Tutorial | Memory in Art


An oft overlooked artist's tool

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Short course review | Portraiture : A Simple Strategy


LARA graduate Benjamin Laughton Smith gains new confidence under the tuition of Simon Watkins

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Unveiling | LARA alumnus paints noted surgeon


Portrait of Professor David Ritchie unveiled at the Royal London Hospital.

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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.

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Tutorial | Fundamental Forms


A simple concept which could transform your drawing.

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Tutorial | Colour constancy


Learn how to overcome the effects of this natural, and incredible, optical illusion.

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LARA at the New Generation Festival 2018


LARA alumnus Lewis Hazelwood-Horner captures the excitement of each day of the festival in the beautiful giardini of the Palazzo Corsini il Prato.

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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 Masterclass

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Summer Scholarship Competition 2018 | Impressions from a school leaver


Runner-up Rosie Landon shares her experiences from her two weeks at LARA

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Tutorial | Gesture, balance and Weight


Learn how to use gesture, balance and weight to dramatically improve your drawing and paintings.

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Student Review | RA Summer Exhibition


Helen Ball reflects on the show through the eyes of a student of representational art

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Summer Scholarship Competition 2018 Winners


Huge congratulations to our inaugural Summer Scholarship Competition winners and runners-up!

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tutorial | colour: the hierarchy of importance


A crucial but often overlooked aspect of colour.

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From Summer School to Diploma in Fine Art


Current student Edith shares her initial experiences at LARA

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Tutorial | Edges


An introduction to one of the hardest but most rewarding concepts to master

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Tutorial | The Colour of Skin


"I can paint you the skin of Venus with mud, provided you let me surround it as I will." Eugene Delacroix

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tutorial | the classical order of light


A fundamental lesson for both drawing and painting.

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Student Review | Charles 1: King and Collector, Royal Academy


LARA students Ethan Honary and Helen Ball enjoyed the RA’s latest show.

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Tutorial | Colour Temperature


“This position of warm and cool colours is one of the most important considerations in colouring; as it is in the opposition of warm and cold colours, that the vitality of colouring very largely depends.” Harold speed

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Thank you! #savedourstudio


Together we have raised £28,940 to help fund the refit of our new London studio for the next generation of artists.

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Philip Weeks Sketchbook Prize 2017 | Winner Announcement


Congratulations to LARA workshop student Romas Viesulas!

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Tutorial | Simultaneous contrast


In this journal post we look at simultaneous contrast and the subjectivity of perceptions.

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LARA london | From Vauxhall to Clapham North


Relief and excitement abound after long struggle for new space

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tutorial | value design and compression


‘Beauty in tone values comes from tones that are large and simple' Harold speed. In this journal post we explore value design and how to compress values.

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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.

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Inside art with Christopher Hanson


LARA catches up with its first ever graduate

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LARA Bristol opens for weekly drop-in life drawing


Our new studio starts with a flourish!

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Lights going in at LARA Bristol!


Head of School Tom Greenwood shares the progress in the new studio

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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.

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LARA featured in Harrods Aviation 'Halcyon' Magazine


Journalist Dan Hayes visits LARA for a behind the scenes look at atelier life

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Anastasia Pollard selected for the BP Portrait Award 2017


LARA tutor’s painting ‘Corinne’ to be displayed in the Award’s 38th exhibition

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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!

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Lewis Hazelwood-Horner awarded membership to the Royal Society of British Artists


LARA is proud to congratulate Lewis on this most recent success

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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’

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LARA Bristol Studio Opens August 2017


Due to overwhelmingly positive feedback we have decided to open a studio in Bristol in August 2017 while fundraising to retain a studio in London.

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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!

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LARA Needs Your Help


Since 2008 LARA has been training artists to the highest skill level but sadly we have been informed we need to leave our building. We want to keep The London Atelier of Representational Art where it should be, in London, but we need your help to do it.

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lara scholarship | Interview with Lucas Garcia


We talk with Lucas Garcia, our current scholarship student about his scholarship, time at LARA and what he hopes to gain from his training.

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Atelier | Open Studios 2016


The 24th November saw the annual Open Studios evening at LARA where we welcomed around 150 people to the studio for portrait demonstrations and free life drawing.

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Inside Art with Conor Burke


Conor Burke trained at LARA whilst taking a gap year from studying architecture. In our most recent journal post we talked to him about why he chose LARA, concept art, architecture and atelier training.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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New Graduate | Radoslav Topolov


LARA would like to offer congratulations to scholarship student Radoslav Topolov on his graduation this term

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Jamie Coreth Wins BP Young Artist Award


Former LARA Student Jamie Coreth has been awarded the Young Artist Award at this year's BP Portrait Award

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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.

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Rhythm in Figure Drawing


Rhythm, most often associated with music, can also be applied to visual art. In this journal post we discuss the application of rhythm within figure drawing.

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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.

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Private View | Underdog Gallery | Future Masters


Luca Indraccolo and Sally Jane Fuerst exhibit at The Underdog Gallery in 'Future Masters'

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Disappearing Island | Life Drawing Event


Thank you to the artists that showed their support to make our 'The Disappearing Island' Free Life Drawing Event such a success

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RP Annual Portrait Exhibition 2016


LARA offers congratulations to selected students, alumni and tutors to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition 2016

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Free Life Drawing Event | The Disappearing Island


Join LARA for a free life drawing session 12-4pm at The Averard Hotel on Thursday 5th May #InhabitYourCity

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Artistic Anatomy | Stuart Elliot Interview Part 1


Stuart Elliot explains the importance of anatomical study for artists and its relevance when using the sight-size method. Part 1 of 2.

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Artistic Anatomy | Stuart Elliot Interview Part 2


In the second part of our interview, Stuart Elliot discusses how anatomy study relates to the practice of sight-size training

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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”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Courbet’s realism


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.

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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.

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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.

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Industry Workshops | Where Digital meet Analogue


LARA attended the Industry Workshops event to showcase how the traditional skills taught at LARA are increasingly important for this very modern industry.

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Figure Drawing Sight Size


It is our belief that figure drawing is the basis of all good draftsmanship and, for this reason, drawing from life is the backbone of LARA’s process.

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The Munsell Colour System


The Munsell colour system was invented by Albert H Munsell (1858-1918) as an accurate way to numerically define colours.

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Russian Landscapes


Ivan Shishkin was known in Russia as the ‘master of the forest’.

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Soft Hands


Hands are one of the toughest parts of the human body to draw or paint, as any art student will know. Their treatment by painters has evolved dramatically since the renaissance, with Velasquez as probably the most influential master in this evolution.

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The Colour Of Shadows


Students often find it hard to see the colour of shadows, compared with seeing the local colour of the lights. There is, however, a simple scientific formula for determining the correct colour.

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Meissonier- a painter of history


Some painters do not achieve their fame until they are dead, others are hugely successful in their lifetime and then are forgotten by history.

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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’.

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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.

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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.

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BP Portrait Award 2014


The 2014 BP Portrait Award is well underway at the National Portrait Gallery displaying some wonderful works of contemporary portraiture including 'jewller' by former LARA student Robert Neil.

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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.

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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.

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Chasing The Pose


As a pose progresses and “sinks in” its important to leave the drawing “open” in order to catch these variables, also known as “chasing the pose”.

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Society Of Portrait Sculptors 2013


Many congratulations to LARA alumni Jean-David Solon for winning the Bronze Age Sculpture Class Prize and coming high commended in the Tiranti Prize at the annual society of portrait sculptors exhibition.

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