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!

Pencil / Charcoal Oil

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.

"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)

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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.

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