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CLASSICAL DRAWING & PAINTING
COURSES & WORKSHOPS SPRING 2020

This Spring 2020, we are celebrating our 5th Birthday!

Our programme of courses and workshops run at major arts and educational institutions across the south of Ireland, each one following the clear step-by-step 'classical' method, which has underpinned artistic practice since the Renaissance.

Classical drawing and painting favour order, beauty, harmony and completeness. They follow principles that emerged in ancient classical civilizations and rely on methods and techniques that render subject matter in a realistic style. Perfected and codified during the Renaissance, these skills and ideas around design, line, value and form became the bedrock of artistic practice for many centuries.

Painting Drawing
COPYING THE 19th-CENTURY NUDE 5-WEEK COURSE
WATERFORD: Mon. 7-9.30pm, from 20 April
KILKENNY: Fri. 10am-12.30pm, from 24 April
WEXFORD: Mon. 10am-12.30pm, from 27 April
Price: € 150

Copying master paintings is one of the best ways to improve one’s painting skills, whether one is an established artist or a beginner. Painting the human figure offers the greatest scope for dealing with gesture, proportion and subtle colour. This short intensive course starts with learning the principles of academic oil painting.

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COURS DE DESSIN 5-WEEK DRAWING COURSE
CORK: Tues. 7-9.30pm, from 21 April
TRAMORE: Wed. 2-4.30pm, from 22 April
Price: € 125

Charles Bargue’s Cours de dessin was designed to instruct art students in the methods and techniques of classical drawing, and was commissioned by the French government in the 1860s in an effort to preserve traditional artistic practices. This course follows a clear and methodical approach to drawing, starting with schematic sketches and finishing with perfectly rendered drawings.

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Classical Painting

"The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands." - Leonardo da Vinci

ALLA PRIMA PORTRAIT PAINTING 2-DAY WORKSHOP
Duration: 2 Days
CORK: Sat. & Sun., 22-23 February 2020
WATERFORD: Sat. & Sun., 21-22 March 2020
Price: € 200

This two-day intensive workshop focuses on the alla prima method of portrait painting. Alla prima (or 'at the first') is a direct painting method where paint is applied wet-in-wet and the painting is completed in a single session. The first day will be spent learning the method and working from photo reference, and on the second day you will paint from the life model.

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ENLIGHTENED FIGURE PAINTING 3-DAY WORKSHOP
Duration: 3 Days
WATERFORD: Fri.-Sun., 03-05 April 2020
Price: € 300

The 18th-century 'Age of Enlightenment' heralded many new ideas and a more rational style of painting, known as Neoclassicism, which echoed the spirit of revolution in Europe.

In this three-day oil painting workshop, you will be introduced to the painting practices of these neoclassical masters, and the academic methods and techniques that are currently being taught in Florence and other major realist art centres.

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TOWARDS IMPRESSIONIST PAINTING 3-DAY WORKSHOP
Duration: 3 Days
CORK: Fri.-Sun., 08-10 May 2020
Price: € 300

By the end of the 19th century, some painters straddled two worlds: the grand manner derived from Classicism, and a looser bravura style that leaned more towards Impressionism. This 3-day master copy painting workshop focuses on the works of such painters: Zorn, Sorolla and Sargent.

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Classical Drawing

"Drawing includes three and a half quarters of the content of painting...
Drawing contains everything, except the hue." - Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

PORTRAIT DRAWING
2-DAY WORKSHOP
with ADRIAN COOKE
Duration: 2 Days
CORK: Sat. & Sun., 28-29 March 2020
WATERFORD: Sat. & Sun., 23-24 May 2020
Price: € 200

This intensive workshop introduces you to drawing the classical portrait in pencil, 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. You will work from photo on Saturday and from life model on Sunday.

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COURS DE DESSIN
5-WEEK DRAWING COURSE
with ADRIAN COOKE
Duration: 5 Weeks
CORK: Tuesdays 7-9.30pm, 21 April - 19 May 2020
TRAMORE: Wednesdays 2-4.30pm, 22 April - 20 May 2020
Price: € 125

Charles Bargue’s Cours de dessin was designed to instruct art students in the methods and techniques of classical drawing, and was commissioned by the French government in the 1860s in an effort to preserve traditional art practices as modern art movements began to abandon the old academic style. This 5-week introductory course follows a clear and methodical approach to drawing, starting with schematic sketches and finishing with perfectly rendered drawings.

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Classical Art Atelier

Est. 2015

Adrian Cooke Classical Art Atelier offers morning and evening courses, and weekend and summer workshops, in classical drawing and painting in the south of Ireland - at venues in Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.

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

We've teamed up with Cork Art Supplies to give you a 10% discount on all your art supplies for 12 months when you enrol for any one of our courses or workshops!

Find out what our students have to say, and read our testimonials.

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Adrian Cooke

Director & Principal 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.

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Our courses and workshops are held at most of the major arts and educational centres in the south of Ireland.

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