Short course review | Portraiture : A Simple Strategy
LARA graduate Benjamin Laughton Smith gains new confidence under the tuition of Simon WatkinsRead More >
LARA alumna SJ Fuerst named one of the top ten artists working today by GQ magazine
LARA extends huge congratulations for a well-deserved nomination.Read More >
The LARA Prize for a Young Artist in association with the Royal Society of British Artists
Award-winner Jessica Debba shares her experience of Luca Indraccolo's Portrait Painting MasterclassRead More >
Summer Scholarship Competition 2018 | Impressions from a school leaver
Runner-up Rosie Landon shares her experiences from her two weeks at LARARead More >
Student Review | Charles 1: King and Collector, Royal Academy
LARA students Ethan Honary and Helen Ball enjoyed the RA’s latest show.Read More >
Philip Weeks Sketchbook Prize 2017 | Winner Announcement
Congratulations to LARA workshop student Romas Viesulas!Read More >
tutorial : anatomy spotlight | bony surface landmarks
“Few beginners have entered the life class with any real appreciation of the skeletal structure. Dry bones are objects of masterful design. The student's first objective should be a conviction of the critical importance of the skeletal structure” Stephen Rogers Peck. In this journal post we discuss how to use anatomical knowledge to create proper proportion and structure.Read More >
LARA Bristol opens for weekly drop-in life drawing
Our new studio starts with a flourish!Read More >
tutorial | planes
"We shall see that the [plane] parallel with the source of light predominates, and that the others, in proportion as they recede from the source of light, are toned and shaded" Solomon J. Solomon. In this journal post we discuss how to find solidity in your work through good planar design.Read More >
LARA featured in Harrods Aviation 'Halcyon' Magazine
Journalist Dan Hayes visits LARA for a behind the scenes look at atelier lifeRead More >
Anastasia Pollard selected for the BP Portrait Award 2017
LARA tutor’s painting ‘Corinne’ to be displayed in the Award’s 38th exhibitionRead More >
LARA needs your help | Endorsement
We’re forging ahead on finding an excellent new home for LARA but we need your help. The Landlord at our preferred location requires letters of endorsement of the school. LARA enjoys the support of a wonderful and loyal student body. Please take a few minutes to add your name, and any words of endorsement. Thank you!Read More >
Lewis Hazelwood-Horner awarded membership to the Royal Society of British Artists
LARA is proud to congratulate Lewis on this most recent successRead More >
LARA alumni excel at Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition
LARA is delighted to congratulate Andrew Hitchcock on winning the Gordon Hulson Memorial Prize for his painting ‘A Picture of Stillness’Read More >
Would You Join Us In Bristol?
Many of you suggested you would be interested in joining us if we had a space outside of London. Due to property prices being lower in Bristol we have been able to find a space at The Old Library on Trinity Road that would meet our varied needs. We would love to know how many of you would join us!Read More >
Beer and Guns | Lewis Hazelwood-Horner Private View
LARA almuni Lewis Hazelwood-Horner won The Columbia Threadneedle Prize in February this year for his piece Salt in Tea. His solo exhibition opened yesterday at Mall Galleries.Read More >
LARA Scholarship | Interview with Radoslav Topalov
We talk to Radoslav Topalov about his experience of the LARA Scholarship programme, how it helped his career and what he learnt along the way.Read More >
Inside Art with Tom Greenwood
Tom first came to LARA as a student in 2010, after working as an analyst in investment research. He studied for four years and is now working as a privately commissioned portrait painter and tutor.
We asked him about his style, technique and inspiration.
Inside Art with Sofia Welch
To work from nature on a daily basis from the live model really is an amazing opportunity and privilege unique to atelier training.'
After struggling to find the classical training she craved in a highly conceptualised educational environment, Sofia Welch went on to study at LARA for four years. Sofia is now a full time painter and teacher at LARA.
Creating A Safety Net
Most artists, no matter how experienced, tend to say that facing a blank canvas or sheet of paper is the most exciting, and terrifying, part of the artistic process. Here we explore a number of methods to create a ‘safety net' in order to make the final translation from life a lot less elusive.Read More >
Getting the Most from a Quick Life Drawing Session
Anyone who attends life drawing sessions knows the quick poses of five and ten minutes can often result in a mass of incomprehensible pen marks. In this journal post we explain how to get the most out of the sessions with structure and focus.Read More >
QEST Scholarship Winner is LARA student Benjamin Smith
We are pleased to announce that LARA student Benjamin Smith has been announced as the QEST Siegmund Warburg Scholar.Read More >
Lewis Hazelwood-Horner wins The Columbia Threadneedle-Prize-2016
LARA alumni Lewis Hazelwood-Horner wins Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016 LARA are very proud to offer congratulations to Lewis Hazelwood-Horner who was announced as the winner of the Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016 for his work “Salt in Tea”Read More >
Paper trails | the search for the perfect toned paper
Traditionally, ateliers used a high quality, handmade paper called 'Roma' produced by the renowned Italian paper mill Fabriano. Unfortunately, Fabriano have recently ceased production of its toned papers and so we have been carrying out some research into suitable toned alternatives. Here's what we've found.Read More >
Atelier | The Art of Representation (film)
After a successful first exhibition, we look back at 'Atelier | the Art of Representation'. LARA Director James Napier conceived of the exhibition in order to showcase how the traditional atelier skills taught at LARA are still relevant today. Artists trained in the atelier method, from around the world, were chosen for their creativity and vision.
Included in the show were computer arts, pop art, sculpture, conceptual work, architecture and photography - all demonstrating the diversity of fields to which the atelier method can be applied.
Inside art with Lewis Hazelwood-Horner
One of the artists featured in our upcoming exhibition “Atelier | the Art of Representation” is Lewis Hazelwood-Horner. Hazelwood-Horner finds inspiration in the art residencies he's occupied, for companies as diverse as James Smith & Sons, the umbrella makers; Holland and Holland, the gunmakers; Lobbs the bespoke boot makers, and various breweries including the Truman Brewery and the Redemption Brewery.Read More >
Today in the art world the word realism is often used interchangeably for two very different meanings. The more obvious, and more common, usage of the world ‘realism’ is to describe a painting which closely resembles the subject which is portrays. This meaning is relatively new however, since before the birth of expressionism at the beginning of the twentieth century, no other kind of painting existed.Read More >
Inside art with Luca Indraccolo
“The skills I’ve acquired through the rigorous atelier training allow me to communicate the desired feelings and ideas in my paintings, without being hindered by technical limitations.”
Luca Indraccolo left a successful job as a commercial graphic designer to pursue a career in painting. His travels eventually led him to London and LARA, where he found the time-tested atelier training method he was looking for. Indraccolo is now a full time painter and a teacher at LARA.
Inside art with Sally Jane Fuerst
“Sargent made me want to be a painter. Warhol made me want to be an artist.”
Graduated from LARA in 2010, Sally Jane Fuerst has continued her development as a representational artist. Her style can be described as pop art expressed through classical painting. The core of her work is about the fantasy world inside each painting, which she builds around the costumes and inflatable toys our society has found a demand for.
Dennis Miller Bunker
Perhaps Meissonier’s flaw, in the eyes of his critics, was that he was an old fashioned painter at the beginning of a new age of painting. His technical genius remains undeniable and both his subject matter and, perhaps fittingly, his own personal story remind us not to forget the past. In his own words he was ‘a painter of history’.Read More >
Tutor Alex Heath takes role as concept artist at Opus Artz
LARA would like to wish the very best of luck to tutor Alex Heath in his new full time role as concept artist at Opus Artz concept art and production studio.Read More >
London Atelier and Framestore: Old Master skills for New Digital Masters
LARA is very happy to be working with top VFX company Framestore to provide their concept team with training in traditional sculpture. Sculptor and director James Napier has been taking them through the fundamentals of portrait sculpture proving just how relevant traditional skills are to contemporary film and game industries.Read More >
LARA tutors and alumni work accepted into Royal Portrait Society annual exhibition
The London Atelier of Representational Art would like to offer its congratulations to the following tutors and alumni for their accepted work to the annual RP exhibition.Read More >
RBA Rome Scholarship Winner is LARA Student Tom Greenwood
Congratulations to LARA student Tom Greenwood who has been awarded The Rome Scholarship for 2014 by The Royal Society of British Artists. The scholarship will allow Tom to spend one month at the British School in Rome, the criteria for success being the demonstration of a high standard of draftsmanship. We look forward to seeing what Tom achieves during his month in the stunning city.Read More >