Classical Art Atelier

French Classical Figure Drawing

5-Day Workshop in Paris with Adrian Cooke and Sébastien Jupille
11-15 November 2019

Immerse yourself in art and culture with our 5-Day French Classical Figure Drawing Workshop in Paris from 11-15 November 2019. This workshop is perfect for all artists who are passionate about fine art and who wish to deepen their appreciation, understanding and practice of the French academic drawing tradition.

This is an all-encompassing experience that covers every facet of figure drawing and literally follows in the footsteps of the preeminent French neoclassical masters!

  • Explore 19th-century French drawing and its history
  • Copy the antique Greek and Roman sculptures in the Louvre Museum  EXCLUSIVE ACCESS
  • Practice drawing from the live model in the studio
  • Learn advanced figure drawing skills and techniques with Sébastien Jupille, instructor from the Paris Academy of Art
  • Enjoy guided tours of the Louvre Museum and Musée d'Orsay

Our small group size ensures that you will receive the very best individual tuition. The week also embraces the culture and history of Paris, past and present, and is interwoven with art excursions, which will provide inspiration, variety and interest.

You can book the workshop on its own or opt for the full package which includes flights, travel connections and accommodation. All museum and sightseeing visits are included in either option.

** Please BOOK EARLY to guarantee your place on this very special workshop! **
Application and fees due before 30 September 2019.

Workshop Full Package Prices Gallery Instructors Materials
Pierre-Paul Prud'hon Standing Female Nude

Studio Workshop & Drawing at the Louvre

Adrian Cooke and Sébastien Jupille

Atelier (or 'Studio') Drawing
William-Adolphe Bouguereau Figure Drawing

Most of the workshop will take place at our studio in Montparnasse. The first two days will be spent learning and practising the basic structure and anatomy of the human body with Adrian Cooke, through a series of practical exercises. You will also work on drawings from Charles Bargue's famous French Drawing Course or Cours de dessin and complete a master copy drawing by one of the French master draughtsmen: Pierre-Paul Prud'hon or Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.

On Thursday and Friday, Sébastien Jupille, drawing instructor from the Paris Academy of Art, will lead the workshop, giving advanced instruction on drawing the figure from life. You will have a total of 12 hours with a live model.

Drawing at Musée du Louvre
Sculpture Gallery, Louvre Museum, Paris

Having referenced Charles Bargue's famous French Drawing Course or Cours de dessin, you will spend Wednesday morning in the Denon Wing of the Louvre Museum, drawing the antique Greek and Roman sculptures, which inspired Bargue's lithograph drawings.

A guided tour (one-and-a-half hours) of the museum will take place after lunch. You will then be free to spend the afternoon sightseeing.

Following the 5-day workshop, Saturday morning will be spent in Musée d'Orsay and includes an optional guided tour.

Full Package

Our full workshop package covers your entire experience: flights, accommodation, drawing workshops, museums visits and much more...

Flights & Travel

Return flights from Dublin to Paris Charles de Gaulle airports, and taxi connection to and from the airport and your hotel, form an essential part of the full package option. Travel insurance and additional luggage requirements are also included in this premier option.

All of your travel arrangements will be carefully managed by Adrian Cooke, coordinator, so you will be able to completely relax and enjoy your experience.


Seven nights hotel accommodation in Montparnasse (14th arrondissement of Paris) is included in the full package. Our studio is also located in the same area, making it an easy walk to and from your drawing class every day.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are not included in the price but typically, we will enjoy our meals together as a group.

Tuition, Materials & Equipment

The workshop consists of 4 full days of tuition in the studio with Adrian Cooke and Sébastien Jupille, including 12 hours drawing from a live model, and half a day drawing at the Louvre Museum followed by a guided tour of the museum. Each day runs from from 10am to 5pm with one hour for lunch.

The programme is carefully designed to suit artists of varying abilities and experience: from beginners with little experience, to intermediate artists who would like to improve their skills and techniques, to professional artists looking for a new challenges and insights.

Basic materials and equipment will be provided in the studio, and drawing boards for the Louvre visit. However, you will be expected to bring your own pencils, charcoals and other drawing tools.


There will be time to explore Paris during the week - its cafés, restaurants, and famous sights. We will also enjoy the city as a group, with visits to artistic haunts such as Café de Flore in Saint-Germain-des-Près.

Louvre Museum & Gallery Visits

A guided tour of the Louvre Museum will take place mid-week, which will provide you with lots of inspiration to enhance your classical drawing experience. On our final morning, Saturday, we will visit Musée d'Orsay.

Paris Workshop Details & Prices

Details and prices for our French Classical Figure Drawing Workshop in Paris this November are as follows.
Please contact us to find out more.

1 FULL PACKAGE Deposit Balance Workshop Flights & Hotel
€1,500 €750 deposit due
before 31 Aug.
€750 balance due
before 30 Sept.
Mon.11 - Fri.15 Nov. 2019
Studio 10am-5pm each day
Drawing at the Louvre
Dub-CDG Sun. 10 Nov.
CDG-Dub Sun. 17 Nov.
7 nights hotel B&B
Travel Insurance
Deposit Balance Workshop Flights & Hotel
€750 €375 deposit due
before 31 Aug.
€375 balance due
before 30 Sept.
Mon.11 - Fri.15 Nov. 2019
Studio 10am-5pm each day
Drawing at the Louvre
Not included

Important Notes

  • Deposits and fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
  • Classical Art Atelier reserves the right to cancel this workshop at any time if the minimum number of students required is not reached. In this event, your deposit and/or fee will be fully refunded.
  • If you opt for the Workshop Only Option, it is recommended that you take out insurance to cover travel costs in the event that this workshop is cancelled.

Meet The Instructors

Adrian Cooke

Adrian Cooke has been working as an artist for over 25 years, initially pursuing an education and career in classical music - piano and music composition (1996-2002), and later spending 10 years working in graphic design. Largely a self-taught visual artist, he began his training in classical drawing and painting in 2012, taking courses at The Drawing Studio, Dublin, Vitruvian Studio, Chicago, and Watts Atelier in California. He is continuing to study classical painting at the Florence Academy of Art this year. His first exhibition was a series of classical portraits and master copy drawings at 33 The Mall, Waterford, in 2014.

In 2015, Adrian established his own private art school, Classical Art Atelier, which operates at most major arts and education venues across the south of Ireland. He has been teaching there for the last 5 years, and his school has enrolled several hundred students to date from all kinds of artistic backgrounds, both amateur and professional, and from all over Ireland and abroad.

Adrian works predominantly in traditional drawing and painting media, regarding these fundamental skills and techniques as essential building blocks for his own work. His artistic style, though, would be better described as Abstract Realism.

Sébastien Jupille

Drawing instructor at the Paris Academy of Art, Sébastien graduated from Olivier de Serres and ENSI les ateliers. He worked 4 years for Philippe Starck before becoming independent.

Always passionate about drawing, he decided in 2014 to invest more extensively in attending workshops at Grand Central Atelier in New York with Colleen Barry and Patrick Byrnes. It is also his meeting and his regular work with Kate Lehman, Craig Hanna and Travis Schlaht that allow him to reinforce his knowledge in painting and drawing.

Materials List

Drawing Workshop

Basic materials including cartridge paper and newsprint paper will be provided by the academy. Specific drawing boards will also be provided for the Louvre Museum drawing visit. However, you will need to bring a certain amount of drawing materials yourself. All materials and equipment are available at Cork Art Supplies, where you will be entitled to a 10% discount upon enrolling for this workshop, or at Jackson's Art Supplies UK

  • A range of pencils including
    2H, H, HB, B, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B
    (preferably Staedtler Mars Lumograph)
  • Staedtler Mars Lumograph Black 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B (optional)
  • Graphite Powder (optional)
  • Standard Carbon Pencils
Charcoals (optional)
  • Vine Charcoal (Nitram)
  • Willow Charcoal
  • Compressed Charcoal
  • Stonehenge Paper: White, 18x24in
  • Canson Mi-Tientes Pastel Paper: Moonstone, Single Sheets 55x75cm
    or Daler Canford Paper: Dreadnought Grey, A3 or A2 size
  • Kneadable Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Skewer or Knitting Needle
  • Tombow Mono Zero Eraser (optional)
  • Maulstick (optional)
French Classical Figure Drawing Workshop

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