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FOUNDATION OF DRAWING – Dublin Art Studio – Contemporary & Classical Drawing

Dublin Art Studio

Dublin Art Studio

500 years of Painting and Drawing

The only Classical and Contemporary Art School in Ireland

Foundations of Drawing offers an exciting introduction to both drawing and to Dublin Art Studio’s philosophy to learning art. Through the close study and appreciation of drawing techniques of artists such as Michelangelo, Egon Schiele, Degas, Watteau, Käthe Kollwitz, Picasso, Giacometti and Marlene Dumas, we come to understand a hidden language. This language is the mystery of drawing, not academic drawing, but a line that can be harnessed to infuse an emotive reality in one’s work.

The study of drawing involves exploring line, weight, pressure, focus, depth and temperature. We emulate the surface qualities of excellent drawing from the breadth of art’s history. Foundations of Drawing starts you on this journey of discovery from the halls of art history: with practice this can lead you to your own personal style.

In the first of four sessions, students receive a live demonstration of technique and then do a study of a Bargue plate to understand how to break shape down to straight lines, and to learn how to create diffused value systems. In the second session students undertake a study of both a Giacometti drawing in charcoal and a Seurat crayon drawing on canvas paper. In the third session students practice a study of a John Singer Sargent portrait. In the final session students create their own drawing based upon the techniques they find of most interest.

Past students have found this class very rewarding and appreciated having an environment in which they learned quickly and in a relaxed way. This programme sets a great foundation for both home study and continued practice in the  Dublin Art Studio. Many students who take Foundations of Drawing go on to join the 12 Hour Painting/Drawing course.



Prior to attending Berlin Art Classes, I didn’t have a lot of drawing or painting experience. However, within a month I saw immense improvement in my technical skills. My favourite aspect of the drawing course was that I was able to choose my preferred techniques and develop them…After taking four drawing classes, I worked on my own composition using the skills I developed. I appreciate how Mr. Llewellyn respected my style of drawing. He showed me artists he recommended I study and encouraged practising techniques in the style of other artists. As I began to work more independently, he continued to introduce me to new techniques and answered any questions.Read more student testimonials here.


Colour studies, Rembrandt study and numerous works in the old Berlin studio

Students studying in oil paint

Colour palette, flesh tone and study of Jenny Saville – Russian student, who had never oil painted before

Chinese student creating large oil painting from own research.

Dublin Art Studio

Eoin demonstrating live in front of drawing class drawing from Van Dyck portrait in charcoal

Student from Romania studying limited palette of Rubens in oil

Teacher E Llewellyn doing life demonstration on the techniques of Lucien Freud in oil painting classes

German student’s copy from Ribera showing underpainting, Grisaille and glazing technique over 3 stages

Student from Lebanon studying Jenny Saville flesh tones and expressive brushwork

London student creating large abstract works in the studio class

Teacher, Eoin Llewllyn demonstrating how to analyse Caravaggio comparing hand made oil colour charts to identify colours

Danish student studying Modigliani flesh tones in oil – Oil Paintings for Beginners

Swedish student creating large cloud study in oils

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Course Code 4
College Name Dublin Art Studio
Course Category Arts, Crafts & Hobbies, Drawing
Course Type Classroom Based
Course Qualification Non-Certified
Course Location Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 18
Course Fee 130.00
Course Duration 4 sessions over 4 weeks.
Course Times See website for next drawing course Or book ongoing studio sessions Every Tuesday Night 18.30 - 21.30 and Wed , Sat daytime classes 6 hrs long ongoing all year round see booking options on website.
Entry Requirements beginner, intermediate and advanced
Career Path For the guided approach to both classical and contemporary drawing techniques.
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Dublin Art Studio

Dun Laoghaire / Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland

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