Summer School | Drawing and Painting

Summer School provides a wonderful introduction to sight-size cast and figure drawing and painting, and a perfect insight into studying at LARA.

Date & Time

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


LARA London
371 Clapham Road
London SW9 9BT
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You will receive the same teaching, from the same tutors, as our Foundation and Diploma students and come away with drawings and paintings to be proud of. The Summer School is designed to mirror atelier study, so this course is perfect if you are considering joining us full or part-time and would like to try a taster first. Just like a full-time student, you will spend three hours a day studying cast drawing or painting and three hours a day life drawing or painting.

The course is taught using the sight-size method. This simple technique will be explained to you on the first day. It can help you produce highly accurate drawings and enables our tutors to give you precise guidance.

This course requires a minimum number of enrolments to run.

Aims of This Course

In week one, you will work in either pencil or charcoal. Pencil drawing has a focus on variety of line, proportion, gesture, body type and how to design shadow shapes. With charcoal we add consideration of values (how light or dark things are), which is a good preparation for painting.

In week two, there is the opportunity to paint, if you would like. You will be instructed in how to do a transfer drawing, how to mix colours using the LARA limited palette and how to apply paint. Alternatively, you might decide to continue working on developing your drawing skills, depending on how comfortable you feel with the process.

We have a single week option available for those unable to attend for the full two weeks. However, if you would like to paint we highly recommend that you attend for the full two weeks.

The Facilities

The same model pose is sustained for the duration of the two weeks, providing you with a wonderful opportunity to observe the figure in detail and under constant lighting conditions.

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.


“The tutors were enthusiastic, knowledgeable and very personable. They were generous with their time and instruction” – Anthea Jones, Summer School student 2018


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 your drawing:

  • Pencils* – HB, B, 2B or Nitram charcoal* – HB, B, HB
  • Putty Rubber*
  • A small black mirror* and a small white (normal) mirror*
  • Fixative* (for use only outside of the building)
  • Plumbline* You can read how to make your own plumbline here:
  • Something to carry your drawings safely home in on the last day (A1)

For your transfer drawing:

  • Tracing paper* – one or two sheets the same size as your canvas
  • Charcoal* – this can be inexpensive willow charcoal
  • Masking tape

LARA will provide basic paper for transfer drawings and the LARA shop stocks finer paper if required.

For your painting:

The LARA palette | Oil paints:

  • Titanium White* (PW6) or Lead White (PW1) if you prefer and have a supply
  • Nickel Yellow* (PY 53)
  • Yellow Ochre* (PY 43)
  • Cadmium Red* (PR 108) or a cheaper alternative such as English Red (PR 1C1) or Winsor and Newton Scarlet Red.
  • Alizarin Crimson* (PR 83) or a more permanent alternative such as Quindacridone Magenta (PR 122) or Quindacridone Maroon (PR 206)
  • Cobalt Blue* (PB 28) or a cheaper alternative such as Ultramarine Blue (PB 29)
  • Raw Umber* (PBr 7)
  • Ivory Black* (PBk 9)

As to brands we recommend Old Holland, C Roberson, Blockx, Vasari and Winsor and Newton (least expensive). For a Short Course cheaper paints are entirely adequate.

Painting supports:

  • Small (roughly A4) canvas off-cut, panel or canvas paper* for your colour study
  • A stretched linen canvas* or gesso panel approximately 18″ x 24″. It’s advisable to bring two canvases of the same size to help you transport your painting home safely. Please note you cannot leave wet paintings at LARA to collect later.  If you know how to put down 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.

Painting equipment:

  • Balanced wooden arm palette* (if you are right handed, please buy a palette to hold in the left hand, and vice versa)
  • A good selection of hog bristle brushes*. 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.  To get started, a set of at least five ‘filberts’ and five ‘flats’ should be enough. We recommend Rosemary & Co brushes.
  • Flexible steel palette knife*
  • Refined linseed oil*
  • Winsor and Newton Sansodor* or Jackson’s low odour solvent (odourless turpentine substitute for painting). Please note you cannot use turpentine within the LARA studios.
  • Airtight metal brush cleaner or jam jar. These must be clearly labelled with your name, course including dates and contents.
  • Metal dipper* for medium
  • A good supply of kitchen roll for cleaning brushes
  • A tupperware tub for keeping paints overnight
  • Something to carry your wet paintings home with on the last day, for example, 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.

Learn from the best tutors

Lizet Dingemans

"LARA has helped me become confident as an artist."

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"

Lucas Garcia

"Having seen a lot of art, good and bad, I have realised the importance of fluency of technique in visual expression. It is because of this that I value this kind of training."

From: £435.00

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