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London Atelier of Representational Art


LARA, 371 Clapham Road, London, England, United Kingdom

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LARA offers a full-time and part-time three term Foundation, and a full-time and part-time nine term Diploma, alongside Easter and Summer Schools and an exciting programme of short courses throughout the year.

LARA was established in 2008 in response to the rarity of rigorous representational art training in the UK. We are delighted that our alumni now work in fields as diverse as portraiture, digital concept art for video games, scenic art for theatre and contemporary fine art. Many of our alumni have won prestigious awards such as the Columbia Threadneedle Prize.

On the Foundation and Diploma courses, our tutors, all atelier-trained, use the 'sight size' method and our carefully designed curriculum to teach our students the fundamental concepts of proportion, line, gesture, form and light. Once drawing is mastered the student is introduced to colour theory and moves into working in oils. Throughout the course the teaching day is split between drawing or painting from the nude model (on sustained poses of no less than thirty hours) and working on cast drawing or painting projects, still-lives and portraits. Students receive at least two one-to-one critiques each day from the tutor and their progress through the curriculum and development is well recorded. 

With such tailored teaching we are able to cater to all levels of training and experience on our Foundation and Diploma. Similarly, unless stated, our short courses are open to students at any point of their art education. In general the maximum number of students on a short course will only be eight or ten so the tutor has the resources to help you according to your individual requirements.

We look forward to welcoming you to one of our studios.



Founded 2008
Course languages English
Part-Time Instructors 13
Full-Time Instructors 3
Students 28
Accommodation No

Part time: GBP 1600 / semester

Full time: GBP 9450 / year



371 Clapham Road

London, England, United Kingdom

Old Man by James Napier

Jose by Anastasia Pollard

Clown by Anastasia Pollard

The Abandoned Soldier by James Napier

Alain by Giles Lester

2 Hour Portrait Sketch by Valentina Zlatarova

David Charcoal Figure Study by Valentina Zlatarova

LARA Figure Room

21 January 2019 to 25 January 2019

Portrait Drawing Masterclass

371 Clapham Road, London, sw9 9bt

650 GBP

13 January 2019 to 24 March 2019

Introduction to Limited Palette Painting

371 Clapham Rd, London, England SW9 9BT

425 GBP

11 January 2019 to 22 March 2019

Drop-in Art History Tutor-Led Seminar

371 Clapham Rd, London, England SW9 9BT

10 GBP

16 February 2019 to 16 February 2019

AMC at LARA Model-Led Themed Life Drawing

371 Clapham Rd, London, England SW9 9BT

21.55 GBP

LARA is thrilled to work with Art Model Collective to bring you model-led themed life drawing sessions, and this time the opportunity to animate your life drawing with a 360 degree pose!

31 March 2019 to 31 March 2019

AMC at LARA Model-Led Themed Life Drawing

371 Clapham Rd, London, England

21.55 GBP

LARA is thrilled to work with Art Model Collective to bring you model-led themed life-drawing sessions, and an eagerly anticipated tribute to Alphonse Mucha!

02 February 2019 to 03 February 2019

Basics of Oil Painting

371 Clapham Rd, London, England SW9 9BT

250 GBP

17 January 2019 to 11 February 2019

Easter Scholarship Competition Win a free place on our Easter School

371 Clapham Rd, London, England

ARC Approved London Atelier of Representational Art is delighted to announce their inaugural Easter Scholarship Competition! LARA London will host one first prize winner for the full two weeks of Easter School/Introduction to Materials (1st-12th April 2019, worth £845). In addition, one runner up will be hosted for one week of the Easter School (subject to availability, worth £435). Over the course of two weeks on Easter School students will be taught the essentials of cast drawing and figure drawing and painting, spending ten full days in the studios with 60 hours of contact time with LARA tutors, with a special emphasis on experimenting with materials used on the LARA Diploma. Deadline for applications: February 11, 2019.