Classical Art Atelier

Classical Portrait Drawing

10-Week Course in Portrait Drawing

This 10-week course introduces you to drawing the classical portrait. 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. This course covers all of the technical and aesthetic aspects of portrait drawing in several media (graphite, charcoal, and Conté), from the structure and anatomy of facial features to achieving likeness and creating expression to a historical overview of the portrait as it developed from the Renaissance.

This course will be running in two different venues - in Limerick and Waterford - beginning this September 2017. Please see venues, dates, and details below.


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 model
  • All materials included
  • 10% off art supplies
  • Detailed hand-outs
  • Practical exercises
  • Demonstrations
  • Slide & video presentations
  • Refreshments provided

Course Details

The Classical Portrait 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 Belltable Arts Centre
Limerick City
10 Weeks Thursday 10.00am - 12.30pm 28 September - 07 December 2017 € 250
2 Classical Art Atelier
Dunhill, Co. Waterford
10 Weeks Saturday 10.00am - 12.30pm 23 September - 02 December 2017 € 250

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

Classical Portrait Drawing Course

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