Classical Art Atelier

Classical Portrait Drawing

2-Day Weekend Drawing Workshop using Pencil and Charcoal

This 2-day workshop introduces you to drawing the classical portrait in pencil and charcoal, covering all of the technical and aesthetic aspects of portrait drawing, from the structure and anatomy of facial features to achieving likeness and creating expression. Even in our modern world, overflowing with photographic portrait images and 'selfies', the intimacy and aesthetic merits achieved by a simple portrait drawing still seduce us. Our Classical Portrait Drawing Workshop with Adrian Cooke will be held at Galway Arts Centre in GALWAY CITY on 06-07 July 2019.

BOOK EARLY & SAVE! Book before 15 June and SAVE 10%!
BOOK OUR TWO GALWAY WORKSHOPS Portrait Drawing (06-07 July) and Portrait Painting (12-14 July) and SAVE ANOTHER 10%!!
Find out more about our Classical Portrait Painting Workshop.
Book one or both of these workshops at Galway Arts Centre.


You will be shown all aspects of portrait drawing, starting with the technical attributes of drawing the face and head, and then beginning to explore the more expressive qualities of this human subject. You will also have the opportunity to put your learning into practise by drawing a model from life. Some of the subject areas covered include:

  • Approach to Classical Portraiture
  • Structure and Anatomy of the Head for Artists
  • Detailed Study of Facial Features: Eyes, Nose, Mouth, Etc.
  • Working with Design, Line, Value and Form
  • Lighting Your Subject
  • Achieving Likeness and Expression
  • Live models
  • All materials included
  • 10% off art supplies
  • Detailed hand-outs
  • Practical exercises
  • Demonstrations
  • Slide & video presentations
  • Refreshments provided

Workshop Details

The Classical Portrait Drawing Workshop will be held at Galway Arts Centre, Galway City, on 06-07 July 2019.
See details and special offers below, or contact us to find out more and to enrol.

# Workshop Dates Times Full
1 Classical Portrait Drawing Workshop ONLY 06-07 July 2019 10am-5pm each day € 200 € 180
2 Classical Portrait Painting Workshop ONLY 12-14 July 2019 10am-5pm each day € 300 € 270
3 Classical Portrait Drawing AND Painting 06-07 AND 12-14 July 2019 10am-5pm each day € 450 € 400

Book one or both of these workshops at Galway Arts Centre.

Important Notes

  • You must book before 15 June 2019 to avail of the 10% early bird discount.
  • 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.

Classical Portrait Drawing Workshop

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