Classical Art Atelier
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Our Spring programme offers weekend workshops in a variety of media - from pencil and charcoal to oil and watercolour - all championing the same timeless principles and techniques of classical drawing and painting.

Since the Renaissance, artists have worked in a wide range of media, not only keeping pace with and pioneering the development of new tools and technologies but also seeking to achieve different artistic and expressive ends. The classical style and method was defined by how these media were used....and this still remains true today. We hope that you enjoy the rich diversity of our workshops this Spring!

Oil Pencil & Charcoal Watercolour

Oil Painting

With Brian Smyth

Duration: 3-Day Workshop
Fee: € 300
Workshop A: St. Patrick's Gateway Centre WATERFORD 12-14 April 2019
Workshop B: C.I.T. Grand Parade CORK 26-28 April 2019

An introduction to academic portrait painting practices in oils, and some of the principles and techniques currently being taught at realist painting academies in Florence.

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Brian Smyth

Brian Smyth, artist and tutor at the Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy, presents TWO weekend workshops in the academic painting practices in oils, demonstrating the methods and techniques currently being taught at the realist paintings of Florence.

Brian Smyth is an award-winning graduate of the Crawford College of Art and Design. He has had several succesful solo exhibitions in Dublin and London and has participated in and curated many group exhibitions. He has completed many private commissions, including a 14-painting Stations of the Cross commission for a church restoration project in his native Co. Cork. Brian has his works in many private and public collections and continues to develop his technique, to exhibit his paintings and to work on portrait commissions.

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Drawing in Pencil & Charcoal

With Adrian Cooke

Duration: 2-Day Workshop
Dates: 27-28 April 2019
Fee: € 150
Venue: St. Patrick's Gateway Centre WATERFORD

This workshop covers all of the technical and aesthetic aspects of portrait drawing, from the structure and anatomy of facial features to achieving likeness and creating expression.

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Duration: 2-Day Workshop
Dates: 11-12 May 2019
Fee: € 175
Venue: Nano Nagle Place CORK

Drawing the human figure from life is perhaps the most challenging subject an artist can face. This workshop shows you the classical approach to life drawing, following a manageable step-by-step procedure and slowly unravelling this complex subject matter.

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Adrian Cooke

Adrian Cooke focuses on classical portrait drawing in pencil and charcoal this Spring. These workshops are suitable for anyone who is interested in learning or improving their drawing skills. Whether you're a complete beginner, an art student or graduate, or a professional artist, this timeless 'classical' approach to drawing will benefit you.

Adrian comes from a family of visual artists who influenced and mentored him through his formative years. He is a largely self-taught visual artist. He has selected areas of study and interest, such as the classical atelier method, to inform the style and ethos of his work. He works predominantly in traditional drawing and painting media, regarding these fundamental skills and techniques as essential building blocks in his work. His style, however, would be better described as Abstract Realism. His first exhibition was a series of classical portraits and master copy drawings at 33 The Mall, Waterford, in 2014.

"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)

Watercolour Painting

With Mary Dillon

Duration: 3-Day Workshop
New Dates: 26-28 April 2019
Fee: € 300
Venue: St. Patrick's Gateway WATERFORD

In this three-day introduction to botanical watercolour painting, Mary Dillon will guide you through her process of capturing the very essence of the plant - its beauty, frailty, strength and intimacy, in a scientifically truthful manner. This workshop is suitable for newcomers to botanical art, as well as offering new tips to more experienced botanical artists.

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Mary Dillon

Award-winning Irish botanical artist, Mary Dillon, is known for capturing the essence of a plant through its sensuality and frailty. Mary’s evocative use of deep colour in her paintings, many of which are held in collections worldwide, brings a certain joy to the heart.

Mary was awarded Gold Medal and Best in Show in Botanical and Floral Art at Bloom, Dublin, 2016, and Gold and Silver Medals at Bloom, 2017. She has been elected an Associate Member of the Society of Botanical Artists, UK and a member of the Watercolour Society of Ireland. She was the founding chairperson of the Irish Society of Botanical Art.

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