Cast painting provides the student with an introduction to working with oil paint and is the first painting stage of the Curriculum.

Building on confidence and understanding gained in previous cast drawing exercises, students learn to draw with paint, mix accurate values, and express a convincing sense of form and light. Particular attention is placed on helping the student to develop a personal approach to handling paint. The controlled situation that a cast provides is an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with what is a difficult and complicated medium in a focussed way. Cast painting is the precursor to still life painting, portrait painting, and further studio-based projects.

‘Ecorché Man’, Oil on Canvas by Lydia Cecil

Drawing from the past | Skills for the future

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Figure drawing

Figure drawing is the basis of all good draftsmanship and drawing from life is the backbone of LARA’s process.

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Portrait drawing

Portrait drawing is an integral part of the LARA curriculum and students are encouraged to hire models throughout the program.

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Cast drawing

Cast drawing informs all aspects of the curriculum and is where students learn foundational principals that apply to all aspects of their work.

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Cast painting

Cast painting provides the student with an introduction to working with oil paint and is the first painting stage of the program.

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Figure painting

Figure painting presents one of the most significant and difficult challenges posed by the curriculum.

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Portrait painting

The portrait is an integral part of the curriculum and students are encouraged to work with portrait models throughout the program.

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Figure Sculpture

Figure Sculpture can be studied in a two week intensive workshop structure.

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Portrait sculpture

Portrait sculpture can be studied on weekend workshops or week long intensives.

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