Classical Art Atelier
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Adrian Cooke Classical Art Atelier

Established in 2015, Adrian Cooke's Classical Art Atelier offers morning and evening courses and weekend and summer workshops in classical drawing and painting in the south of Ireland.

These courses and workshops are suitable for anyone who is interested in learning or improving their skills in drawing and painting. So whether you're a complete beginner, an art student, or a more experienced amateur or professional artist, this timeless 'classical' approach to drawing and painting will benefit you.

The classical method is proving to be more and more popular today, as many artists are trying to reconnect with traditional methods and techniques.

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Drawing Courses
Painting Courses
  • Introduction to Classical Painting
  • Master Copy Painting: The 19th-Century Nude
  • Baroque Master Copy Painting
  • Classical Portrait Painting
  • Alla Prima Portrait Painting
  • Plein Air Landscape Painting
  • Still Life Painting
  • Figure Painting from Life
  • Dutch Golden Age Painting
  • Botanical Watercolour Painting
"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

Classical Art Atelier is such a gift at a time when it is extremely difficult to find quality guidance in the arts. The instructors are both supportive and encouraging. I feel so much is now open to me... a clear understanding of what can be achieved. Mari Lynch
A marvellous weekend of intensive painting! Brian is an excellent teacher with a wealth of knowledge. I learned a lot from this, and look forward to putting it into practice. Kevin Power
A super workshop…with excellent tuition and hand-outs. I can recommend highly. Thank you so much. Margaret M. O'Brien
Delighted to be attending the figure drawing course again this Autumn. Adrian is a wonderful teacher, and the one-to-one critique is invaluable. And it's great to have a live model to draw. Jacqueline Bates-Gartlan
Thank you Brian for sharing your knowledge freely. You made the workshop informative and progressive. Christopher Heaphy
I loved the class. It has given me a new lease of life, and I am seeing everything in a new light. Deirdre Falconer
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
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Adrian Cooke

Managing Director & Classical Drawing Instructor

Born in Annestown, Co. Waterford, Ireland, in 1977, Adrian is largely self-taught, selecting 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 an essential part of his work as an artist. His style, however, would be better described as Abstract Realism. His first exhibition was a series of portraits and master copy drawings at 33 The Mall, Waterford, in 2014.

Music & The Arts

His early training was in classical music however, and he earned a BA in Music at Waterford Institute of Technology (1997-2001), and continued to further his piano education at Royal Irish Academy of Music (2004-06). He continues to play and study piano. The rigorous training demanded by classical music, his studies in music composition, and the cross-overs between music and art, have formed an essential part of his ethos and approach to his work as a visual artist.

Art Training

Adrian comes from a family of visual artists who influenced and mentored him through his formative years. He began classical drawing at The Drawing Studio, Merrion Square, Dublin (2012) and has also trained in pottery and ceramics at Dyehouse Gallery & Pottery, Waterford (2003) and Grenan Mill Craft School, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny (2003-04). He continues to pursue his own studies in classical drawing and painting at home and abroad.



We run courses and workshops at most of the major arts centres in the south of Ireland.

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