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  • London | Summer School | Drawing & Painting - lucy fyffe parham, sofia welch, more tbc

    London | Summer School | Drawing & Painting

    lucy fyffe parham, sofia welch, more tbc

    1st-12th July 2019 | 10:00-5:00 | Max: 36 | 10% early bird discount

    £391.50 £435.00

    Have you been dreaming of really learning to draw and paint? At our Summer Schools, LARA tutors teach you the fundamentals of good draughtsmanship and paint handling. Summer Schools are the perfect taster for life at LARA!

    5 Days 1st - 5th July £0
    5 Days 8th - 12th July £0
    10 Days 1st - 12th July £369

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    discounts and scholarships

    Book before Monday 5th November to enjoy a 10% early bird discount!

    After the success of its inaugural year, LARA will be running a Summer Scholarship Competition for 16-20 year olds. More details to follow.

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    I had never known about sight-size before I came to LARA. It has improved my life drawing loads.

    Hannah Slater, Easter School student 2018

    Please note this course takes place at LARA London. You may also be interested in our LARA Bristol Summer School.

    course information   

    You will receive the same teaching, from the same tutors, as our Diploma students and come away with drawings and paintings to be proud of. The Summer Schools are designed to mirror atelier study, so this course is perfect if you are considering the longer Diploma course and would like to try a taster first! Just like a full-time student, you will spend three hours a day studying cast drawing or painting and three hours a day life drawing or painting.

    The course is taught using the sight-size method. This simple technique will be explained to you on the first day. It can help you produce highly accurate drawings and enables our tutors to give you precise guidance.

    course structure 

    In week 1, you will work in either pencil or charcoal. Pencil drawing has a focus on variety of line, proportion, gesture, body type and how to design shadow shapes. With charcoal we add consideration of values (how light or dark things are), which is a good preparation for painting.

    In week 2, there is the opportunity to paint, if you would like. You will be instructed in how to do a transfer drawing, how to mix colours using the LARA limited palette and how to apply paint. Alternatively, you might decide to continue working on developing your drawing skills, depending on how comfortable you feel with the process.

    We have a single week option available for those unable to attend for the full two weeks. However, if you would like to paint we highly recommend that you attend for the full two weeks. You will need to provide your own materials, a full list of which will be sent after your booking is confirmed.

    Great tutors and a great atmosphere.

    Firoozeh Farjam, Summer School student 2017


    The same model pose is sustained for the duration of the two weeks, providing you with a wonderful opportunity to observe the figure in detail and under constant lighting conditions. This is very rare in the UK.

    Our classes sizes are a maximum of 18 so you will receive tailored one-one-one attention.

    LARA has tea and coffee making facilities and is close to several coffee shops, takeaways and pubs in Clapham North.

    The summer school was really, really great. All the tutors were really informative and nice. 

    Katherine Durant, Summer School student 2017

    why the atelier method? 

    The atelier method means we are able to offer a tailored option suitable to the individual student, and it is effective at all levels. Whatever your current skill, we adapt the teaching system to match your aptitude and progress throughout the five or ten days, in order to create a uniquely challenging and satisfying experience.

    Whether you are just starting to learn the basics, or are looking to be pushed to a higher level of proficiency, we are experienced at helping artists achieve their aims. The atelier method is a great way to push your artistic ability to the next level.

    the end result

    You will leave Summer School with a clear understanding of the organisational process behind drawing and painting. You will also have fine-tuned and sharpened your observational skills to a higher level.

    Each student leaves with a carefully observed and rendered cast drawing or painting and a strong figure drawing or painting, having grasped the unique benefits of the sight-size method.

    "It felt like I'd found something for which I hadn't known I was searching" - read current student Edith's full testimonial

    'Kimbal', progression of drawing by Director of Studies Sofia Welch

    Cover image: 'Kimbal', progression of oil painting by Sofia Welch