ONE YEAR DRAWING COURSE

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The one year drawing course (academic year of 9 months- broken into 3 terms) is a proven means to improve your drawing skills at any point within your artistic career. Whether you need to brush up your drawing before a foundation course, hone your abilities after a degree, or improve a portfolio for industry, it is a suitable option for any starting level. LARA has welcomed mid career artists, recent graduates and those developing portfolios for film, computer animation and concept art onto the one year course.

The drawing skills taught at LARA, and the ability to truly observe and understand how to see, will only improve your confidence and ability in whatever artistic discipline you pursue.

Until relatively recently figure drawing has been the back bone of a western art training, whether fine art, graphic design or architecture. Our predecessors recognised the challenge of drawing the human form and how truly resolving the difficult drawing issues raised helped immeasurably in other aspects of their design training.

To achieve the LARA Drawing Certificate we expect students to meet our high standards when completing each assignment.

The quality of the drawings you produce will determine how quickly you progress through the curriculum. Each assignment needs to be completed to the highest standard, with each of the fundamental elements of the exercise understood before moving on. In many cases you will be required to repeat an assignment, but we envisage students completing the assignments within a year.

MEDIUMS YOU WILL WORK IN:

Pencil Drawing

The pencil drawing elements are used to focus on developing a competent outline drawing, and understanding the foundations of a good figure drawing. Pencil allows for full exploration of sound proportion, a lively gesture, and strong construction. It is very important to get to grips with line and understand form at this stage in order to achieve your desired results when it comes to charcoal work and ultimately painting.

Charcoal Drawing

Charcoal introduces you to working in masses with a broad range of values, allowing you to make a highly naturalistic impression of the figure. It also provides a naturalistic progression into painting.

ASSIGNMENTS

All of the following assignments can be found in the Student Handbook, but for ease we have mentioned the necessary requirements below.

Bargue drawing

We recommend you practice these assignments before attending. But we may require you to study a few Barques before moving to Cast Drawing.

Figure Drawing

Charcoal and chalk figure drawing by student Tom Greenwood

This will consist of at least six sustained poses lasting from two to five weeks though out the year.

  • Pencil Block-ins- These are small drawing studies to understand the gesture of the model before moving to the long pose.
  • Pencil Figure Drawing on white Canson paper - Working with an HB clutch pencil and putty rubber focusing on contour, shadow patterns, form and variety of line.
  • Charcoal on white Roma paper- Working with a range of Nitram vine charcoal to understand mass and broader value range akin to painting
  • Charcoal using white chalk on toned Roma paper- Similar to the previous assignment, but using toned Roma paper as the mid-tone and white chalk to create the lightest light. This is closer to the working methods of painting.
  • Sketching in any medium -Every Wednesday evening, a good way to work on gesture and artistic interpretation

Cast Drawing

Charcoal Cast Drawing by student Lee Dexter

Cast drawing is studied for three hours a day, although you are welcome to study longer after hours if you are able. The school runs a buddy system to allow you to stay after hours.

  • Pencil drawing of a simple cast on Canson paper - Working with an HB pencil and putty rubber focusing on contour, shadow patterns, form and variety of line.
  • Finished charcoal drawing of a simple cast on white Roma paper - Working with a range of Nitram vine charcoal to understand mass and broader value range akin to painting
  • Finished charcoal drawing of a moderately difficult cast on white Roma paper-As above, but with increased complexity to help you work with shapes.
  • Finished charcoal drawing of a complex cast on white Roma paper- As above.
  • Finished charcoal and white chalk of a complex cast on grey toned paper - Similar to the previous assignment, but using toned Roma paper as the mid-tone and white chalk to create the lightest light. This is closer to the working methods of painting

Secondary assignments

Portrait Drawing 

This is optional as it will be an added cost in order to hire a model. During cast assignments it is entirely possible to fit portrait drawing and we recommend this if and when you can.

Charcoal Portrait Drawing by tutor Giles Lester

Completing these assignments does not necessarily mean you will be entitled to paint as we want each student to complete the drawing stage to the highest of standards. In most cases further figure drawing is required before painting. Whatever the case you will start with cast painting and may find you reach this point within the first year.

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