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CLASSICAL DRAWING & PAINTING
COURSES & WORKSHOPS 2019-20

Drawing Painting Masterclass Study Abroad

Our 2019-20 Programme offers a wide range of courses and workshops in Classical Drawing and Painting - in different genres, media, and locations - we have something to suit everyone!

** We're offering a 10% DISCOUNT for early bookings on all of our regular drawing and painting workshops. Don't miss out, BOOK EARLY! **

As well as the many long courses and shorter weekend workshops we offer in Cork, Galway, Waterford and elsewhere, this September, we're also launching our very first Online Course - Classical Portrait Drawing - with over 10 hours of video tutorials and great content to download.

We have a new Masterclass Series which begins with a 2-Day Master Portrait Drawing Workshop with celebrated portrait artist, Svetlana Cameron, in October this year.

We're now also offering you the opportunity to Study Abroad so that you can completely immerse yourself in the culture and artistic heritage of the Old Masters and study with some of Europe's finest art instructors. This November, we will travel to Paris for a full week of French Classical Figure Drawing with Sébastien Jupille from the Paris Academy of Art and enjoy exclusive access to draw at the Louvre Museum as well as many other cultural highlights.

Finally, through our new joint partnership programme with the Dutch Atelier of Realist Art in Haarlem, Dutch-Irish Artists Exchange, you'll also have the chance to travel to the Netherlands and study Rembrandt's Late Self-Portraits for five days with Thomas Langeveld, while enjoying outings to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and other artistic gems, in March 2020.

Drawing

"Drawing includes three and a half quarters of the content of painting...
Drawing contains everything, except the hue." - Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

CLASSICAL PORTRAIT DRAWING WORKSHOP
with ADRIAN COOKE
Duration: 2-Day Workshop
Dates: 06-07 July 2019
Venue: Galway Arts Centre GALWAY
Price: € 200
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This 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.

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SUMMER WORKSHOP ESSENTIAL DRAWING SKILLS
with ADRIAN COOKE
Duration: 2-Day Summer Workshop
Dates: 15-16 July 2019
Venue: Nano Nagle Place CORK
Price: € 200
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Learn the fundamental skills and techniques of classical drawing and painting this summer. Choose drawing or painting or both workshops!

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ONLINE PORTRAIT DRAWING COURSE
with ADRIAN COOKE
Duration: 10+ hours
Where: Online
Price: € 100

With over 10 hours of video tutorials as well as supplementary notes and diagrams to download, this online course guides you through every step of drawing a portrait from life. Demonstrating the portrait drawing in real time, almost every pencil mark is shown and explained. Extra segments on the structure and anatomy of the facial features, head, and shoulders, as well as general drawing skills and techniques, make this a fully comprehensive drawing course.

Work at your own pace and from the comfort of your home, with live chat support and critique if needed. This course will be available from September 2019.

LIFE DRAWING TECHNIQUES
10-WEEK COURSE
with ADRIAN COOKE
Duration: 10-Week Course
CORK: Tuesdays 6.30-9pm
17 Sept.-26 Nov. 2019

WATERFORD: Mondays 7-9.30pm
23 Sept.-02 Dec. 2019

Price: € 300
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Drawing the human figure from life is perhaps the most challenging subject an artist can face. This 10-week course introduces the classical approach to life drawing, following a manageable step-by-step procedure and slowly unravelling this complex subject matter. It will provide you with a good grounding in the structure and anatomy of the human body, an understanding of how the Old Masters worked, familiarity with working from a live model, and many basic drawing skills.

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MASTERCLASS
MASTER PORTRAIT DRAWING WORKSHOP
with SVETLANA CAMERON
Duration: 2-Day Workshop
Dates: 26-27 October 2019
Venue: Nano Nagle Place CORK
Price: € 250
BOOK EARLY & SAVE 10%: € 25 OFF

This 2-day masterclass, focused on portrait drawing in Conté and charcoal, will introduce you to Svetlana's ‘three-colour’ technique inspired by the Renaissance portrait drawing tradition. You will learn how to create life-like skin tones with a limited palette of only three colours – black, red and white, and discover different ways of handling the medium to achieve a range of realistic-looking textures.

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STUDY ABROAD
FRENCH CLASSICAL FIGURE DRAWING WORKSHOP
with SÉBASTIEN JUPILLE
Duration: 5-Day Workshop
Dates: 11-15 November 2019
Venue: Montparnasse PARIS
Price: € 750
DEPOSIT DUE BEFORE 31 August 2019

This is a fantastic opportunity of study French figure drawing of the past and present in the art capital of the world! Advance your life drawing skills in the studio under the guidance of Paris Academy of Art instructor, Sébastien Jupille. Explore the key 19th-century drawing courses, which remain as relevant now as they did in their own day. And with exclusive access to the Louvre Museum, spend one day copying its antique Greek and Roman sculptures that inspired preeminent neoclassical artists like Prud'hon and Ingres.

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International Workshops

Be inspired and travel to the very source of classical drawing and painting in Europe,
and join one of our international workshops.

Classical Art Atelier Paris
 
French Classical Figure Drawing Workshop

PARIS France, 15-19 November 2019
with Adrian Cooke and Sébastien Jupille

Study classical figure drawing in the French style at our leafy studio in the heart of Paris, and enjoy exclusive access to draw at the Louvre Museum, as we begin with the 'atelier method' of copying from sculpture casts. Learn the fundamental techniques of figure drawing with Adrian Cooke before practising advanced life drawing skills with Sébastien Jupille from the Paris Academy of Art.

Savour the magical atmosphere of Paris - the art capital of the world!

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Dutch-Irish Artists Exchange Haarlem
 
Rembrandt Late Self-Portraits Painting Workshop

HAARLEM Netherlands, 28 March - 2 April 2020
with Thomas Langeveld and Mischa Tranquilli

Discover Rembrandt van Rijn in his native land, in this quintessentially Dutch workshop with Thomas Langeveld, as our new partnership programme with the Dutch Atelier of Realist Art launches next year. This workshop focuses on Rembrandt's late self-portraits through master copy reproduction. Enjoy guided tours of the Frans Hals Museum and Teylers Museum in the medieval town of Haarlem, followed by a day-trip to Amsterdam to visit the world-famous Rijksmuseum.

Your trip will also coincide with the famous Keukenhof flower gardens festival.

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Painting

"The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands." - Leonardo Da Vinci

DUTCH GOLDEN AGE PAINTING WORKSHOP
with BRIAN SMYTH
Duration: 3-Day Workshop
Workshops: Nano Nagle Place CORK 14-16 June
and St. Patrick's Gateway WATERFORD 21-23 June 2019

Price: € 300

Dutch 17th-century genre paintings, often referred to as scenes of everyday life, encompass an enormous range of subject matter and have enjoyed tremendous popularity. Brian Smyth's 3-day workshop introduces you to the oil painting practices of the Dutch Masters, selecting from a variety of genre paintings to copy.

A resident artist and instructor at realist painting academies in Florence, Italy, Brian also regularly teaches at the Dutch Atelier of Realist Art in Haarlem, The Netherlands, giving him a strong affinity with this style and epoch.

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CLASSICAL PORTRAIT PAINTING WORKSHOP
with BRIAN SMYTH
Duration: 3-Day Workshop
Dates: 12-14 July 2019
Venue: Galway Arts Centre GALWAY
Price: € 300
BOOK EARLY & SAVE 10%: € 30 OFF
 
COMBINE & SAVE 20%!

Add our Classical Portrait Drawing Workshop 06-07 July in Galway and SAVE 20% on both workshops!

Working with a limited palette, this workshop begins with preliminary exercises such as master copy painting before graduating to two full days painting the life model. It also introduces you to the principles and techniques currently being taught at the realist painting academies in Florence and elsewhere.

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SUMMER WORKSHOP ESSENTIAL PAINTING SKILLS
with BRIAN SMYTH
Duration: 3-Day Summer Workshop
Dates: 17-19 July 2019
Venue: Nano Nagle Place CORK
Price: € 300
BOOK EARLY & SAVE 10%: Up to € 30 OFF
 
COMBINE & SAVE 20%!

Add Essential Drawing Skills 15-16 July in Cork and GET 20% OFF both workshops for the full week!

Learn the fundamental skills and techniques of classical drawing and painting this summer. Choose drawing or painting or both workshops!

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EN PLEIN AIR LANDSCAPE PAINTING WORKSHOP
with BRIAN SMYTH
Duration: 3-Day Workshop
Dates: 20-22 September 2019
Venue: Fota House & Gardens CORK
Price: € 300
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Create vivid and accurate painterly sketches directly from the motif this September. Learn the benefits of working sight-size and the methods and principles behind colour mixing, ensuring that colours stay true to their subject. Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens provide a splendid and tranquil setting, with no shortage of landscape vistas for painting.

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ALLA PRIMA PORTRAIT PAINTING WORKSHOP
with BRIAN SMYTH
Duration: 2-Day Workshop
CORK: 12-13 October 2019
WATERFORD: 19-20 October 2019
Price: € 250
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Alla prima (or 'at the first') relies on a method where the painting is completed in a single session while the paint is still wet, and encourages you to be aware of each brush stroke, seeking out a direct, concise and expressive application of paint. By this means, great control and dexterity in handling the paint is developed, leading towards the completion of expressive and realistic portraits.

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ITALIAN RENAISSANCE MASTER COPY PAINTING
with BRIAN SMYTH
Duration: 3-Day Workshop
CORK: 22-24 November 2019
WATERFORD: 29 November-01 December 2019
Price: € 300
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The faithful reproduction of a master painting has been a staple part of atelier training since the Renaissance, and still remains the standard practice of learning at realist painting academies in Florence and elsewhere. It is the best way of acquiring the skills and deep understanding of the techniques and aesthetics underlying extraordinary masterworks. This workshop focuses on the Italian masters including Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and Raphael.

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BOTANICAL WATERCOLOUR PAINTING WORKSHOP
with MARY DILLON
Duration: 3-Day Workshop
Dates: 06-08 September 2019
Venue: Nano Nagle Place CORK
Price: € 300
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In this three-day introduction to botanical watercolour painting, Mary Dillon will guide you through her process of capturing the very essence of the plant - its beauty, frailty, strength and intimacy, in a scientifically truthful manner. This workshop is suitable for newcomers to botanical art, as well as offering new tips to more experienced botanical artists.

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Masterclass

Master Portrait Drawing with Svetlana Cameron

MASTER PORTRAIT DRAWING WORKSHOP
with SVETLANA CAMERON
Duration: 2-Day Workshop
Dates: 26-27 October 2019
Price: € 250
BOOK EARLY & SAVE 10%: € 25 OFF
Venue: Nano Nagle Place CORK

This workshop, focused on portrait drawing, in Conté and charcoal, will introduce you to the ‘three-colour’ technique inspired by the Renaissance portrait drawing tradition. You will learn how to create life-like skin tones with a limited palette of only three colours – black, red and white, and discover different ways of handling the medium to achieve a range of realistic-looking textures.

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Svetlana Cameron
 

Svetlana Cameron is a Russian-born British portrait artist dedicated to the study and revival of classical art. Trained in the methods of the Old Masters, she is known internationally for commissioned oil portraits of distinguished people and delicate lifelike portraits of children in pastel.

Svetlana holds the title of a “Living Master” awarded to her in 2016 by the Art Renewal Centre (USA) and is included in the ARC online museum of realist art. Three of her official portraits are part of the UK national collection of oil paintings and are featured on ART UK.

She is a much sought-after portrait painter whose works can be seen in public and private collections worldwide. Notable sitters: General Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman KCB GBE (Royal Artillery Regiment), Natalia Osipova, Principal of the Royal Ballet, Clare Christian OBE, President of Tynwald, Tony Brown OBE, Speaker of Parliament of the Isle of Man, Robert Paterson, Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man (St German’s Cathedral).

Svetlana is based in East Sussex, UK, where she works out her private studio near Hastings. Visit www.svetlanacameron.com to see her work.

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