Workshop Poster

Bargue Plate Drawing
Academic Bargue drawing from the book "Charles Bargue Drawing Course"
ModelDrawing2hours2-hour life model drawing using sight-size method
stepsA 4-week long pose model drawing from sigh-size.

Introduction to the Bargue Drawing and Sight-sized method, with academic drawing copies and life model session.

About the workshop

This workshop offers a general understanding to one of the methods of training used in the 19th century French Academy of Art. The method is tested with time, emphasize on the training of observation with a step-wise approach. It builds confidence and provides a system for problem solving in ones own work. This workshop serves as a one time experience of the methodology as well as an introduction to the sight-sized drawing courses by Linda. The price for the workshop can be deducted from a full course later.

During the hands-on workshop, students go through the setup process for a Bargue Plate copy or a life model drawing. Individual discussion as well as group introduction will be conducted. All utilities and materials included, just bring a curious and exciting self!

Structure of the workshop

The workshop is separated into 2 sections, signups are separated as well:

1. Sight-sized introduction with simple Bargue plates (Introduction-Bargue)

  • This 3-hour section costs 5,900. ISK
  • 1 hour introduction on the approach of sight-size, the use of a plumb line, easel setup, use and purpose of materials, working with visual memory and familiarize with the concept of the big impression, as well as the concept of a step-wise approach in drawing, based strongly on observation.
  • A 2-hour copy of a simple Bargue Plate from the book "The Charles Bargue Drawing Course", drawing in graphite with personalized instruction. 

2. Sight-sized introduction with a life model (Introduction-Model)

  • This 3-hour section costs 7,300. ISK
  • 1 hour introduction on the approach of sight-size, the use of a plumb line, familiarize with visual terms such as light and shadow shape, gesture and the big impression.
  • A 2-hour pose of a life model drawing in graphite with personalized instruction. 

Schedule of the workshop

Sight-sized introduction with simple Bargue plates (Introduction-Bargue)

Saturday, 6th March 13:00 - 16:00

      • 13:00-13:15 Introduction - concept of sight-size, visual memory, big impression, simplification, shadow and light shape. Handouts included.
      • 13:15-13:30 visual memory exercise
      • 13:30-13:50 practical setup, use of easel, plumb line, pencil and erasers.
      • 13:50-14:00 coffee break
      • 14:00-14:30 Simple Bargue plate copy
      • 14:30-15:00 Copy continued with first round of one-on-one discussion 
      • 15:00-15:10 coffee break and Q&A
      • 15:10-15:30 Simple Bargue plate copy continued
      • 15:30-16:00 Copy continued with second round of one-on-one discussion 

Sight-sized introduction with a life model (Introduction-Model)

Sunday, 7th March 16:30 - 19:30

      • 16:30-16:45 Introduction - concept of sight-size, visual memory, big impression, simplification, shadow and light shape. Handouts included.
      • 16:45-17:00 visual memory exercise
      • 17:00-17:20 practical setup
      • 17:20-17:30 coffee break and model set up
      • 17:30-17:55 model session (with on going 1-1 instruction)
      • 17:55-18:00 model break
      • 18:00-18:25 model session continued
      • 18:25-18:35 model break
      • 18:35-19:00 model session continued
      • 19:00-19:05 model break
      • 19:05-19:30 last model session
      • Q&A

 Other details

  • Location: Vinnustofur listamanna, Lyngási 7, Garðabæ. (7 mins walk from Ásgarður busstop)
  • Instruction will be in English
  • COVID: We will adhere to a 2m rule between students. (masks and hand sanitizers will also be provided)

You are free to sign up for just one part of the workshop or both. Just send an email to to make a booking. Make sure to write the section you would like to attend in the email, " Introduction-model" or " Introduction- Bargue". You will then receive a confirmation email. Payments need to be made to ensure your spot, bookings will otherwise be cancelled after 24 hours. Payments by card or PayPal is also possible. Please contact Linda by email for any question at

If you have been wondering what the sight-sized method is about or simply been thinking about trying it but have not got down doing it on your own, this hands-on introductory workshop is for you!! : )