Figure painting presents one of the most significant challenges posed by the Curriculum.
After the student has become proficient at drawing the figure, they progress onto painting it, beginning with a grisaille palette before being launched into full-colour studies. Special emphasis is placed on the significance of making preparatory studies before attempting a larger-scale painting, allowing the student to gain confidence in their ability to approach complex problems in future works.
The grisaille palette consists of a white, Ivory Black, and Raw Umber. It removes the complications of mixing colour and allows the student a less steep learning curve during the transition from drawing to painting. The combination of Raw Umber and Ivory Black in varying amounts allows for a very slight manipulation of chroma and hue in order to introduce the concept of temperature contrasts in a painting.
Figure drawing is the basis of all good draftsmanship and drawing from life is the backbone of LARA’s process.Learn more
Portrait drawing is an integral part of the LARA curriculum and students are encouraged to hire models throughout the program.Learn more
Cast drawing informs all aspects of the curriculum and is where students learn foundational principals that apply to all aspects of their work.Learn more
Cast painting provides the student with an introduction to working with oil paint and is the first painting stage of the program.Learn more
Figure painting presents one of the most significant and difficult challenges posed by the curriculum.Learn more
The portrait is an integral part of the curriculum and students are encouraged to work with portrait models throughout the program.Learn more
Figure Sculpture can be studied in a two week intensive workshop structure.Learn more
Portrait sculpture can be studied on weekend workshops or week long intensives.Learn more
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