Easter School | Drawing and Painting Bootcamp

There are no shortcuts to learning to draw and paint, but that doesn't mean we should dawdle!

Date & Time

Multiple dates | Monday to Friday | 10.00-17.00


LARA London
371 Clapham Road
London SW9 9BT
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Drawing Bootcamp
30th March – 3rd April
Painting Bootcamp
6th – 10th April (discount if enrolled on Drawing Bootcamp)
This Easter, treat yourself to professional coaching to:
    • Find out your strengths and weaknesses
    • Develop an actionable plan for your learning
    • Meet others as dedicated as you

Suitable for beginners, improvers and experienced artists looking to solidify their understanding.

10% discount for school art teachers.

Structure of the Course

Drawing Bootcamp
Cast Room
Day 1: Bargue Drawing.*
Find the rigour – using pencil, measuring, shape, value, edge.
Day 2 and 3: Cast Drawing.
Practice and build – turning form and modelling.
Day 4: One-to-one Portfolio Critiques.
Assess where you are and discover where you could be.
Day 5: Cast Drawing.
Go further – see more than you’ve ever seen before.
*Bargue drawing to be completed independently after course.
Painting Bootcamp
Figure Room
Day 1: Gesture Sketch.
Find the essence – try pencil and paint.
Day 2: Transfer Drawing and Colour Studies.
Set yourself up for success.
Day 3, 4 and 5: Figure Painting.
No holding back! Group and individual tuition throughout.
IF you’ve energy left at the end of the day Easter School attendees are welcome to attend our drop-in life/portrait sessions for free on the Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The Facilities

Drawing Bootcamp will take place in the atelier cast room, making use of the controlled lighting set up. Each student will have their own spot with shelving for their belongings.

Painting Bootcamp will take place in the atelier figure room, again making use of the controlled lighting set up, specially configured for figure painting.

Easels and drawing boards provided.

There is a sofa and tea and coffee making facilities for break times.


Oil Paint: the LARA Palette

  • Lead White* – PW1 (recommended) or Titanium White – PW6
  • Nickel Yellow* – PY 53
  • Yellow Ochre* – PY 43
  • Cadmium Red* – PR 108 (or cheaper alternative English Red PR 1C1)
  • Alizarin Crimson* – PR 83 (more permanent alternatives; Quindacridone Magenta – PR 122, Quindacridone Maroon – PR 206)
  • Cobalt Blue* – PR 28 (or cheaper alternative Ultramarine Blue PB 29)
  • Raw Umber* – PBr 7
  • Ivory Black* – PBk 9

We highly recommend Old Holland, C Roberson, Blockx, Vasari and Windsor and Newton (cheapest option).

For Your Transfer Drawing

  • Tracing paper* – 1 or 2 sheets same size as canvas
  • Charcoal* – this can be willow charcoal or you can purchase Nitram charcoal from the school.

For Painting

  • Balanced wooden arm palette* (if you are right handed please buy a palette to hold in your left hand and vice versa)
  • Stretched linen canvas* or gesso panel – 14” x 18” / 18” x 24” approx. It’s advisable to buy 2 canvasses of the same size to help transport your painting safely home. If you know how to put an imprimatura, please do so with a thin wash of raw umber as this will save you painting time. Alternatively, we will do a demonstration on the first day for those who are unsure.
  • Small (roughly) A4 size canvas cut-off, panel or canvas paper* – for colour study.
  • Hog bristle brushes* (overall a good selection of hog brushes should be used. The more brushes, the easier it is to keep colour mixes clean. A variety of size is essential for handling large areas of the painting as well as small details. However a set of at least 10 ‘filberts’ and ‘flats’ should be enough to get started.
  • Flexible steel palette knife*
  • Refined Linseed Oil*
  • Winsor & Newton Sansador* or Jackson’s low odour solvent (odourless turpentine substitute for painting) – you cannot use turpentine within the studio.
  • Airtight metal brush cleaner or jam jar (jam jars must be clearly labelled with your name, course and solvents it contains)
  • Metal dipper* for medium
  • A good supply of kitchen roll for cleaning brushes
  • Tupperware tub for keeping paints overnight
  • Something to carry your wet paintings home with on the last day, eg a canvas carrier*. If you are unable to find one, another canvas of the same size can be strapped to the front to keep the painting safe while being transported.


‘Lucy has been an excellent tutor and coach. Her dedication, enthusiasm and skills have made the course into a great experience. Her teaching has been exceedingly competent technically, and her knowledge has been transmitted with passion, plenty of humour, and tact. She made all the difference between an average masterclass and an excellent one.’ – Fabio Favata, Portrait Drawing Workshop

Learn from the best tutors

Lucy Fyffe Parham

"Drawing is a constant play between variety and unity."

From: £435.00

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