Classical Art Atelier

Classical Portrait Drawing

2-Day Weekend Workshop in May and 5-Day Workshop in July 2018

These two workshops introduce you to drawing the classical portrait. Even in our modern world, overflowing with photographic portrait images and 'selfies', the intimacy and aesthetic merits achieved by a simple portrait drawing still seduce us. These workshops cover all of the technical and aesthetic aspects of portrait drawing in several media (graphite, charcoal, and Conté), from the structure and anatomy of facial features to achieving likeness and creating expression to a historical overview of the portrait as it developed from the Renaissance.

The 2-day weekend workshop will take place at Adrian Cooke Classical Art Atelier in Dunhill, Co. Waterford, from 26-27 May 2018. The 5-day workshop will be held at C.I.T. Arts in Health & Education Campus, No. 46 Grand Parade, Cork, from 23-27 July 2018. Please see venues, dates, and details below.


You will be shown all aspects of portrait drawing, starting with the technical attributes of drawing the face and head, and then beginning to explore the more expressive qualities of this human subject. You will also have the opportunity to put your learning into practise by drawing a model from life. Some of the subject areas covered include:

  • Approach to Classical Portraiture
  • Structure and Anatomy of the Head for Artists
  • Detailed Study of Facial Features: Eyes, Nose, Mouth, Etc.
  • Working with Design, Line, Value and Form
  • Lighting Your Subject
  • Achieving Likeness and Expression
  • Live models
  • All materials included
  • 10% off art supplies
  • Detailed hand-outs
  • Practical exercises
  • Demonstrations
  • Slide & video presentations
  • Refreshments provided

Workshop Details

The Classical Portrait Drawing Workshop will be held at Adrian Cooke Classical Art Atelier, Dunhill, Co. Waterford, in May, and at C.I.T. Arts in Health & Education Campus, No.46 Grand Parade, Cork, in July.
See details below, or contact us to find out more and to enrol.

# Venue Duration Day Time Dates Cost
1 Classical Art Atelier,
Dunhill, Co. Waterford
2 Days Saturday & Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm 26 - 27 May 2018 € 200
2 No. 46 Grand Parade, Cork 5 Days Monday - Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm 23 - 27 July 2018 € 500
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