Classical Art Atelier

Classical Portrait Drawing

10-Week Drawing Course using Pencil and Charcoal

This 10-week course 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.

Starting in September, two 10-week courses will be available - one in Wexford and another in Kilkenny at the following venues:
- Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford (25 Sept. - 11 Dec.)
- St. Patrick's Centre, Loughboy, Kilkenny (26 Sept. - 05 Dec.)
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 models
  • 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 will be held at two different venues starting in September 2018.
See details below, or contact us to find out more and to enrol.

# Venue Duration Day Time Dates Cost
1 Wexford Arts Centre, WEXFORD 10 weeks Tuesdays 2.00 - 4.30pm 25 Sept. - 11 Dec. 2018 € 250
2 St. Patrick's Centre, KILKENNY 10 weeks Wednesdays 10.00am - 12.30pm 26 Sept. - 05 Dec. 2018 € 250

Important Notes

  • There will be a one-week break for Hallowe'en (30 & 31 October) at both venues, and further one-week break on the Wexford course (23 Oct.) to allow for Wexford Opera Festival.
  • 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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