Join Us In Summer

During the summer intensive programme we break down our atelier drawing programme process into 4 unique and intensive workshop weeks. Taking place each summer, each week-long workshop will focus on a particular part of our drawing curriculum that the atelier is based around.

***Registration for summer 2020 will open on jan 1, 2020.

Apply for a scholarship to receive full tuition to the Summer Drawing Intensive Programme.

Thanks to the Summer School, my drawing skills have improved dramatically and I feel more confident and competent moving forward as an artist. The carefully designed programme meant that each week’s project was undertaken with a sense of its broader purpose. Being closely guided by a friendly, expert tutor, who provided morning demos and numerous critiques throughout the day, was tremendously helpful. Thanks to the quality of the teaching, I was able to confront drawing challenges as they arose, and learned how to apply problem-solving strategies. It was a pleasure to see my own progress and that of my fellow students, who ranged from total beginners to experienced artists. Everyone learned something and created careful, meaningful work. Barnes Atelier offers a supportive environment in which the student’s skills are stretched, and I thoroughly recommend it to students of all ages and backgrounds who wish to make serious progress in their draftsmanship.
— Yasmine Richardson, Summer Scholarship Winner 2019
When I received a week’s scholarship to study at Barnes Atelier, I was thrilled. I had not studied in an atelier before and I was excited for all there was to learn. The atmosphere at Barnes Atelier was friendly and one of learning. We spent the week drawing a portrait of our model Tatiana and for the first couple days I rushed along -old habits die hard- however I was encouraged to slow down, pause and consider. I started to carefully render the portrait and by the end of the week, I produced a drawing I’m very proud of and unlike anything I have made before. Even though I have been drawing for a long time, my eyes were opened to a new way of seeing by considering the planes of form. I have taken an immense amount away with me from the week at Barnes Atelier and it has already influenced my practice. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone considering studying there.
— Jonathan Farningham, Summer Scholarship Runner-Up 2019

***Submission of 2020 entries opens on january 1, 2020***

The Summer Drawing Programme Week by Week

Week 1


What pencils should I use? How do I get smooth transitions? What's the best way to sharpen my pencil? (etc...)

These questions mark the start of one's journey into becoming a better artist -- anthis course aims to answer as many of those as possible. From learning about different pencils to putting marks and tones down on paper, students will become more familiar with how to use their tools, and in turn be able to create better work on their own. 

During the week we will be focusing on pencil handling, mark making, tonal gradients, and form modelling.

Week 2


Following the introductory week is this course on drawing from the plaster cast using the 'sight-size' method of drawing. By keeping one's drawing the same size as the 'visible' picture of the original, sight-size allows the student to minimize as many difficulties as possible thereby creating a good environment from whence to train the eye.

Form and it’s relation to value are one of many things learned from the cast. Practice, and subsequent mastery of one's tools another.

Week 3


Portrait drawing from life can be a daunting task for even the more experienced artist. Getting a good likeness of the sitter is of great importance as well as setting an evocative mood. With the goal of completing the finished portrait at the end of the week, students will directly take on the elements of representational portrait drawing such as: likeness of the sitter, structure of the face, and form modelling of light and shade.

Week 4

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This week culminates with the methods of classical figure drawing in pencil. Using comparative measurements and classical gesture as the basis for creating an elegant reproduction of the model, students will be guided through the process of drawing the figure from start to finish.