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London Atelier of Representational Art

371 Clapham Rd, London, United Kingdom

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The London Atelier of Representational Art (LARA) was established in response to the rarity of rigorous representational art education in the UK. LARA teaches the fundamentally important aspects of drawing, painting and sculpture from life through the "sight size" method and uses a specific approach designed to teach the essential concepts of proportion, line, gesture, form and light.

Inspired by the atelier method of instruction, LARA offers a unique training with sustained poses of no less than two weeks and up to one month, giving optimum time to observe and understand the figure. LARA believes "To successfully draw from life, one must first understand how to see".

A half day is spent drawing or painting from the nude model, the other half the cast, still life, or portrait model. Each project lasts a minimum of two weeks. Class numbers are limited to no more than 26 and all tutors are classically trained working artists implementing a highly structured style with regular critical appraisal.

LARA welcomes part-time and full-time students, with courses running from one-week intensive workshops to three year full time training. The school also offers weekend classes and holiday schools to aid those with additional commitments.

LARA recognises that students learn at different rates and will arrive with different levels of experience. As a result the approach is flexible, all levels of ability are catered for and teaching is tailored to individual requirements. For further information about the courses please view

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Founded 2008
Course languages English
Part-Time Instructors 18
Full-Time Instructors 3
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Part time: EUR 2360 / year

Full time: EUR 10150 / year

London Atelier of Representational Art

371 Clapham Rd

London, United Kingdom

Old Man by James Napier

Jose by Anastasia Pollard

Clown by Anastasia Pollard

LARA Figure Room

The Abandoned Soldier by James Napier

2 Hour Portrait Sketch by Valentina Zlatarova

David Charcoal Figure Study by Valentina Zlatarova

Alain by Giles Lester

06 November 2017 to 08 November 2017

Understanding Color Masterclass

371 Clapham Rd, London, England SW9 9BT

300 GBP

This masterclass was first trialled with full-time LARA students, who found it gave them an invaluable perspective and education on colour. So it's now being offered to the wider LARA community. Think about colour in an entirely new way, with Andrew's expert insights. Learn to prioritise colour, see examples from artists who do just that and be challenged in this action-packed short course.

06 November 2017 to 09 November 2017

Concept Art Sketching Architecture and Landscapes Masterclass

371 Clapham Rd, London, England SW9 9BT

380 GBP

The course introduces students to perspective and gives them several techniques for outdoor sketching. Students will learn how to apply acquired knowledge whilst drawing on location.

12 November 2017 to 12 November 2017

Figure Drawing and Demo Day

371 Clapham Rd, London, England SW9 9BT

100 GBP

Sam Kaprielov's unique style and way of working make him a fantastic resource for all those who want to develop their quick drawing. Enjoy a day of drawing with like-minded people and this world-class artist.

07 November 2017 to 10 November 2017

Portrait Painting Masterclass

371 Clapham Rd, London, England SW9 9BT

595 GBP

This Portrait Painting Masterclass taught by Luca Indraccolo will teach you to paint a competent portrait in oils. To maintain the highest quality teaching and results there are no more than five students per portrait model allowing each student to a achieve a full portrait in oils within the four day course.

06 November 2017 to 10 November 2017

Figure Painting Masterclass

Trinity Road, Bristol, BS2 0NW

475 GBP

In this 5 day Figure Painting Masterclass you will learn how to paint the complicated subject of the human form in a simple and organised way. Taking advantage of a sustained pose for the entire duration of the course allows each student to first draw, then paint, the figure in sight size.