Easter School | Introduction to Materials

Enjoy a whistle-stop tour through all the materials used on our full-time courses for a taste of atelier life.

Date & Time

1st-12th April 2019 | Monday to Friday | 10.00-17.00


LARA London
371 Clapham Road
London SW9 9BT
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The Easter School is the perfect introduction to atelier study. Based in our central London studio, you will enjoy the same teaching as our full-time Foundation and Diploma students. The course also begins with expert guidance for those new to the sight-size method.

The course is suitable for beginners and professional artists alike. Due to the unique nature of the atelier method students of all levels of experience are able to work alongside each other while receiving individual critiques and feedback.

This course requires a minimum number of enrolments to run.

Aims of This Course

In week one you will work exclusively in the figure room producing ten three-hour drawings or paintings, with a different pose being set each day. In the morning you will work in pencil to focus on proportion, gesture, body type, shadow shape with good variety and quality of line. In the afternoon you will work from the same pose as the morning session but trying a different medium every day from the full-time course: charcoal, charcoal and chalk, raw umber wipe out, monochrome oil painting and Zorn palette oil painting.

In week two you will mirror the work of the full-time students by spending half the day in the figure room and half the day in the cast room. In the mornings you will work on one drawing over the five sessions of the figure in whichever material you most enjoyed from the first week. Likewise in the afternoons you will work from a simple cast in your preferred medium. There is also the option of working on a Bargue copy, the first exercise of the curriculum, but students should not expect to finish such a drawing in the five sessions.

We have a single week option available for those unable to attend for the full two weeks. If attending week two only the student’s medium choice would be limited to pencil or charcoal.

The Facilities

The figure model pose in the second week will be sustained over the five days, providing you with a wonderful opportunity to observe the figure with accuracy and under unvarying light conditions in order to develop your drawing or painting.

The class size is a maximum of 18 so you will receive tailored one-to-one attention.

LARA has tea and coffee making facilities and is close to several coffee shops, takeaways and pubs in Clapham North.


Please bring the following materials with you. Items marked with an asterisk are stocked in the LARA shop. Please call ahead if you would like to reserve items to ensure availability.

For drawing

  • Pencils* – HB, B, 2B
  • Putty Rubber*
  • Nitram charcoal* – H, B, HB
  • Paper for all drawings undertaken in week one will be provided. Various papers may be needed for week 2 (Canson, Roma or Arches)*
  • A small black mirror* and a small white mirror*
  • Masking Tape*
  • Fixative* (for use only outside of the building)
  • Plumbline* You can read how to make your own plumbline here: http://www.aristidesatelier.com/blog/making-plumb-line
  • Something to carry your drawings safely home in on the last day (A1)
  • A mug for tea and coffee

For painting

  • You will require 3 small (roughly A4) canvasses, canvas boards, gesso boards or pieces of canvas paper for week one. We recommend linen canvas over cotton canvas
  • If you intend to paint in the second week in either the cast or the figure room you will need either one or two medium-sized (roughly 16”x24”) canvasses, canvas boards, or gesso boards. Please also bring a small canvas off-cut/piece of canvas paper to do a colour study for each of your paintings
  • Wooden arm palette* (if you are right handed please buy a palette held in the left hand and vice versa)
  • 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 sizes is essential for handling large areas of the painting, as well as small details. A set of at least 5 ‘filberts’ and 5 ‘flats’ should be enough to get started, ranging from size 2-8 (guideline only as there is no standardisation of sizes between brush companies)
  • Flexible steel palette knife*
  • Refined linseed oil*
  • Winsor & Newton Sansodor* (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 solvent it contains and stored overnight in the yellow Hazchem cupboards)
  • Metal dipper* for medium
  • A good supply of kitchen roll or rags for cleaning brushes
  • Tupperware tub for keeping paints overnight
  • Something to carry your wet paintings home in or with – for this we recommend a canvas carrier* or canvas pins. 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

Oil Paint: the LARA palette

  • Lead White – PW1 or Titanium White – PW6*
  • Nickel Yellow* – PY53 (not required for the first week)
  • Yellow Ochre* – PY43
  • Cadmium Red* – PR 108 (or cheaper alternative English Red PR 1C1)
  • Alizarin Crimzon* – PR 83 (more permanent alternatives: Quindacridone Magenta – PR122, Quindacridone Maroon – PR 206) (not required for the first week)
  • Cobalt Blue* – PB 28 (or cheaper alternative Ultramarine Blue PB 29) (not required for the first week)
  • Raw Umber* – PBr 7
  • Ivory Black* – PBk 9
  • Tracing paper – 5 A4 sheets and sheets the same size as each of your second week canvasses if applicable
  • Willow charcoal
  • We highly recommend Old Holland, C Roberson, Blockx, Vasari and Winsor & Newton.


“The clever structure of this course has made it possible to pick up many techniques in a very short space of time. The first week definitely prepared me for what I wanted to specialise in for the second” – Jayson Singh, Easter School student 2017

“The tutors were very focused on the students and you felt they were constantly watching and constructively pointing out where improvements could be made. They were very encouraging” – Louise Lobley, Easter School student 2017

Scholarship Competition

All 16-20 year olds are eligible to apply to win a free place on Easter School. The deadline for applications is 11th February 2019.

Please click here for more information on how to apply.

Begin our Curriculum

On week 1 of Easter School you will produce ten three-hour drawings which happens to be the requirement for exercise 1 of the Foundation and Diploma curricula. The decision has been taken that if Easter School students complete these drawings to the Director or Studies’ satisfaction they may be counted towards progress on the LARA Curriculum. The student would then begin any full-time or part-time study on the second exercise of the Curriculum.

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