Classical Art Atelier

Classical Drawing

2-Day Workshop with Adrian Cooke

Drawing is a basic facility that we already possess.

This workshop, 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.

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

This 2-day workshop provides a solid entry point into classical drawing - its principles, methods and techniques - which has been the foundation for all artistic practice for centuries. You will be shown the standards by which drawing is taught at the major realist art academies in Florence and around the world. This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners, and for any professional artists who wish to fortify their skills and knowledge.

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

Fully Booked

Classical Drawing
Workshop

3rd & 4th 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

Learn How to Draw Using the Classical Method

Overview

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 workshop examines the most common drawing media, paper, tools and equipment, and their uses, selecting different media for specific exercises: pencil, charcoal, pen and ink. We will also spend time initially discussing the technical aspects of drawing, which are often overlooked:

  • Setting up your drawing - paper, board, easel, subject or model, and their lighting conditions
  • Sharpening pencils and charcoals properly, so that they're fit for purpose
  • Holding your pencil correctly and executing different drawing marks and effects
  • Learning how to measure comparatively and using the sight-size method

The principles, methods and techniques will be deployed and learned using three main areas: (1) Sketching, (2) Drawing, and (3) Composition.

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)
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.

 
Sketching

Using Your Intuition

Drawing has long been used as a tool for thought and investigation, and sketching is the opening statement in this process.

Sketching is a way of quickly jotting down visual information, like a kind of shorthand – the movement, gesture or rhythm of the subject, the general proportions, the texture, the feeling it conveys and the artist’s emotional response. Largely intuitive and subjective, your sketching skills and visual vocabulary can be developed so that you begin to include more accurate and relevant information.

You can’t do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh. John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)
 
Drawing

Learning Core Principles

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 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
 
Composition

Working With Subject Matter

Finally, 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: master copy drawing, still life, portrait, figure, or landscape.

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 – design, line, value and form
  • Use various drawing tips and techniques from master draughtsmen
  • Know how to measure accurately, using comparative measurement and the sight-size method
  • Understand media and materials, and their uses

Booking Details

Classical Drawing 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.

# Classical Drawing Workshop
Venue St. Patrick's Gateway Centre, Patrick Street, Waterford
Duration 2 Days
Dates 3rd & 4th September 2020 FULLY BOOKED
Time Thursday & Friday, 10.00am - 5.00pm
Instructor Adrian Cooke
Price € 200
Fully Booked

Classical Drawing
Workshop

3rd & 4th 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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