Classical Art Atelier

Bargue-Gérôme Cours de dessin

10-Week Classical Drawing Course from the 19th Century

In the middle of the 19th century, as Modern Art began to usurp academic traditions, the French government decided to commission a classical drawing manual that could be used by art students in the lycées (or ‘secondary schools’) and academies in an effort to preserve the skills of the Old Masters.

Charles Bargue’s Cours de dessin (or ‘Drawing Course’) was produced in collaboration with Jean-Léon Gérôme and was designed to instruct art students in the methods of classical drawing. By copying the 197 lithographs in the drawing manual, it prepared students for cast drawing and later, life or figure drawing; thus, it loosely reflects the first year of traditional atelier training. The course is divided into three parts: (1) drawing after casts, (2) original master drawings, and (3) series of traditional poses of a model, in preparation for life drawing.


Charles Bargue's Cours de dessin follows a very methodical procedure to classical drawing. Starting with schematic lines, and finishing with perfectly modelled form, you will work through several of the plates within his drawing course manual. This course includes the following:

  • Historical Overview of the 19th-Century Academic Tradition
  • Developing Schema for your Drawing
  • Understanding the Sight-Size Method
  • Master Drawing Reproduction
  • Measurement and Observation
  • Value and Modelling
  • All materials included
  • 10% discount on art supplies
  • Detailed hand-outs
  • Practical exercises
  • Demonstrations
  • Slide & video presentations
  • Refreshments provided

Course Details

The Bargue-Gérôme Cours de dessin (Drawing Course) is available at two different venues.
See the details of each below, or contact us to find out more and to enrol.

# Venue Duration Day Time Dates Cost
1 St. Patrick's Centre
Loughboy, Kilkenny City
10 Weeks Wednesday 10.00am - 12.30pm 27 September - 06 December 2017 € 200
3 Classical Art Atelier
Dunhill, Co. Waterford
10 Weeks Friday 10.00am - 12.30pm 29 September - 08 December 2017 € 200

NOTE: There will be a one-week break halfway through these courses for Hallowe'en.

Charles Bargue & Jean-Léon Gérôme Cours de dessin

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