The Drawing School
practical courses for everyone
The Drawing School, Dublin (formerly The Drawing Studio), was founded in 2010.  It is now a leading school in practical artistic training, promoting skill in drawing.The Drawing School’s courses are based on relevant classical methods, but incorporate useful modernist and contemporary approaches. The aim is to improve ones discipline, skill and technique so the creative and artistic impulse can be expressed effectively. The school runs a popular full-time course and weekly classes in drawing. Intensive multiple-day classes are held throughout the year in painting and sculpture, as well as special events and lectures.We are located on the historic Merrion Square in the museum and gallery district of Dublin’s city centre.
1The Discipline of Drawing
WEEKLY PART-TIME COURSE

The Discipline of Drawing offers students an introduction to the cornerstones of good drawing; the core concepts, practical techniques and skills which equip a draughtsperson with the visual language through which they communicate.

In a disciplined and contemplative environment, students will follow a programme grounded upon the traditions of the Old Masters, following the ethos of rigour and dedication seen in traditional academies.

Across several terms, a programme of challenging and enjoyable exercises will teach students not only how to draw, but importantly – how to see. Careful observation and consideration, essential to dealing with visual problems, are cultivated through copying; the standard mode of learning throughout the history of art.

Continued reference to the artists who have already dealt with these issues provides context and support for students’ endeavours, facilitating their own discovery of effective disciplines and techniques. In becoming familiarised with the tradition of their craft, students can begin to view the history of drawing as a repository of solved problems, accumulated by artists over many centuries. 

Students will begin with the Foundation Course, which has been designed to encompass the key lessons of the Discipline of Drawing, after which they may choose to progress to continuing terms, which explore each topic more deeply.

A high level of commitment and patience is required for this programme; as with learning a language, time and dedication are essential to achieve mastery. While one-to-one critiques are provided during class time, students will be expected to continue their own practice outside of hours, and will be provided with homework on a weekly basis. 

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1. Part I. Foundation

12 weeks | newcomer/refresher / all levels | €440 | All materials included.

This foundation course provides a comprehensive introduction to the cornerstones of drawing over 12 informative, challenging yet enjoyable weeks. It is suitable for beginners, students and professionals alike who wish to sharpen their eyes and improve their technical ability. Grounded upon the traditional practice of copying, central to workshops, ateliers and academies throughout history, students will develop their skill and technique by drawing prints from the renowned nineteenth-century course, the Cours de Dessin by Charles Bargue and Jean-Leon Gerome – just as artists such as Picasso and Van Gogh did. They will also be guided through a series of supplementary exercises designed to cultivate particular skills and techniques, from simple line control to advanced shading.

This course will guide students, step-by-step, through various stages of progression, beginning with the rudimentary essentials of observation, visualisation of angles and proportions, handling of materials and strategies for simplification; before advancing to lessons in light, shadow, form and volume, exploring how these elements may be used to represent relief on a two dimensional surface.

The lessons learned on this course can be applied in a variety of professional fields, such as; design, architecture, animation, illustration, fashion, photography, film and beyond.

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  • 2. Part II. Practice

    8 weeks | for graduates of Part I | €295 | Basic materials included.

    Upon completion of Part I, Foundation, students may continue to Part II, Practice. During this 8-week course, students have the opportunity to spend time cultivating and improving upon the skills they have learned through repeated application and practice of their craft, under the guidance of a tutor. This popular course follows a similar format to that of a traditional atelier, allowing students to work more independently on their projects, with direction in the form of one-to-one critiques.

    Students benefit from their tutors’ feedback and from the structured classroom environment which facilitates regular, committed practice. With access to a specially curated selection of The Drawing Studio’s high-quality prints*, chosen by our instructors, students will be guided as to which subjects are most suitable for their level of ability.

    *Notes on the Collection: The Drawing Studio is home to an expansive and growing collection of original academic drawings, high-quality prints, and plaster casts spanning the canon of classical antiquity.

    In both original prints and fine facsimiles, our collection includes high-quality plates from the famous 19th century drawing manual, the Cours de Dessin by Charles Bargue and Jean-Léon Gérôme, which was a highly regarded and widely used drawing course studied by artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh and Diego Rivera. This is the most extensive collection of its kind in Ireland. We also have an array of original academic drawings by students of Gérôme from the École des Beaux Arts, and other academic drawings from the 19th and early 20th centuries, invaluable for illuminating the methods typical of an academic training. This collection is of great interest to scholars of the period, and is currently being studied as part of post-doctoral research.

    We possess a set of the rare Alinari Biblioteca di Disegni, an expansive collection of Master Drawings; of which only 300 copies exist worldwide, which have been acquired by major museums, academic institutions as well as many Royal collections. An extraordinary and unique work, it is the largest available collection of Italian drawings from the 15th to the 18th century, printed by means of the refined 19th century technique of collotype. The set contains more than 1,200 drawings across 28 volumes, printed with the highest possible fidelity in a true facsimile, mounted on specially prepared Fabriano board. The work was carried out under the direction of an International Advisory Committee, composed of eminent scholars and internationally-known specialists in the field of drawing. The drawings, for the most part unpublished, have come from 80 of the most important museums and galleries in the world.

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  • 3. Part III. Drawing Club

    8 weeks | €295 | Basic materials included | Please email info@drawing.ie to enquire

    Practicing artists and arts professionals, or those who have completed at least one previous course, are invited to join our Part III. The Drawing Club. During this 8-week course, members will have open access to The Drawing Studio’s outstanding collection of prints, which includes excellent examples of European masters, such as the Alinari Cabinet of Master Drawings and the original lithographs of Bargue’s Cours de Dessin, as well as a diverse selection of plaster casts from classical antiquity and beyond.* Students may freely select their subjects from the printed collection, while a rotating syllabus of plaster casts will be selected and set up by the school.**

    This course provides an opportunity for self-directed learning in an inspiring hub of contemplative study and common purpose, similar to a library setting, in which members “read” master works through copying, expanding their visual literacy and broadening their artistic vocabulary to facilitate self-expression and the articulation of ideas. Through deepening their knowledge of art, students can learn to channel the creative impulse effectively.

    *Notes on the Collection: The Drawing Studio is home to an expansive and growing collection of original academic drawings, high-quality prints, and plaster casts spanning the canon of classical antiquity.

    In both original prints and fine facsimiles, our collection includes high-quality plates from the famous 19th century drawing manual, the Cours de Dessin by Charles Bargue and Jean-Léon Gérôme, which was a highly regarded and widely used drawing course studied by artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh and Diego Rivera. This is the most extensive collection of its kind in Ireland. We also have an array of original academic drawings by students of Gérôme from the École des Beaux Arts, and other academic drawings from the 19th and early 20th centuries, invaluable for illuminating the methods typical of an academic training. This collection is of great interest to scholars of the period, and is currently being studied as part of post-doctoral research.

    We possess a set of the rare Alinari Biblioteca di Disegni, an expansive collection of Master Drawings; of which only 300 copies exist worldwide, which have been acquired by major museums, academic institutions as well as many Royal collections. An extraordinary and unique work, it is the largest available collection of Italian drawings from the 15th to the 18th century, printed by means of the refined 19th century technique of collotype. The set contains more than 1,200 drawings across 28 volumes, printed with the highest possible fidelity in a true facsimile, mounted on specially prepared Fabriano board. The work was carried out under the direction of an International Advisory Committee, composed of eminent scholars and internationally-known specialists in the field of drawing. The drawings, for the most part unpublished, have come from 80 of the most important museums and galleries in the world.

    ** Please note that access to the plaster cast collection is temporarily restricted due to Covid-19.

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  • 2ARTISTIC ANATOMY
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    Artistic anatomy is key to understanding how to draw and model the human form, whether to accurately represent, re-interpret or design for it, in traditional or digital mediums.
    The studio’s progressively structured courses break down the complex dynamic human form in manageable step-by-step drawing and modelling exercises.

    Throughout students are guided by blackboard drawings, digital projections and modelling demonstrations with a strong emphasis on proportion, structure, function, volume and form.

    Students examine the systems and designs of the human figure, as shared throughout nature and the man-made world, leading to a deeper understanding and appreciation of nature, design and the human body.

    1. Two-Day Intensive Artistic Anatomy Workshop

    Two-Day Intensive Artistic Anatomy Modelling Workshop | 9am – 6pm, Friday & Saturday | Available dates: 7th – 8th Sept | €325 per weekend | All materials included (Chavant NSPTM modelling clay, full figure armature, modelling tools, notebook)

    This intensive hands-on course is the only one of its kind in Ireland, and will centre around building an écorché sculpture; écorché meaning “flayed” or “without skin. This is a critical way to gain a concrete, in-depth understanding of artistic human anatomy.  Over the two days students will sculpt, using Chavant NSPTM modelling clay over an armature, the skeleton and study the underlying structures of the human body. Then they will study the main forms and relationships between them, the joint types and the skeletal mechanics of the body, before moving on to the muscular system that create the outlines and forms we see every day. Through this fascinating exploration into human anatomy students will partake in a study of design, form and function.

    At the end of the workshop, participants will be left with an expanded knowledge of anatomy in three dimensions and most importantly a system of study to fuel future interest in the subject. The course is critical for painters, sculptors, illustrators, and digital artists and medical practitioners who want to better understand the human form.

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  • 3Portrait Sculpture - Weekend Workshops
    1. Features of the Face, Michelangelo’s David

    Weekend workshop | Modelling Course | Newcomer / All levels | TBC

    This 2-day weekend workshop introduces students to the fundamentals concepts of modelling by starting with a series of exercises focusing on approach and methods of creating forms, analysing structure and proportion.

    Students will work with water-based clay using white plaster casts from the iconic features of Michelangelo’s “David” as models to copy. Starting with basic reduction, the complex form is broken down to step by step easy to understand exercises.

    During the course students will complete the eye, the nose, the mouth and the ear gaining a strong foundation which can be applied in traditional or digital model making.

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  • 2. Portrait Anatomy Sculpture

    Weekend workshop | Modelling Course | Newcomer / All levels | TBC

    Students can continue their studies, modelling a life size model of the human head, learning about the proportions of the face, the skeletal landmarks of the skull and the muscles responsible for the expressions of the face. This approach is invaluable for the correct understanding of how to represent and reinterpret the human face. While the course is covering the fundamentals of portrait anatomy, it has a strong focus on proportion, structure, volume, form and introduces students to the hollowing of a clay portrait and finishing techniques with water based clay.

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  • 4Drawing School Full Time
    Full-Time Practical Training

    24 weeks | three full days per week

    April 12th – Sept 22nd, 2021 | 10 am – 4:30 pm | Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday | Cost: €3980 | *Bank Holiday Mondays: May 3rd & May 31st. To book call the school on +353 (0)87 298 0409 or email: info@drawing.ie

    Important: In the instance of Covid-19 restrictions not being eased for schools, an online learning option will be made available with necessary materials being posted out to the students.

    Course Description: This interdisciplinary, process-driven course is the only one of its kind in Ireland and has been developed specifically to meet the growing demand for practical artistic training. As with our Part-Time courses, this programme is based on the traditional practice of copying, central to artistic training throughout history.

    In an ethos of rigour and discipline, students are guided through a programme based on that of the traditional ateliers of the 17th century and beyond, beginning with lessons from THE FLAT (Prints & Drawings), which serve as preparation for progressing to THE ROUND (Plaster-casts from Antiquity) and, finally, to NATURE (the Life-Model).

    The Full-Time course encompasses the lessons of the Discipline of Drawing, teaching students fundamental techniques through copying prints from Bargue and Gérôme’s Cours de Dessin.

    This course provides students with intensive practical training in a structured and hands-on environment, allowing substantial time to develop and practice drawing skills and techniques. Students will see their technical competence improved, enabling more fluent expression of their own artistic vision, and will leave with a body of work which demonstrates their drawing ability.

    Mode of Teaching: Classes will be delivered through a series of live demonstrations and one-to-one critiques. Small class sizes ensure a high level of individual attention and personal feedback.

    Level: This course is suitable for beginners, students and professionals alike who wish to enhance their skill and technique.

    Assessment: There will be no formal grading of work. Students’ work will be monitored through continuous assessment in the form of critiques which will provide feedback and advice.

    Entry Requirements: Entry to the course is on a first-come first-served basis. Students should be prepared to apply the necessary discipline throughout the course and should commit to full attendance to benefit from the programme. They must be willing to take responsibility for their own progress by following the programme outlined diligently.

    Modules:

    THE FLAT:
    The Discipline of Drawing – Foundation and Practice
    Copying the Alinari Cabinet of Master Drawings

    THE ROUND:
    Cast Drawing in Pencil, Charcoal and Sanguine

    NATURE:
    Life Drawing

    Full Time Course

    Terms and Conditions*

    Fees are payable in advance. Each course is devised for a limited number of students, so early enrolment is advisable.  All courses are non-refundable and non-transferable, however, should a course be cancelled a full refund will be given. The Drawing School reserves the right to cancel, or reschedule. Course modules may alter. In the event of a public transport strike/closure, or other conditions beyond our control, a session may have to be closed early or canceled. As we will have to incur full costs for these classes, we are unable to offer a refund but will reschedule the missed class.  The Drawing School reserves the right to make appropriate changes to the course timetable and content or to cancel a course due to circumstances beyond its control. Liability shall be limited to the refund of fees paid in this instance. In general, all materials are included.

    Students may request a refund (excluding the non-refundable deposit of 20%) more than 31 days before the commencement of a course. If students request a refund less than 31 days before the commencement of a course, they will only be refunded 50% of the full course fee. After the commencement of the course or paid activity, withdrawal from the program, or any period of absence during the term, whatever the motive or duration, will not be refunded. 

    *Terms and conditions apply to all the courses listed above.

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     74 Merrion Square Dublin 2
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