Classical Art Atelier
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Our Autumn Winter programme offers courses and workshops in a wide variety of media - from pencil, charcoal and oil to watercolour, conté and pastel - 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 courses and workshops this season!

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Drawing in Pencil & Charcoal

With Adrian Cooke

Duration: 10-Week Evening Course (Part 1)
Fee: € 300
Venue/Dates: Garter Lane Arts Centre WATERFORD 08 Nov. - 06 Dec. 2018

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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Duration: 1-Day Sunday Workshops
Fee: € 100 per day or € 175 for two Sundays
Venue/Dates: Coastguard Cultural Centre TRAMORE 04 & 11 November 2018

These mini workshops are designed to quickly introduce you to classical drawing, offering easy-to-use tips and techniques. Suitable for beginners and intermediate artists. Open to teenagers and adults alike.

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Classical Drawing Courses

Adrian Cooke focuses on classical drawing in pencil and charcoal this Autumn Winter season. There are TWO drawing courses/workshops:
- Sunday all day workshop at Coastguard Cultural Centre, Tramore
- Thursday evenings at Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford

These courses are suitable for anyone who is interested in learning or improving their drawing skills. Whether you're a complete beginner, an art student or graduate, or a professional artist, this timeless 'classical' approach to drawing will benefit you.

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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Oil Painting

With Brian Smyth

Duration: 2-Day Workshop
Dates: 17-18 November 2018
Fee: € 250
Venue: Garter Lane Arts Centre WATERFORD

This two day workshop provides an excellent introduction to the alla prima method of portrait painting. Alla prima (or 'at the first') relies on a method where the painting is completed in a single session while the paint is still wet.

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Duration: 3-Day Workshop
Dates: November 2018
Fee: € 300
Venue: To be confirmed CORK

An introduction to the academic painting practices in oils, and some of the principles and techniques currently being taught at realist painting academies in Florence.

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Oil Painting Workshops

Brian Smyth focuses on painting in oils this Autumn Winter season. There are TWO Weekend Workshops in Classical Painting in Oils:
- Alla Prima Portrait Painting
- Copying the 19th-Century Nude:
An Introduction to Classical Painting Techniques

Brian Smyth, artist and tutor at the Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy, introduces THREE weekend workshops in the academic painting practices in oils, demonstrating the methods and techniques currently being taught at the realist paintings of Florence.

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.

"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

Duration: 3-Day Workshop
New Dates: 29-31 March 2019
Fee: € 300

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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Watercolour Painting Workshop

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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Drawing in Conté & Pastel

With Svetlana Cameron

Duration: 2-Day Workshop
Dates: 17-18 November 2018
Fee: € 250
Venue: C.I.T. Arts in Health & Education CORK

This workshop, focused on drawing in Conté and pastel, will introduce you to the ‘three-colour’ technique inspired by the Renaissance portrait drawing tradition.

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Conté & Pastel Portrait Drawing

Inspired by the coloured chalk drawings of the Renaissance period, Svetlana’s method involves use of only three colours for creating realistic flesh tones - black, red, and white. Mixed and blended on neutral toned paper, the 3-colour palette produces a wide range of semi-translucent lifelike skin tones which the artist often juxtaposes with bright opaque colours in the sitters’ clothes – a visual effect that has become hallmark of Svetlana’s technique.

Svetlana Cameron is a Russian-born British portrait painter dedicated to the study and revival of classical art. Trained in the methods of Old Masters, she is known internationally for commissioned oil portraits of distinguished people and delicate lifelike portraits of children in pastel. Svetlana holds the title of a “Living Master” awarded to her in 2016 by the Art Renewal Centre (USA) and is included in the ARC online museum of realist art. Three of her official portraits are part of the UK national collection of oil paintings and are featured on ART UK.