Part-time Diploma in Fine Art

Part-time
Diploma in Fine Art

Part-time study of LARA's highly structured curriculum, teaching you the fundamentals of drawing and painting, is possible for 2-4 days a week for a select number of students.

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Course overview

  • Four terms run each year
  • 2-4 days per week
  • Master Drawing & Painting
  • Receive tailored tuition
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part-time diploma in fine art

Part-time study of the three years Diploma in Fine Art is possible for 2-4 days a week and follows a similar curriculum to the full-time options. Part-time students follow an adjusted full time curriculum to help accommodate the reduced hours working with the model. It is possible to supplement part-time study with workshops, Saturday and evening courses. Part-time places can be booked on a termly or yearly basis and paid in instalments.

 

We teach the grammar of drawing. It’s the fundamental language that must be learnt.

 

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Sam Kaprielov, Tutor

The atelier system of learning

The atelier system is a time tested, highly-structured and systematic curriculum which is passed on from tutor to student. It emerged around the seventeenth century and later became the most common method of training painters. Students of differing standards and experience work together, each learning from the other and with the tutor tailoring his critique to that of a student’s individual requirements.This is an extremely effective way of hastening the process of learning and getting results. Tasks are assigned like building blocks and each task must be completely mastered before moving on to the next.

The sight-size method

Simply put, the artist first sets a vantage point where the subject and the drawing surface appear to be the same size. Then, using a variety of measuring tools (which can include strings, sticks, mirrors, levels, and plumb-lines) the artist draws the subject so that, when viewed from the set vantage point, the drawing and the subject have exactly the same dimensions. When properly done, sight-size drawing can result in extremely accurate and realistic drawings. It can also be used to draw the exact dimensions for a subject in preparation for a painting. Professional painters will in time, develop an ‘eye’ that precludes the need for measuring devices and plumb-lines, but the observation method itself is not abandoned – instead it becomes second nature.

 
Life models The source

Life models
The source

LARA's figure models are experienced at holding long poses for several hours at a time, sometimes over several weeks. This allows students plenty of time to study the figure in depth.

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Casts & Still Life Learning the principles

Casts & Still Life
Learning the principles

Cast drawing gives you an intimate understanding of the process involved in creating highly believable, naturalistic images. Still life painting is an opportunity to represent form as a combination of shapes with specific colour values.

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Core modules

Draw

Figure Drawing

Figure Drawing

Figure drawing is the basis of all good draftsmanship and drawing from life is the backbone of LARA’s process.

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Portrait Drawing

Portrait Drawing

Portrait drawing is an integral part of the LARA curriculum and students are encouraged to hire models throughout the program.

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Cast Drawing

Cast Drawing

Cast drawing informs all aspects of the curriculum and is where students learn foundational principals that apply to all aspects of their work.

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Paint

Cast Painting

Cast Painting

Cast painting provides the student with an introduction to working with oil paint and is the first painting stage of the program.

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Figure Painting

Figure Painting

Figure painting presents one of the most significant and difficult challenges posed by the curriculum.

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Portrait Painting

Portrait Painting

The portrait is an integral part of the curriculum and students are encouraged to work with portrait models throughout the program.

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  • tutors

    James Napier

    James Napier (Director) studied art at Central St Martin’s School of Art in London followed by a degree in Architectural Design from Kingston University.

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    "Art is a vocation, it chooses you, you don’t choose it."

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    Luca Indraccolo

    Born in Naples, Luca Indraccolo left Italy at the age of 19 to start his advertising career ending up as a creative director for Saatchi & Saatchi London.

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    "Mastering the technique of painting is just the beginning. Deciding what to do with it is the hard part."

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    Tom Greenwood

    Tom came to LARA as a student in 2010, after working as an analyst in investment research.

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    "lara's greatest strength is that it teaches everything a painter needs to know, without being prescriptive about personal style or taste. technical ability should free the artist, not constrain them"

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    Anastasia Pollard

    Anastasia Pollard has been teaching at LARA since it’s conception and played an important part in LARA’s development and reputation of excellence in drawing and painting.

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    "Students learn as much from each other's critiques as from the tutors. It's the atelier way."

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    Sofia Welch

    After struggling to find the classical training she craved in a highly conceptualised educational environment, Sofia found the London Atelier of Representational Art.

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    "Studying at LARA enabled me to acquire the fundamental visual skills, and gave me the confidence in both my work and myself, to pursue a career I had always dreamed of."

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    Radoslav Topalov

    ​Being interested in art since an early age, Radoslav started his career as an illustrator at the age of nineteen. During that time, he studied at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia, later to receive his bachelor's degree in fine arts.

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    "It is hard to say what makes someone an accomplished visual artist, but mastering the craft of creating pictures is surely a step in the right direction."

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    Andrew Gow

    Andrew Gow is a portrait painter based in London. He started his training at Williams College in Massachusetts, where he graduated Cum Laude, with Honours, winning the Peyzer Prize for painting.

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    "the rigorous analytical observation and craft of classical drawing and painting learnt from the academic atelier method taught at LARA is an invaluable quality foundation, no matter what creative direction you end up pursuing as artist, craftsperson or designer. "

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    Olly Maughan

    Inspired by the Boston School impressionism Olly continued his training under Paul Ingbretson in New Hampshire USA.

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    Charlie Pickard

    Interested in Figurative Art from an early age, Charlie Pickard left school knowing that he needed rigorous training in the fundamentals of art making for him to reach the level of expression he desired.

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    "Art making is fundamentally a creative endeavour. We must not forget this as we embark on our academic training. Every method learnt must be valued not only on how accurate an effect can be obtained but also on how much freedom it allows"

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    Giles Lester

    Giles Lester is a British painter and sculptor based in London. His work in all media revolves around direct observation of the human figure. Giles received the Talos Prize for best newcomer in The Society of Portrait Sculptor's FACE2014 exhibition and was shortlisted for the Tiranti Prize and the Founders' Sculpture Prize in 2015.

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    Harriet Spratt

    Art always took priority at school for Harriet. She graduated from Newcastle University with a joint BA Honours in Fine Art and History of Art. Harriet then joined the 3 year diploma in Fine Art at LARA.

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    "I knew, instinctively that LARA was where I wanted and needed to be; learning the skills required to produce the work I had always wanted to"

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    Irvin Rodriguez

    Irvin was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. He studied illustration at Fashion Institute of Technology while attending Grand Central Academy of Art.

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    "Painting and drawing have always been a way for me to understand and interpret the world through a visual dialogue of representation"

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    Jason Tremlett

    Jason worked as an Actuary for 15 years before moving to Florence to train as a painter.

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    "It's in correcting your own work, under expert supervision, when you most train your eye"

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    Jon Gidlow

    After studying a degree in applied science, Jon realised an increasing pull toward the arts and facilitated a change in career direction by coming to LARA.

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    "The thing I appreciate most about my training at LARA is the freedom it has given me in my own work knowing that I have absorbed the fundamentals of drawing and painting. "

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    Magdalena Kusowska

    Having worked in the British film industry on big budget productions such as Star Wars VII, Game of Thrones and Guardians of the Galaxy, Magdalena brings her concept art expertise to LARA.

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    Marc Dalessio

    Marc Dalessio is a naturalistic painter who has established himself as one of the foremost plein-air painters working today

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    "My painting is attempt at letting nature depict itself without overt interference of personality or ego."

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    Nicholas Chaundy

    Nicholas Chaundy is a contemporary portrait artist and figurative painter based in Bristol.

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    "The beauty of sight-size is it allows you to observe the big impression without getting caught up in obsessive and unnecessary detail"

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    Sam Kaprielov

    Sam Kaprielov was born and grew up in the USSR. Lives in London. Regularly exhibits his work in contemporary art galleries in the UK and abroad.

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    Simon Watkins

    Simon studied history of art at the University of York, and drawing and painting at Charles H Cecil Studios in Florence.

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    "To draw and paint from life is a privilege; it’s an opportunity to observe and communicate something of the world we experience"

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    Stephanie Kullberg

    Stephanie's classical training began at The Florence Academy of Art Sweden 2012 where she spend 3 years as a student. During her final year she was selected assistant teacher.

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    "Learning how to paint is like learning how to play an instrument, you start with the basic techniques"

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    Stuart Elliot

    Stuart Elliot is an artist, writer and lecturer. He is the author of "Drawing the Nude: Anatomy, Structure and Observation", published by Crowood Press.

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    "Anatomy is a rich and interesting area of study and is an example of an intersection between art and a range of other disciplines."

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    Teresa Oaxaca

    ​Teresa Oaxaca is an American born artist based currently in Washington D.C. She is a full time painter whose works can be seen in collections and galleries throughout the US and internationally.

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    "Simple observation reveals beauty; often it is found in the unconventional"

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    Thomas Lumley

    Thomas Lumley was born and grew up in Yorkshire. He studied in Florence before having his first solo show entitled ‘Gods Country’ in London in 2006.

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how it works

You can study two, three or four days a week. These days must be set in advance. Part-time fees are calculated on day rates relative to how many days you intend to study. As a guide, two days a week for one term will cost £1600, three days a week for one term £2400, and 4 days a week will cost £3000. Please contact us to discuss fees and when they are payable. Please note, if you would like to pay for 100 or 150 days upfront (the equivalent of two or three full-time terms) you will be eligible for the same discount as full-time students. see term dates

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