Cours de dessin – The Bargue journey with Anthony Stokes
Charles Bargue’s Cours de dessin is one of the most influential classical drawing courses conceived in collaboration with Jean-Léon Gérôme. The course, published between 1866 and 1871 comprised 197 lithographs printed as individual sheets, was to guide students from plaster casts to the study of great master drawings and finally to drawing from the living model. The Charles Bargue Drawing Course is used by many academies and ateliers which focus on classical realism.
The Drawing Course is separated into three sections, in ascending order of difficulty. The first section consists of lithographs by Bargue after casts of sculptures, mostly antique examples that present the structure of the human body with remarkable clarity and intelligence. The second part contains the lithographs that Bargue made after master drawings by Renaissance and modern artists, and the third section almost 60 exemplary figure drawings.
While this is a comprehensive curriculum covering the entire Bargue process, each 4-week session is designed to be able to take independently and will concentrate on specific features of the process.
Supply List for The Bargue Process
- Charcoal pencils (soft, medium, and hard)
- Graphite pencil – 2B and 2H
- Nitram Charcoal: B and HB
- Quality Drawing Paper: 18×24 (Strathmore 400)
- Canson Mi-teintes white – 1 sheet
- Drawing board to support paper and photo reference
- Kneaded eraser
- Hog bristle brushes – #4 bright, #8 filbert
- Sandpaper and utility knife for sharpening
- Paper towels (preferably Bounty)
- Eraser pencil with brush end (Faber Castell)
- Masking tape
Cours de dessin – Part I Drawing after casts
Section I – Creating beauty with line (October 5,12,19,26)
Students will be learning how to use line when blocking in hands, feet, and simple features. Every stage of the drawing is an opportunity to create beauty. This fundamental stage is of most importance.
Section II – Understanding value masses (November 2,9,16,23)
Everyone loves portraits. This is an opportunity to combine line and value masses. Creating beautiful patterns. This stage sets you up to begin rendering a beautiful piece of art.
Section III – Putting it all together: Modeling Form (November 30, December 7,14,21) Now will be the time to take the drawing to a finish. Creating beautiful edges, solid line work and rendering that shows the light effect of a true master.