Many drawing courses came out of the 19th century but Charles Bargue’s Cours de dessin (or ‘Drawing Course’) is the most well-known and enduring of these. Studied by artists as famous as Van Gogh and Picasso, the course was used as a primer to gain admittance into art school or to raise the skill of an artist privately.
The course consists of drawings after classical sculpture, master drawings, and preparations for academic figure drawing. The purpose of these exercises is to study accuracy, line and form, and to help you develop your hand, to widen your visual vocabulary, and to refine your taste along classical lines. In this 2-day drawing workshop, you will be introduced to these exercises and shown the methods and techniques required to complete them.
“The careful study, the constant and repeated drawing of Bargue’s Cours de Dessin has given me more insight into figure drawing… What used to seem to me to be desperately impossible is now gradually becoming possible.”
– Vincent Van Gogh (1853-90)
Bargue’s Cours de dessin has become a standard teaching and learning tool at all of the realist art academies in Florence and around the world. In this workshop, you will be shown the tools and materials used ay these academies, as well as the best practices and useful tips that they expound.
St. Patrick’s Gateway Centre, Patrick Street, Waterford City
Instructor: Adrian Cooke
Media: Pencil and charcoal
Class Size: 6 students max. (limited places)
Price: € 200