Drop-in Life Drawing | Two Hour Pose

Looking for a relaxed weekly life-drawing session with great models and in a professional studio? Visit LARA and get a taste of life at the atelier.

Date & Time

Monday Evenings | 18:30-20:30


LARA London
371 Clapham Road
London SW9 9BT
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Please note that LARA is closed over the festive period. Drop-ins will recommence from Monday 6th January.

These sessions are fun, informal, untutored and open to anyone and there will always be at least one tutor present to supervise, and the model will sustain the same pose for the duration of the session.

Drawing a two hour pose is a great way to practise capturing gesture, body type and anatomy, as well as an opportunity to develop understanding of what makes a successful composition.

We hope you leave the session not only with drawings to be proud of, but also having met and chatted with lots of fellow artists with similar interests.

These sessions are intended to be relaxed and sociable and beginners welcome.

This course requires a minimum number of enrolments to run.

Aims of this Course

While the student’s work is self-led at the drop-in session, it is a great opportunity to practise the following:

  • Capturing gesture and body type
  • Learning to make quick but accurate proportional judgements
  • Using comparative measurement as opposed to sight-size
  • Using big, simplified shapes to represent gesture and form
  • Using two value, block-in mass drawing to represent simplified forms under lighting
  • Using contour and edges to describe more specific forms in a narrow value range
  • Creating a successful composition

The Facilities

The Drop-In Life Drawing takes place in the same figure room as the Foundation and Diploma course and therefore benefits from the excellent studio facilities.

We have a range of high quality CRI light options, all the way from soft and hard artificial lights of differing temperature. Resulting in the truest skin tone and recreating the similar lighting conditions used in atelier studios though out the years.

We provide chairs and drawing boards for all and, additionally, there are easels available on a first-come, first-served basis.

There will be a different model each week and eight easels available.


Please bring the following materials with you. Items marked with an asterisk are stocked in the LARA shop. Please call ahead if you would like to reserve items to ensure availability.

  • Either wood pencils* or mechanical .7mm clutch pencils* in the following grades: 2H, H, HB, B
  • Nitram charcoal* (vine) H, HB, B This is only required if you have progressed onto charcoal. It can be purchased from the school. If you are working in charcoal you will need to use Roma paper which can be purchased from the school.
  • Pencil sharpener* or craft knife*
  • Putty rubber*/kneadable eraser*
  • Sandpaper block* for sharpening
  • Masking tape*
  • Plumbline* – You can read about how to make your own here: http://www.aristidesatelier.com/blog/making-plumb-line

Booking and payment

There are 25 places available for this life drawing session.

Advanced booking will guarantee entry but early arrival is recommended if you would like an easel.

Please arrive at least ten minutes before the session begins.

Ten minutes before the session begins any unclaimed pre-booked places will be reallocated to anyone waiting for a place.

It is also possible to pay in cash on the door.

Remaining spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Subject to space, you can drop-in at any point in the two hour session from 18.30 onwards, you will still be required to pay the full amount.

Learn from the best tutors

Charlie Pickard

"Art making is fundamentally a creative endeavour. We must not forget this as we embark on our academic training. Every method learnt must be valued not only on how accurate an effect can be obtained but also on how much freedom it allows"

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