from the live models allows for a 15-minute break for refreshments during each class. In the unforeseeable event that a model doesn't show up, for whatever reason, we will use the modelling time for theory/practice and redress the balance of time the following week.

Course Details

The Classical Figure / Life Drawing Course is available at three different venues.
See the details of each below, or contact us to find out more and to enrol.

# Venue Duration Day Time Dates Cost
1 Triskel Arts Centre
Cork City
10 Weeks Monday 7.00pm - 9.30pm 11 September - 20 November 2017 € 300
2 Classical Art Atelier
Dunhill, Co. Waterford
10 Weeks Tuesday 7.00pm - 9.30pm 26 September - 05 December 2017 € 300
3 South Tipperary Arts Centre
Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
10 Weeks Thursday 7.00pm - 9.30pm 28 September - 07 December 2017 € 300

NOTE: There will be a one-week break halfway through this course for Hallowe'en. Part 2 of this course continues in Spring 2018.

Terms & Conditions

  • Fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
  • Classical Art Atelier reserves the right to cancel any course or workshop if the minimum number of students needed is not reached. In such cases, your fee will be fully refunded.
  • It is recommended that you take out insurance to cover travel costs in the event that a course or workshop is cancelled.
Classical Figure/Life Drawing Course

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