Monday (Morning) x 8 | Cours De Dessin | Nicholas Robinson


Monday (Morning) x 8 | Cours De Dessin | Nicholas Robinson


Monday Mornings 10am - 1pm

April 9th ,16th ,23rd, 30th 

May 14th, 21st & 28th  

please note gaps in classes due to bank holidays.


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The Charles Bargue Drawing Course - ‘Cours De Dessin’ is a drawing course originally used in the French art schools of the 1860s and 1870s. It has been recently popularised again by atelier style art schools springing up in Europe and north America. These schools started in response to the demand for training in more rigorous and academic drawing and painting skills than are currently on offer in conventional art schools and Bargue drawing has become a staple in these academies. Originally used by artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso, this course is once again being used to train artists in drawing and design principles that have truly stood the test of time. 

Course participants will work from one lithograph over the 24 hours of the course broken down into simplified steps week-by-week. In copying the lithograph we will learn the fundamentals of drawing; good design, describing form, creating shadow & light, as well as developing pencil drawing technique, and most importantly training the eye to see. "

"Participants will need: 

  • a couple of sheets of A4 and A3 plain white cartridge paper
  • a kneadable putty eraser
  • a variety of pencils, maybe 2H, H, HB, B, 2B
  • a retractable knife (to sharpen the pencils)
  • masking tape

Plates & drawing boards are all provided. Please get in touch with me directly 0858204703 or if you have any questions. "


About the artist:


Nicholas finished his post-graduate studies at Ireland’s National College of Art & Design (NCAD) in 2009, having previously graduated from the Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork. Thoroughly disillusioned by art education in Ireland, Nicholas searched elsewhere and was introduced to the American ateliers in Florence, in which students study exclusively from life, by the Irish painter Gearoid Hayes.

Subsequently Nicholas quit his teaching career and attended the Florence Academy of Art, Sweden under the tutelage of the Swedish painter Joakim Ericsson. Nicholas received a pair of drawing awards during his time at the school in Sweden and returned to Ireland in 2013. He is now exhibiting nationally, and works and teaches out of in his studio in Dublin city-centre.

Nicholas won the Florence Academy of Art Drawing award twice including "Best Bargue of 2011"