The portrait is an integral part of the LARA curriculum. Throughout the program students are encouraged to work with portrait models on increasingly complex projects of their own devising. Whether the portrait is painted or drawn depends on how far they have progressed within the framework of the curriculum. Before painting the portrait in oils, a full value study in charcoal and white chalk is required to have been completed to demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in dealing with structure and values.
On completing the LARA Curriculum the student will be well equipped to handle the problems of executing commissioned portraits, but more importantly will have gained insight into the possibilities offered by working with a live model to achieve their own artistic vision.

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