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 II Master Copy
Section I – Blocking in like the Old Masters
Learn from the Old Masters in this section. Anthony will show you how to apply the “block in” techniques while copying and Old Master drawing. This will set up a solid foundation for your work.
Section II – Value masses and light effect
In this stage, Anthony will show you how to combine the “block in” with value masses and introduce edges in a Master Copy. This will give you a real understanding of how the Old Masters achieved their light effect.
Section III – Putting it all together: Master Copy
Completing a beautiful Master Copy. In this stage you will organize the process to get results and take this knowledge to your own artwork.