Classical Art Atelier

Charles Bargue Cours de dessin

2-Day Workshop with Adrian Cooke

Many drawing courses came out of the 19th century but Charles Bargue’s Cours de dessin (or 'Drawing Course') is the most well-known and enduring of these. Studied by artists as famous as Van Gogh and Picasso, the course was used as a primer to gain admittance into art school or to raise the skill of an artist privately.

The course consists of drawings after classical sculpture, master drawings, and preparations for academic figure drawing. The purpose of these exercises is to study accuracy, line and form, and to help you develop your hand, to widen your visual vocabulary, and to refine your taste along classical lines. In this 2-day drawing workshop, you will be introduced to these exercises and shown the methods and techniques required to complete them.

The careful study, the constant and repeated drawing of Bargue’s Cours de Dessin has given me more insight into figure drawing... What used to seem to me to be desperately impossible is now gradually becoming possible. Vincent Van Gogh (1853-90)

Bargue's Cours de dessin has become a standard teaching and learning tool at all of the realist art academies in Florence and around the world. In this workshop, you will be shown the tools and materials used ay these academies, as well as the best practices and useful tips that they expound.

Workshop Description | Learning Outcomes | Gallery | Booking Details | Materials List

Fully Booked

Charles Bargue
Cours de dessin Workshop

17th - 18th September 2020

This workshop is now fully booked. If you would like to join the next one, please contact us below.

€ 200.00
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By paying the workshop fee, you are accepting our Terms and Conditions including our Coronavirus (Covid-19) Safety Policies & Guidelines. Please read this important information below before paying and enrolling for this workshop.

Workshop Description

Discover the Famous and Fabled 19th-Century French Drawing Course

Overview

Charles Bargue's Cours de dessin was first published in Paris in the 1860s, and was in fact commissioned by the French government in an attempt to promote and preserve traditional artistic practices and aesthetics. The course consists of 187 lithographs or drawings, which are designed to be perfectly copied by the student artist.

Part 1 contains drawings after classical sculpture casts. Drawing plaster casts had become a standard convention of artistic training in the 19th century. However, few artists could afford to buy or have access to these models, so Bargue’s plates served as an affordable alternative. Sculpture casts, and their drawings, have many benefits for the student including:

  • Simplified forms, as the sculptor has already figured them out
  • The object is still, which aids observation and measurement
  • The white plaster, lit with by single light source, makes values easier to read
  • The classical sculpture fosters appreciation and taste

Part 2 comprises exemplary drawings by master artists of the past. These serve to educate students in style, taste and refinement.

Part 3 is the final preparation of the student artist before s/he begins to draw from life, by illustrating typical and standard poses of the model in a schematic form.

Included
  • Paper and Basic Materials*
  • 10% Off Cork Art Supplies
  • Comprehensive Study Notes
  • Practical Exercises
  • Demonstrations
  • Slide Presentations

*You will need to bring certain art materials and equipment yourself. See Materials List below.

 
Drawing After Casts & Preparations for Drawing Académies

Day 1: Thursday

We will begin by learning what tools and materials are used - including paper, pencils, charcoals and erasers - and when, how and why to use them. Setting up your drawing, your board and easel, and your vantage point correctly are essential prerequisites for copying these drawings and for drawing the figure from life. You will also be shown the sight-size method, which is used in life drawing, and how to measure with a plumbline and make double-checks with a small mirror.

The purpose of doing these drawings is to capture proportion, gesture, and the shape of light and shadow, and how to define the outline or contour and core shadow line as accurately as possible.

On the first day, you will do two drawings: an easy beginner plate in order to learn the method involved, and a drawing of intermediate difficulty which will show you how to fully render a drawing. You will also be introduced to some of the schematic and gestural figure drawings of Part 3 of the course.

 
Academic Drawing: Copying Master Drawings

Day 2: Friday

On the second day, you will continue with an intermediate-level drawing, and conclude the workshop with one of the introductory master copy drawings.

Many of these drawings can take days and weeks to complete properly, and one of the important lessons of Bargue's course is to learn how to slow down, take your time, and develop patience and attention to detail.

Over the two days, you will learn the academic approach to drawing - observing and measuring schematic lines, creating outline and contour, separating light from shadow, and using different shading and hatching techniques to model form. You will also gain an understanding and appreciation of the historical context of Bargue's drawing course and the classical drawing tradition.

 

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Background and historical context of the course
  • Drawing tools, materials and equipment
  • How to measure proportions accurately
  • Using the sight-size technique
  • Create a schematic drawing and design
  • Craft beautiful contour
  • Handle edges and their quality
  • Light and shadow, and the value composition
  • Shading techniques: hatching, veiling, etc.
  • The procedure for modelling form

Booking Details

Charles Bargue Cours de dessin workshop will be held at St. Patrick's Gateway Centre, Waterford City, this September 2020. See details below or contact us to find out more.

# Charles Bargue Cours de dessin ('Drawing Course')
Venue St. Patrick's Gateway Centre, Patrick Street, Waterford
Duration 2 Days
Dates 17th & 18th September 2020
Time Thursday & Friday, 10.00am - 5.00pm each day
Instructor Adrian Cooke
Price € 200
Fully Booked

Charles Bargue
Cours de dessin Workshop

17th - 18th September 2020

This workshop is now fully booked. If you would like to join the next one, please contact us below.

€ 200.00
Contact Us

By paying the workshop fee, you are accepting our Terms and Conditions including our Coronavirus (Covid-19) Safety Policies & Guidelines. Please read this important information below before paying and enrolling for this workshop.
 

Terms & Conditions

Please ensure that you have read and understood our Coronavirus (Covid-19) Policies & Guidelines as well as our Refund Policy before enrolling or paying the workshop fee. You must also complete and submit our Covid-19 Consent & Liability Waiver Form on arrival at your workshop. Download Form

  • 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.

Materials List

DRAWING MATERIALS

Cartridge paper, newsprint paper, easels, boards and basic materials will be provided by the academy. However, you will need to bring a certain amount of art materials yourself. Materials, equipment 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, 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)
Charcoals
  • Nitram Vine Charcoal
Paper
  • Stonehenge Paper: White, 18x24in
Accessories
  • Kneadable Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Skewer or Knitting Needle
  • Tombow Mono Zero Eraser (optional)
  • Maulstick (optional)
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