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  • London | Saturday School | Figure Drawing - Charlie Pickard | Arvid Antonsen

    London | Saturday School | Figure Drawing

    Charlie Pickard | Arvid Antonsen

    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 atelier art studio in this five to ten week course.

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    new opportunity

    Work towards your LARA Foundation or Diploma Certificate on Saturdays!

    As LARA prepares to celebrate ten years of providing quality art training, our tutors have reconfigured the curriculum to incorporate everything we've learnt about teaching you along the way! Our Foundation (150 days) and Diploma (450 days) students are now all following this carefully crafted set of exercises, designed to take the student from beginner to proficient painter in oils.

    And now we'd like to open this opportunity to our Saturday School students. If this is something you are interested in please let the school know when you apply so that the necessary arrangements can be made (you will do some exercises other than figure drawing). We are pleased to also announce that exercises from the curriculum can also be completed in our mid-week tutored Evening Masterclasses.

    Of course, progress through the curriculum will be slow at three-six hours a week but we understand sometimes life prevents us dedicating more time to our passion - we think it's still best to use the time you have.

    Please note, there is no obligation to follow the Foundation or Diploma curriculum on Saturday School and the usual tailored programme of figure drawing exercises can still be undertaken.

    course information

    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. 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 both sight-size and comparative techniques

    Contour drawing

    Use of 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.


    Initially, HB and B pencil (wood or mechanical), putty rubber and canson paper. 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.


    Choose to study for five weeks, eight weeks or ten weeks. Please note there is a break of one Saturday half way through, after the first 5 consecutive Saturdays, when there will be no Saturday School. Classes resume as normal the week after.

    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.

    5 consecutive Saturdays starting either first half or second half of pose
    Half-day (morning or afternoon) - £215
    Full-day (one hour lunch break) - £425

    8 Saturdays – flexible throughout the 10 weeks
    Half-day (morning or afternoon) - £320
    Full-day (one hour lunch break) - £640

    10 Saturdays
    Half-day (morning or afternoon) - £375
    Full-day (one hour lunch break) - £750

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

    No prior experience necessary.

    Drawing by LARA student and tutor Charlie Pickard.