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  • Saturday School | Figure Drawing - Charlie Pickard

    Saturday School | Figure Drawing

    Charlie Pickard

    Multiple Dates | Morning 10:00- 1:00 | Afternoon 2:00 - 5:00 | Max 12


    Study long-pose figure drawing in pencil or charcoal and experience the practice and methods of a professional London Atelier art studio in this six to twelve week course.

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    We teach a clear and simple approach to developing an accurate, naturalistic figure drawing using the 'Sight-Size' technique. Students can expect the same high quality of teaching found on our full time courses.  

    Working from the model in a sustained pose over 5 to 10 weeks, learn the fundamentals of the ’Sight Size’ technique in the context of line and mass drawing.

    The teaching structure is the same as the weekday full time course. Given the unique advantage of retaining the same spot every week, students are enabled in experiencing the value of studying a prolonged pose. The curriculum criteria follows the full time course and students are given continual critiques and feedback about improvements to take into the next pose or further work outside the school.

    The course will address

    • Learning accurate measurement, using sight-size and comparative measurements
    • Contour drawing
    • Use of tonal value in order to create the impression of form and light
    • Correct use of medium 


    Working from the live model from 3 to 6 hours a day under professional photographic lights allows for careful, unchanging observation of the figure. Limited to 12 students, this is a wonderful opportunity for close instruction under a professional tutor. The figure room is located within the main school of Lara, allowing for the use of the main facilities of the full time school.


    HB pencil, charcoal, canson paper and putty rubber, items can be purchased at the Lara shop. 

    End result 

    Each student leaves with a carefully observed figure drawing in either pencil or charcoal. In addition to the completed works, each student will receive tailored advice for further study, specific areas to work on, as well as learning methods and techniques to use on future drawings and correct use of materials.

    Choose to study for five weeks, eight weeks or ten weeks. Please note there is a break of one Saturday half way through, when there will be no Saturday School.

    Applicants can sign up for the morning, afternoon, or the whole day.   Occasionally, it is possible to join Saturday School part way through. Please call the school to find out whether this is available.  

    No prior experience needed.

    5 Consecutive Saturdays starting either first half or second half of pose
    Half Day (Morning or Afternoon) - £215 
    Full day (one hour lunchbreak) - £425

    8 Saturdays – Flexible throughout the 10 weeks
    Half Day (Morning or afternoon) - £320      
    Full Day (one hour lunchbreak) - £640

    10 Saturdays
    Half Day (Morning or Afternoon) - £375 
    Full Day (one hour lunchbreak) - £750

    Half day studies maybe subject to change and availability with priority going to those who want study for full days.