Classical Portrait Drawing
10-Week Portrait 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.
Our Classical Portrait Drawing Courses with Adrian Cooke will be held at Wexford Arts Centre, WEXFORD, starting Monday 13 January 2020, and at St. Patrick's Gateway Centre, WATERFORD, starting Tuesday 14 January 2020.
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(s)
- Basic materials included*
- 10% off art supplies
- Practical exercises
- Slide & video presentations
*Students will be required to bring certain materials.
The Classical Portrait Drawing Courses will be held in Wexford and Waterford this January 2020.
Receive a 10% discount when you book before Friday, 13 December 2019!
|1||Wexford Arts Centre WEXFORD||10 Weeks||Mondays||10am-12.30pm||13 January - 30 March 2020||€ 275|
|2||St. Patrick's Gateway Centre WATERFORD||10 Weeks||Tuesdays||11.30am-2pm||14 January - 24 March 2020||€ 275|
- There will be a break for two weeks during the Wexford course (Monday, 10 & 17 February 2020).
- 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
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.
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
- 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
- Skewer or Knitting Needle
- Tombow Mono Zero Eraser (optional)
- Maulstick (optional)