Classical Art Atelier

Introduction to Classical Drawing

10-Week Course for Beginners

This course will introduce you to the key principles and techniques of classical drawing, and help you to apply these traditional methods to your own work. The four key components of pictorial representation - design, line, value and form - will be explored through a series of exercises and practical applications. Suitable for anyone interested in improving their drawing skills; it also serves as a fresher course for artists who have already studied drawing.

This 10-week course with Adrian Cooke will take place at St. Patrick's Gateway Centre, WATERFORD CITY,
from 14 January to 24 March 2020.

Receive a 10% discount when you book before Friday, 13 December 2019!


You will gain a very good understanding and appreciation for the methods and techniques involved in classical drawing, and how it can benefit your own work regardless of your style. This is also a perfect course for artists and students who might be building a portfolio. You will develop many skills and techniques including how to:

  • Set up and reproduce a master drawing
  • Explore a range of drawing media
  • Learn how to measure and block-in a drawing quickly and easily
  • Render light and shadow effectively
  • Create the illusion of form
  • Basic materials included*
  • 10% off art supplies
  • Handouts
  • Practical exercises
  • Demonstrations
  • Slide & video presentations

*Students will be required to bring certain materials.

Course Details

The Introduction to Classical Drawing Course will be held at St. Patrick's Gateway Centre, Waterford, starting this January 2020.
Receive a 10% discount when you book before Friday, 13 December 2019!

# Venue Duration Days Times Dates Price Discount
1 St. Patrick's Gateway Centre WATERFORD 10 Weeks Tuesdays 11.30am-2pm 14 January - 24 March 2020 € 250 € 225

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.

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)
Introduction to Classical Drawing Course

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