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10-Week Life Drawing Course

Life Drawing Methods & Techniques in Pencil and Charcoal

Drawing the human figure from life is perhaps the most challenging subject an artist can face. This 10-week course shows you 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 approached the figure, familiarity with working with a live model, and many basic drawing skills, producing a finely rendered figure drawings by the end of the ten weeks.

Our 10-Week Life Drawing Courses with Adrian Cooke will be held at St. Patrick's Gateway Centre, WATERFORD, starting Monday 13 January 2020, and at University College Cork, CORK CITY, starting Tuesday 14 January 2020.

Structure & Anatomy

You will study the structure and anatomy of the human body using exercises, master copies, and photographic references, and developing your 'visual memory'. You will also become acquainted with some typical poses and proportions, and practise working with the block-in and the two-sided form.

Gesture & Expression

You will work on gesture studies with the live model, helping you to develop your sense for rhythm, movement and expression, and understanding the effect of gesture. You will also be introduced to perspective and foreshortening using block forms and geometric models in different positions and angles, and different methods of measurement.


You will also be shown how to recreate the effect of light and shadow on the model under classical lighting conditions, creating tone and tonal progressions. Handling your materials to get the best results - line work, shading, textures, light and shadow.

Course Details

Our Life Drawing Courses will be held in Waterford and Cork starting this January 2020.
See details below, or contact us to find out more and to enrol.
Receive a 10% discount when you book before Friday, 13 December 2019!

# Venue Duration Day Time Dates Price
1 St. Patrick's Gateway Centre, WATERFORD 10 weeks Mondays 7-9.30pm 13 January - 23 March 2020 € 250
2 O'Rahilly Building, UCC, CORK 10 weeks Tuesdays 7-9.30pm 14 January - 24 March 2020 Fully Booked

Important Notes

  • 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

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.

This kind of education in classical realist drawing and painting is just not available in mainstream third-level art colleges here in Ireland, so it was necessary for me to look elsewhere, at specialised international fine art academies, to learn these traditional painting and drawing techniques and practices. Hopefully, in turn, my school and I can now provide this much sought after training for other artists. Adrian Cooke, Artist and Director at Classical Art Atelier

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.

Materials List

Drawing Course

Basic materials including cartridge paper and newsprint paper will be provided by the academy. 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 course, 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)
10-Week Life Drawing Courses

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