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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 and throughout the year. With flexible payment options (including a pay in instalments programme) and the option to study across evenings and weekends, our courses are accessible to all.

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!



Founded 2008
Course languages English
Part-Time Instructors 13
Full-Time Instructors 3
Students 36
Accommodation No

Part time: GBP 1600 / semester

Full time: GBP 9450 / year


371 Clapham Road

London, England, United Kingdom

The Clown | BP Portrait Award | Anastasia Pollard

Bryan | Royal Society of Portrait Painters | Luca Indraccolo

Iska by Luca Indraccolo

The Abandoned Soldier | Trafalgar Square James Napier

Paul McCartney | Madame Tussards | Jethro Crabb

Royal British Society of Artists | Sofia Welch

Archbishop of Canterbury | Simon Watkins

Corinne by Anastasia Pollard | BP Portrait Award 2016

Kimbal by Sofia Welch | ARC Scholarship

Michael | Lucas Garcia

ARC Scholarship | Charlie Pickard

The Sculptor | BP Portrait Awards 2018 | Jamie Coreth

Daniel Sequeira | Exhibited at The Discerning Eye

Luca Garcia | Royal Society of Portrait Painters

ARC Scholarship | Svetlana Semenova

ARC Scholarship Winner | Edith Dormandy

St Benedict | Charlie Pickard

Rainbow-Bear | Sally Furest

Diggins | Arvid Antonesn

Pop | Sally Furest

Ella | Alastair Brown

Threadneedle Winner | Lewis Haselwood Horner

RBA Artist of the Year | Lizet Dinemans

Winnner of BP Young Portrait Award | Jamie Coreth

Figure Studio | Easter Course

Cast Studio | Full & Part Time

Drop in Figure Drawing | Open to all

LARA Studio | Study part-time or full-time, weekdays evenings or weekends

A LARA student working on a still-life