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  • London | Drop-in Portrait Drawing | 2 hour pose - Spaces available on first-come, first-served basis

    London | Drop-in Portrait Drawing | 2 hour pose

    Spaces available on first-come, first-served basis

    Thursday evenings | 18:30-20:30 (Starting 27th September) | Max: 36


    Looking for a relaxed weekly portrait drawing session with great models and in a professional studio? Visit LARA and get a taste of life at the atelier.

    Thursday 18th October £0
    Thursday 25th October £0
    Thursday 1st November £0
    Thursday 8th November £0
    Thursday 15th November £0
    Thursday 22nd November £0
    Thursday 29th November £0
    Thursday 6th December £0
    Thursday 13th December £0

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    These sessions are fun, informal and open to anyone. Although the sessions are untutored, there is always at least one tutor present to supervise. The portrait model will sustain the same pose for the duration of the session.  There will be a different model each week. 

    Drawing a 2 hour pose is a great way to practise capturing likeness, as well as an opportunity to develop understanding of what makes a successful portrait. 

    At these sessions artists bring their own materials and can experiment with different media. Some artists will experiment with softer charcoals, coloured pencils, even chunky marker pens or paints at the drop-in.


    While the student's work is self-led at the drop-in session, it is a great opportunity to practise the following:

    Learning to make quick but accurate proportional judgements, using comparative measurement as opposed to sight-size, which are the bedrock of capturing a likeness

    Using big, simplified shapes to represent the planes of the face and head

    Two value, block-in mass drawing to represent simplified forms under lighting

    Using contour and edges to describe more specific forms in a narrow value range

    Drawing the longer 2 hour portrait pose means you'll encounter new drawing challenges. Tackling these complexities will help develop your drawing skills, which will ultimately help you improve your portraits.


    The drop-in portrait sessions will take place in the same figure room as the full-time course and therefore benefit from the excellent studio facilities. We have a range of different lighting options, all the way from natural light (only in the summer for evening sessions), soft artificial light and harder spotlights of different colour temperatures, all at studio quality specifications.

    We provide chairs and drawing boards for all and, additionally, there are easels available on a first-come, first-served basis.


    Anything goes at these sessions, however you can buy pencils, putty rubbers, charcoal and painting materials from the LARA London shop, within the studio.


    We hope you leave the session not only with drawings to be proud of but also having met and chatted with lots of fellow artists with similar interests. These sessions are intended to be relaxed and sociable.

    Beginners welcome.

    booking and payment

    There are thirty-six places available for this portrait drawing session. Advanced booking will guarantee entry but early arrival is recommended if you would like an easel. There are 18 easels. Please arrive AT LEAST ten minutes before the session begins.

    Ten minutes before the session begins any unclaimed pre-booked places will be reallocated to anyone waiting for a place.

    It is also possible to pay in cash on the door. Remaining spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Entry is £10. Subject to space, you can drop-in at any point in the 2 hour session from 6.30pm onwards.