Classical Art Atelier

Bargue-Gérôme Cours de dessin

National Drawing Day Saturday, 18 May 2019

1-Day Classical Drawing Workshop from the 19th Century

To mark National Drawing Day, Saturday 18th May 2019, Adrian Cooke Classical Art Atelier presents a 1-Day Classical Drawing Workshop: the famous and fabled 19th-century French Drawing Course (or Cours de dessin) produced by Charles Bargue and Jean-Léon Gérôme. This ambient learning experience will be held in the exquisite Captains’ Room of The Hunt Museum, and combines neoclassical art education with the spirit, architecture and interiors of the time.

Bargue’s Cours de dessin was designed to instruct art students in the methods and techniques of classical drawing, and was commissioned by the French government in the 1860s in an effort to preserve traditional art practices as modern art movements began to abandon the old academic style. The one-day workshop follows a clear and methodical approach to drawing, starting with schematic sketches and finishing with perfectly rendered drawings.

The Hunt Museum serves as the quintessential venue for this workshop, adding a historical and cultural context to your learning experience. Regarded as the most distinguished 18th-century Georgian building in Limerick, The Hunt Museum, formerly the Customs House, was designed by Italian architect, Davis Ducart, in 1765.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to reconnect with our rich artistic and cultural heritage in the heart of Limerick City, taking place on Saturday, 18 May 2019. Limited Places! Please BOOK EARLY to ensure a place on this workshop!


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% off art supplies
  • Handouts
  • Practical exercises
  • Demonstrations
  • Slide & video presentations

Workshop Details

The Bargue-Gérôme Cours de dessin Workshop will be held in Limerick City on 18 May 2019. See details below, or contact us to find out more and to enrol.

# Venue Duration Day Time Dates Cost
1 Hunt Museum, Rutland Street, LIMERICK 1 Day Saturday 10am - 5pm 18 May 2019 € 100 per person
€ 175 for 2 persons

Important Notes

  • 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.

About Adrian Cooke

Drawing Instructor

Coming from a rigorous formal training in classical music - piano and music composition - Adrian 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.

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