Cast Drawing and Painting

Charles Bargue designed the Cours de Dessin, published between 1866 and 1871 in collaboration with Jean-Léon Gérôme. It is one of the most influential classical drawing courses and consists of 197 lithographs printed on individual sheets that describe a learning process that begins with the study of the drawings of the great masters, continues with the copying of plaster casts, and concludes with the drawing of the human figure of nature.

In this part of the Still Life program, students continue their studies making copies of casts of classical and Renaissance sculptures included in the Cours de Dessin. The white surface of the casts allows the student to study and translate the forms without having to worry (for now) about the complexity of values ​​and textures. Through this exercise the eye is trained intensively to see and translate nature accurately, as well as to assimilate a deep knowledge of the mechanics of light and edges/contours. Emphasis is placed on the design of shapes and edges.

The casts are grouped by levels, and the learning is sequenced so that the student acquires more and more complex knowledge as he/she overcomes the exercises. The students will acquire the concepts of stroke and profile, proportion, gesture, shadow line and how to create a three-dimensional illusion.


The Still-Life Drawing and Painting course includes the following exercises:

Bargue Plates + Cast Drawing and Painting + Still-Life Painting

These exercises are completed progressively in the presented order.

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