Established in 2015, Adrian Cooke Classical Art Atelier attracts students, amateur and professional alike, who are interested in learning the traditional ‘atelier’, or studio, methods and techniques of drawing and painting. This classical method is suitable for artists who are trying to reconnect with the traditional drawing and painting practices of the Old Masters.
Weekend and summer painting workshops include copying the 19th century nude, Baroque master painting, and classical portrait painting. Longer drawing courses cover figure and portrait drawing, as well as the famous and fabled Bargue-Gérôme Cours de dessin. Courses range from two and three days, to full semesters, and exclusive workshops can be arranged by appointment. Outreach programmes are also available at most of the main arts centres in the south of Ireland. See the website for full details. Tutors have trained and worked at realist art academies in Florence and elsewhere in Europe.
As well as being a guide to traditional studio practices, these courses and workshops also aim to contribute to your own work, regardless of your individual style. By investigating the four key components that comprise almost all visual art, design, line, value and form you can apply what you have learned. By improving your technical skills and gaining a greater understanding of these timeless principles, you will be able to see your own work in a new light.
The main studio is situated in the village of Dunhill, in County Waterford. From here, the Anne Valley walking trail will bring you to the stunning Copper Coast. This stretch of coastline and the Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare are the only UNESCO Global Geoparks in Ireland. Steeped in history and surrounded by countryside, this is just the location to draw your inspiration from.