Classical Art Atelier

5-Week Bargue Cours de dessin ('Drawing Course')

Discover the famous and fabled 19th-century French drawing course

Charles Bargue’s Cours de dessin was designed to instruct art students in the methods and techniques of classical drawing, and was commissioned by the French government in the 1860s in an effort to preserve traditional art practices as modern art movements began to abandon the old academic style. This 5-week introductory course follows a clear and methodical approach to drawing, starting with schematic sketches and finishing with perfectly rendered drawings.

Our Cours de dessin Drawing Courses will be held at UCC O'Rahilly Building, CORK, starting Tuesday, 21 April, and Coastguard Cultural Centre, TRAMORE, starting Wednesday, 22 April 2020.


Charles Bargue's Cours de dessin follows a very methodical procedure to classical drawing. Starting with schematic lines, and finishing with perfectly modelled form, you will work through several of the plates within his drawing course manual. This course includes the following:

  • Historical Overview of the 19th-Century Academic Tradition
  • Developing Schema for your Drawing
  • Understanding the Sight-Size Method
  • Master Drawing Reproduction
  • Measurement and Observation
  • Value and Modelling
  • Paper provided
  • 10% off Cork Art Supplies
  • Handouts
  • Practical exercises
  • Demonstrations
  • Slide & video presentations

Course Details

Our Cours de dessin Drawing Course will be held at UCC, Cork, and Tramore, Co. Waterford starting this April 2020. See details below, or contact us to find out more and to enrol.

# Venue Duration Day Time Dates Price
1 O'Rahilly Building, UCC, CORK 5 weeks Tuesdays 7-9.30pm 21 April - 19 May 2020 € 125
2 Coastguard Cultural Centre, TRAMORE 5 weeks Wednesdays 2-4.30pm 22 April - 20 May 2020 € 125

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)
  • Nitram Vine Charcoal
Paper (Provided)
  • Stonehenge Paper: White, 18x24in
  • Kneadable Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Skewer or Knitting Needle
  • Tombow Mono Zero Eraser (optional)
  • Maulstick (optional)
Cours de dessin Drawing Course

Leanr the fundamental methods and techniques of Classical Drawing

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