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

Adrian Cooke has been working as an artist for over 25 years, initially pursuing an education and career in classical music - piano and music composition (1996-2002), and later spending 10 years working in graphic design.

Largely a self-taught visual artist, he began his training in classical drawing and painting in 2012, taking courses at The Drawing Studio, Dublin, Vitruvian Studio, Chicago, and Watts Atelier in California. He is continuing to study classical painting at the Florence Academy of Art this year. His first exhibition was a series of classical portraits and master copy drawings at 33 The Mall, Waterford, in 2014.

This kind of education in classical realist drawing and painting is just not available in mainstream third-level art colleges here in Ireland, so it was necessary for me to look elsewhere, at specialised international fine art academies, to learn these traditional painting and drawing techniques and practices. Hopefully, in turn, my school and I can now provide this much sought after training for other artists. Adrian Cooke, Artist and Director at Classical Art Atelier

In 2015, Adrian established his own private art school, Classical Art Atelier, which operates at most major arts and education venues across the south of Ireland. He has been teaching there for the last 5 years, and his school has enrolled several hundred students to date from all kinds of artistic backgrounds, both amateur and professional, and from all over Ireland and abroad.

Adrian works predominantly in traditional drawing and painting media, regarding these fundamental skills and techniques as essential building blocks for his own work. His artistic style, though, would be better described as Abstract Realism.

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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