Classical Art Atelier

Classical Drawing

5-Week Online Course with Adrian Cooke

Our new online drawing courses uses Zoom video-conferencing platform for our live weekly classes, supplemented with downloadable study notes and image references, and one-to-one student support and feedback from your instructor.

Each class will include many demonstrations, guiding you in detail through the drawing process, interaction and discussion about the drawing method and techniques, and practical exercises which can be submitted by email for individual appraisal. This course is suitable for beginners, and for any professional artists who wish to fortify their skills and knowledge.

Anyone who can learn to write, can learn to draw. Fessenden Nott Otis (1825-1900)

Classical Drawing: Subject Matter & Media Course covers the most common subject matter in classical drawing: the figure, the portrait, the still life, and the landscape, as well as examining and using different drawing media for each composition, from pencil and charcoal to Conté crayons and pen and ink. You will also be shown the standards by which drawing is taught at the major realist art academies in Florence and around the world.

Course Description | Learning Outcomes | Booking Details | Gallery | Materials & Equipment List

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Learn the Secrets of Classical Drawing Online

Classical Drawing: Subject Matter & Media Course begins on Monday, 9th November 2020, and runs for 5 weeks.

Two class times are available: Monday mornings or evenings. Please choose whichever time of day you'd prefer, and note that you cannot switch between class times.

  • Language: English
  • Time: Irish Standard Time (UTC+1)
  • Platform: Zoom
Morning Class

Classical Drawing
Online Course

10.00 - 11.30am (UTC+1)
Starting 9th November 2020

Evening Class

Classical Drawing
Online Course

19.00 - 20.30pm (UTC+1)
Starting 9th November 2020

Course Description

Learn How to Draw Using the Classical Method


Drawing is a basic facility that we already possess. This course, then, is about guiding you from that which you already know and can do – those instinctive and rudimentary marks that you made as a child and the fine dexterity that you exhibit in writing as an adult – and forging them with some new concepts and skills that will enable you to draw anything with greater confidence, accuracy, and expression.

Classical drawing is a formal or academic approach to drawing that helps you to see and draw your subject more easily and with greater understanding, transferring that image onto paper through a series of simple, logical and sequential steps. The principles that underpin this method were derived from the art, sculpture and architecture of antiquity (hence the term 'classical') by the Old Masters of the Renaissance, and have been used by artists ever since, transcending style and period.

This course examines the most common drawing media, paper, tools and equipment, and their uses, selecting different media for specific exercises: pencil, charcoal, pen and ink.

Learning to draw is really a matter of learning to see - to see correctly - and that means a good deal more than merely looking with the eye. Kimon Nicolaïdes (1891-1938)
  • Art Materials & Equipment
  • Desktop / Laptop / Tablet
  • Printer
  • Webcam
  • Internet Connection

You will need certain art materials and equipment to do this course. Please see Materials List below.

  • Live Demonstrations
  • Discussion / Q & A
  • Student Support via Email
  • Comprehensive Study Notes
  • High Resolution Images
  • Practical Assignments
  • Individual Feedback / Critique
Subject Matter

Figure, Portrait, Still Life & Landscape

The key elements of pictorial representation, be it drawing or painting, are: (1) design, (2) line, (3) value, and (4) form. These are the building blocks of your drawing, and you will be shown how to complete each stage sequentially, gradually constructing your drawing and adding greater detail and accuracy as you go.

You will be shown how to integrate and deploy all of these principles and elements, as well as your own intuitive and expressive predilections, in a fully-rendered composition: figure, portrait, still life or landscape.

You will complete different exercises that will help you to understand and practice these concepts:

  • Schematic design, proportions and placement
  • Line, contour, and shape, including line weight and direction
  • Value composition or matrix, shadow shapes, chiaroscuro, notan, major and minor keys
  • Form drawing, rendering or shading techniques including hatching, scumbling, circling, and veiling
Media & Composition

Pencil, Charcoal, Conté, Pen & Ink

We will be looking some of the most commonly used media for drawing, as well as some lesser used techniques like silverpoint. For each media, different supports and paper will be selected, including using toned paper and toning paper ourselves with ink wash. You will be introduced to different kinds of charcoal and typical ways of working with them, the three crayon approach to using Conté pencils and sticks, and how to control and optimise pen and ink drawings.

At this stage, you will quickly realise the value of the knowledge of classical principles when making choices about subject matter, lighting, placement, aesthetics, and much more. The method that you will have learned will help you organise any image - real or imagined - and render it as a realistic and competent drawing.

Drawing includes three and a half quarters of the content of painting... Drawing contains everything, except the hue. Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867)
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will have learned:

  • Sketch with greater confidence, optimising your intuitive response to subject matter
  • Understand and know how to apply the core principles of classical drawing to your artwork – design, line, value and form
  • Learn and use various drawing tips and techniques from the Old Masters
  • Know how to measure accurately, using comparative measurement and the sight-size method
  • Understand media and materials, and their uses
  • Practice working with different subject matter: still life, portrait, figure, landscape

Booking Details Classical Drawing Online

You can choose to do this course in the morning or in the evening, whichever you prefer - there are two class options every Monday.

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Learn the Secrets of Classical Drawing Online

Our 5-Week Classical Drawing Online Course begins on Monday, 9th November 2020. Please see course details, important information, and terms and conditions below, or contact us to discuss, email or call +353 (0)87 660 9644.

Morning Class

Classical Drawing
Online Course

10.00 - 11.30am (UTC+1)
Starting 9th November 2020

Evening Class

Classical Drawing
Online Course

19.00 - 20.30pm (UTC+1)
Starting 9th November 2020

Course Details
# Classical Drawing Course
Location Zoom - Online Video Conferencing Platform
Duration 5 Weeks
Class 90 minutes per week
Day Mondays (morning or evening)
Dates 9 Nov., 16 Nov., 23 Nov., 30 Nov. & 7 Dec. 2020
Times Morning Class
10.00 - 11.30 am
Evening Class
19.00 - 20.30 pm
Choose either morning or evening class All times shown are Irish Standard Time (UTC+1)
Instructor Adrian Cooke
Language English
Price € 100 EUR
Terms & Conditions

Please read this information before enrolling. By paying for this course, you are agreeing to our terms and conditions below.

  • Fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
  • You cannot switch between morning and evening classes. Once you have selected either the morning or evening class, you will not be able to change your class time.
  • All times are shown in Irish Standard Time (UTC+1). It is important that you know the correct class time as it relates to you. You will not be refunded for any confusion or mistake about this on your part.
  • 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 course fee will be fully refunded.

Materials & Equipment List


You will need a certain amount of art materials and equipment to help you do this course. Not everything on the list below is absolutely necessary - just make sure to have a basic supply of drawing materials, and the more specialist materials will be discussed during the course. Materials and accessories are available for purchase at Cork Art Supplies, where you will be entitled to a 10% discount when you enrol for this course. We also recommend Jackson's Art Supplies UK.

Pencils & Charcoals
  • Graphite Pencils
    from 2H to 6B
  • Conté Charcoal Pencils: Black, White & Sanguine or Sepia
  • Nitram Charcoal
  • Willow Charcoal
  • Compressed Charcoal
  • Indian & Chinese Ink and quill pen
  • Kneadable Eraser
  • Plastic or Gum Eraser
  • Tombow Mono Zero Eraser
  • Cartridge or Bond Paper
  • Watercolour Paper (Hot-Pressed)
  • Stonehenge Paper (White)
  • Canson Mi Teintes Toned (Moonstone) Paper
  • Strathmore 500 Series Toned Charcoal Paper
  • Easel (table, portable or studio)
  • Hard drawing board
  • Ruler
  • Masking Tape
  • Skewer or Knitting Needle
  • Mahlstick
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