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WINTER 2017-18

Our courses and workshops are available at our main studio in Waterford as well as at most of the major arts centres across the south of Ireland.

Please see our list of courses and workshops below, starting this September 2017.

10% Art Supplies Discount!

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!

Duration: 10-Week Course
Fee: € 225
Venues: Wexford & Waterford

A general introductory course that covers the fundamental methods and techniques of classical drawing.

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Duration: 10-Week Course
Fee: € 300
Venues: Cork, Tipperary & Waterford

A comprehensive study of the human figure over two semesters. Live models included. Part 1 from Sept. to Dec. 2017.

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Duration: 3-Day Workshop
Fee: € 300
Venue: Waterford

Classical painting techniques with Brian Smyth, artist and tutor at Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy.

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Duration: 10-Week Course
Fee: € 250
Venues: Limerick & Waterford

This course introduces you to the classical portrait, covering all of the technical and aesthetic aspects of portrait drawing.

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Duration: 2-Day Workshop
Fee: € TBC
Venue: Waterford

This oil painting workshop introduces you to the classical portrait and how the Old Masters worked.

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Duration: 10-Week Course
Fee: € 200
Venues: Kilkenny & Waterford

This famous and fabled 19th-century drawing course has been studied by master artists like Van Gogh and Picasso.

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"I would readily apply the term ‘classical’ to all well-ordered works which satisfy the mind, not only by an accurate, noble, or lively rendering of sentiments and objects, but also by their unity and logical arrangements; in short, by all those qualities which enhance the impression by creating a final simplicity."

Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863)


Read what our students say

Great course. Thanks Adrian. Veronica McKevitt
I loved the class. It has given me a new lease of life, and I am seeing everything in a new light. Deirdre Falconer
A super workshop…with excellent tuition and hand-outs. I can recommend highly. Thank you so much. Margaret M. O'Brien
A fantastic weekend of learning. I really enjoyed the was exactly what I wanted. Thanks for the reading material. Paula Shanahan
I really learned a lot at the weekend workshop and definitely want to do more of your classes. It was very well planned, with just the right balance of theory and practice, and the notes to take away will be very useful. Eileen O'Carroll
I have to say that this was an excellent course. What impressed me most was the amount of preparation put into it. It was so good to see the course objectives clearly stated and with defined timelines. I think you set the right balance between 'tell' and 'do'. Also good support to all on the practical work. Thanks again, I'm inspired to keep practising! Carol Prowse


As well as our main studio in Waterford, we also run courses and workshops in most of the major arts centres in the south of Ireland.

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The Atelier Method

Traditionally, the training a young artist received followed a set course, usually lasting four years, under the supervision and tutelage of a master artist at his atelier (or ‘studio’).

In the first year, the student apprentice copied master drawings and plaster casts using charcoal on paper. In year two, he would transfer his skills to live models. In year three, he would continue the same work but now using a black-and-white palette of oil paint known as grisaille, which allowed him to become acquainted with this new medium. Finally, in year four, he would use full palette of colour. This became known as ‘the atelier method’.

Until the mid to late nineteenth century, classical methods and techniques continued to be the standard by which art was taught and judged, and art academies modelled their tuition on this traditional atelier training.

Classical Drawing

Classical drawing is not so much a style but rather an approach to drawing that favours order, beauty, harmony and completeness. It follows principles that emerged from ancient classical civilizations and relies 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.

Classical Realism

Although Modern Art triumphed over the academic style, many of its greatest figures - Van Gogh, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso - were classically trained. In the 1960s, Classical Realism - a new style based on the old tradition - emerged, and since then there has been a growing resurgence of interest in these traditional methods and techniques of drawing and painting.

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