Evening School | Sustained Pose

Work towards your LARA Foundation or Diploma Certificate in the evening.

Date & Time

Tuesday evenings during term | 18.30-21.30


LARA London
371 Clapham Road
London SW9 9BT
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Work towards your LARA Foundation or Diploma Certificate.

As LARA celebrates ten years of providing quality art training, our tutors have reconfigured the curriculum to incorporate everything we’ve learnt about teaching you along the way! Our Foundation (150 days) and Diploma (300 days) students are now all following this carefully crafted set of exercises, designed to take the student from beginner to proficient painter in oils.

And now we’d like to open this opportunity to our Evening School students. If this is something you are interested in please let the school know when you apply so that the necessary arrangements can be made (you will do some exercises other than figure drawing). We are pleased to also announce that exercises from the curriculum can also be completed in our Saturday School.

Of course, progress through the curriculum will be slow at three-six hours a week but we understand sometimes life prevents us dedicating more time to our passion – we think it’s still best to use the time you have.

Please note, there is no obligation to follow the Foundation or Diploma curriculum on Evening School and the usual tailored programme of figure drawing exercises can still be undertaken.

This course requires a minimum number of enrolments to run.

Aims of this Course

We teach a clear and simple approach to developing an accurate, naturalistic figure drawing using the sight-size technique and you can expect the same high quality of teaching found on our full-time courses.

Working from the model in a sustained pose over five to ten weeks you learn the fundamentals of the sight-size technique in the context of line and mass drawing.

The teaching structure is the same as the Foundation and Diploma course. Given the unique advantage of retaining the same spot every week, you are enabled in experiencing the value of studying a prolonged pose. You are given continual critiques and feedback about improvements to take into the next pose or further work outside the school.

This course will address:

  • Learning accurate measurement, using both sight-size and comparative techniques
  • Contour drawing
  • Use of value in order to create the impression of form and light
  • Correct use of medium

No prior experience necessary.

This course requires a minimum number of enrolments to run.

The Facilities

The figure room is located within the main studio, allowing for the use of the main facilities of the full-time school.

The Evening School takes place in the same figure room as the Foundation and Diploma course and therefore benefits from the excellent studio facilities.

We have a range of high quality CRI light options, all the way from soft and hard artificial lights of differing temperature. Resulting in the truest skin tone and recreating the similar lighting conditions used in atelier studios though out the years.

Limited to 15 students, this is a wonderful opportunity for close instruction under a professional tutor.

Booking Options

Choose to study for five weeks, eight weeks or ten weeks, or just to attend a single session.

You can choose to study five or ten weeks consecutively or alternatively opt for our flexible study of eight weeks over the ten weeks.

Please note there is a break of one Tuesday School half way through, after the first 5 consecutive Tuesdays School, when there will be no Tuesday School and classes resume as normal the week after.



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.

  • Either wood pencils* or mechanical .7mm clutch pencils* in the following grades: 2H, H, HB, B
  • Nitram charcoal* (vine) H, HB, B This is only required if you have progressed onto charcoal. It can be purchased from the school. If you are working in charcoal you will need to use Roma paper which can be purchased from the school.
  • Pencil sharpener* or craft knife*
  • Putty rubber*/kneadable eraser*
  • Sandpaper block* for sharpening
  • Masking tape*
  • Plumbline* – You can read about how to make your own here: http://www.aristidesatelier.com/blog/making-plumb-line

Learn from the best tutors

Charlie Pickard

"Art making is fundamentally a creative endeavour. We must not forget this as we embark on our academic training. Every method learnt must be valued not only on how accurate an effect can be obtained but also on how much freedom it allows"

From: £215.00

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