Classical Art Atelier

Portrait Drawing

2-Day Portrait Drawing Workshop using Pencil and Charcoal

This 2-day intensive workshop introduces you to drawing the classical portrait in pencil and charcoal, covering all of the technical and aesthetic aspects of portrait drawing, from the structure and anatomy of facial features to achieving likeness and creating expression. 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.

Our Classical Portrait Drawing Workshops with Adrian Cooke will be held at UCC, CORK, on Saturday and Sunday, 28-29 March 2020, and at Garter Lane Arts Centre, WATERFORD, on Saturday and Sunday, 23-24 May 2020.

Description

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
Features
  • Live model(s)
  • Basic materials included*
  • 10% off art supplies
  • Handouts
  • Practical exercises
  • Demonstrations
  • Slide & video presentations

*Students will be required to bring certain materials.

Workshop Details

The Classical Portrait Drawing Workshops will be held in Cork and Waterford this Spring 2020.

# Venue Duration Days Times Dates Price
1 UCC CORK 2 Days Sat.-Sun. 10am-5pm each day 28-29 March 2020 € 200
2 Garter Lane Arts Centre WATERFORD 2 Days Sat.-Sun. 10am-5pm each day 23-24 May 2020 € 200

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. But if you are booking accommodation, you may want to consider taking out travel insurance to cover any cancellation costs.

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

Pencils
  • 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
Paper
  • Stonehenge Paper: White, 18x24in
  • Canson Mi-Tientes Pastel Paper: Moonstone, Single Sheets 55x75cm
    or Daler Canford Paper: Dreadnought Grey, A3 or A2 size
Accessories
  • Kneadable Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Skewer or Knitting Needle
  • Tombow Mono Zero Eraser (optional)
  • Maulstick (optional)
Classical Portrait Drawing Workshop

Start learning the methods and techniques of the Masters

Enrol Now