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

    London | Drawing & Painting Summer School

    lucy fyffe, sofia welch, more tbc

    2nd - 13th July 2018 | 10:00-5:00 | Max: 36


    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 2nd - 6th July £0
    5 Days 9th - 13th July £0
    10 Days 2nd - 13th July £410

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    discounts and scholarships

    We are very pleased to announce the inaugural LARA Summer Scholarship Competition! Both LARA London and LARA Bristol will each host one first prize winner for the full two weeks of Summer School (2nd-13th July 2018). In addition, one runner up will be hosted for one week of the Summer School (subject to availability). This scholarship is aimed at school leavers, so entrants must be aged 16-20 years old. Click here for more information.

    Calling all sixth-form students! Enjoy a 15% discount off Summer School! Simply call LARA to receive your discount when booking. Proof of school/college enrolment required.

    And for all school art teachers... enjoy a 10% discount off Summer School! Simply call LARA to receive your discount when booking. Proof of employment required.

    We've also got some great bundle discounts to offer you this summer:

    Book... and... to receive a... and get
    Drawing and Painting Summer School (two weeks)   Alla Prima Still Life Workshop or Mark Making | Introduction to Palette Knife Painting 10% discount both workshops for £985.50 
    Drawing and Painting Summer School (two weeks)  Alla Prima Still Life Workshop and  Mark Making | Introduction to Palette Knife Painting 15% dicount all three workshops for £1143.25 

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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.

    If you'd like to study for the full two weeks, please contact us about availability.

    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