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LARA Bids Goodbye for Now, but Not Forever

After 12 years, it is with a heavy heart that I am having to close down the LARA London studio due to the insurmountable difficulties the current pandemic has caused.

I set up LARA 12 years ago in answer to a lack of quality skills-based art training in the UK and I committed to creating a school where students could come without any prior training to learn the skills of drawing and painting. Over 4000 students have come through our doors since opening and when I look back at the happiness and pride LARA has afforded me through the excellent work that has been produced, the major national and international prizes won by our alumni, and the community that has been formed, I can say that it was all worthwhile. LARA has provided me with lasting friendships and many fond memories over the last decade, as well as the pleasure of seeing the friendships, relationships and marriages that have emerged in the student community.

After battling ever-increasing rent, moving studios and the uncertainty of Brexit, and now with Covid-19, things have been challenging. With our method of one-to-one teaching now presenting possible risks of transmission, as well as social distancing measures severely limiting student numbers and making some of the studio unfit for use, resuming teaching and continuing LARA in this form, at this time, is just not possible.

Whilst we do not yet know how or when LARA might be in a position to teach again, we are continuing to research new ways that the school might operate in the future, re-emerging from this crisis better and stronger. We hope that this crisis will force change, and create more sustainable futures for organisations who carry out the work that we really value. In the meantime, I want to thank you all for allowing LARA to play a part in your lives and your artistic development. It has been a pleasure to watch skills develop and artists flourish, and I hope that many of you will continue to stay in touch and share your work with us.

Our charity, Friends of LARA, will still be running and any support to enable LARA to forge a new direction would be greatly appreciated in these challenging times. Please see to donate.

Wishing all of you every success and happiness in the future.

James, LARA Director

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New work from LARA tutor and student , completed in term 1 at this year. Fantastic rhythm and temperate palette

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This lovely portrait is a golden oldie from tutor .

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We love the composition of this still life by tutor

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This lovely portrait was by former student for his 2019 solo exhibition: The Heart of London. Max has gone on to achieve great things since studying at LARA.

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Fantastic bargue study by student Alexander Wheeldon, from term 1 this year at .

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While the LARA studio is closed, why not use this period of quarantine as an opportunity to improve your technical skills? Our journal is a great resource for technical guides and tutorials. This image is from our post on fundamental forms, see for more. Let us know how you get on by tagging us in your work!

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alumnus loves his animals. This is Bruce, painted by Lewis last year!

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The use of monochrome is really striking in this portrait by alumni . We love the pose too!

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We're eager to get back in the studio!

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An oldie but a goodie. We love the pose of this grisaille drawing by tutor - about as upside down as we've been feeling these past few weeks!

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This fantastic charcoal drawing was produced by student during term 1 2020. So many current students showing great promise!

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We love this bright and eye catching piece from alumni , featured in our exhibition Graduating in Paint. Don't forget, all artworks are available to purchase online in our gallery

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This wonderful still life is by tutor & alumni . Ben left his career in law to pursue fine art and recently exhibited with the Annual Exhibition at .

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This technically detailed pencil cast drawing is by current student Alexander Wheeldon, produced during term 1 of 2020.



An Interview with Alastair 1

Why Choose an Atelier Training? Former student now splits his time between commissions and tutoring and recently exhibited at the annual exhibition at the . In this great interview he talks about why he chose traditional training, over a university degree.

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It's a real privilege to work with a live model as an artist, and we're sure many of our students are missing their studio time with professional models at .

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Tiepolo offers us a masterclass in hatching and line work in this forceful drawing.

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This charcoal drawing by student may be unfinished but it shows great promise. This work produced in term 1 this year at . We're sure our stduents can't wait to get back in the studio.

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Our Graduating in Paint exhibition may be postponed, but the artworks are still for sale in our online gallery. This exciting piece is by alumni is titled Explorers II and created in oil on board:

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Produced during her time at , former student produced this beautiful study of a hand in charcoal on . Svetlana has gone on to create brilliant work, and recently exhibited at the annual exhibition at the London.

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We often explore the work of our alumni and tutors, but it's rare we post about our models, without whom we could not do our jobs. Former life model has created a fascinating photography project, 'Body of Work', exploring the role of the model in the making of art. Read more in our latest post:

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This incredible figure drawing was completed by student and tutor during term 1, 2020. Some great work on contrast here.

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End of term are a great way to review progress and show off our students' work!

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Why not use this period to study a masterwork? Solomon J Solomon achieves a wonderful sense of luminosity and transparency in the flesh of this portrait of Blanche Marchesi.

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We can't wait until masterclasses are back in action! We are so proud of our tutors, who offer skill based workshops in everything from painting in monochrome, to alla prima portraiture.

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This wonderful pencil drawing is work completed in term 1 by current student Alexander Wheeldon. We can't wait to have him back in the studio!

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We love the use of light and shadow in this incredible portrait by tutor and alumni

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We are very proud to announce that one of our very own former students - - has been announced as Portrait Artist of The Year. The London based artist beat over 70 competitors to win the title, winning a £10,000 commission to paint musician , seen here, as well as £500 worth of art materials from . The wonderful portrait will be displayed in the Royal Albert Hall. See our latest journal post for more:
Image courtesy of Sky/Storyvault/PA

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Some days only Michaelangelo will do. The sculptural force of Michaelangelo's drawings remains unmatched!

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It's great to see what past students are up to, but we also love to look back at the academic work they produced while with us. This St Benedict cast drawing in charcoal on Roma paper was by during his time at in 2015.

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The subtle colour harmonies in this self portrait by Kroyer lend it a wonderful sense of light.

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What do get up to when there are no students to draw them?

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Our exhibition might be postponed for now, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the exhibiting artworks, which continue to be available for purchase on the exhibition gallery page of the website: We love this incredibly vivid painting of a bed titled 'How Can You Sleep at Night' by former student

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This handsomely sketched goat is by visiting tutor .artist

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This wonderful portrait of Ariella is by current student . Oil on arches paper. Such promising work!

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Wales Contemporary, the celebrating everything that makes Wales Welsh, is now open for entries!

For the chance to win £12,000 in prizes + exhibit at

, the Senedd and

enter here:

🎨 Moss Carroll, "Calon Ddaear”

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Frank Weston Benson's painting 'The Sunny Window' is filling us with optimism for spring! The Sense of light in this wonderful painting is is an incredible achievement. Weston Benson was an American Impressionist who started his career as a realist portrait painter, and this lovely portrait is from 1919.


To limit the number of students coming in and out of our doors, and the spread of , we have decided to suspend our evening drop-in course. We apologise for any inconvenience caused - please get in touch with [email protected] if you have any concerns.

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