Easter School | Drawing and Painting Bootcamp

There are no shortcuts to learning to draw and paint, but that doesn't mean we should dawdle!

Date & Time

Multiple dates | Monday to Friday | 10.00-17.00


LARA London
371 Clapham Road
London SW9 9BT
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Drawing Bootcamp: 30th March – 3rd April

Painting Bootcamp: 6th – 10th April
(discount if enrolled on Drawing Bootcamp)

This Easter, treat yourself to professional coaching to:

  • Find out your strengths and weaknesses
  • Develop an actionable plan for your learning
  • Meet others as dedicated as you

Suitable for beginners, improvers and experienced artists looking to solidify their understanding.

10% discount for school art teachers.

15% discount for sixth-form students.

Cover image by Simon Watkins.

Structure of the Course

Drawing Bootcamp
Cast Room

Day 1: Bargue Drawing.*
Find the rigour – using pencil, measuring, shape, value, edge.

Day 2 and 3: Cast Drawing.
Practice and build – turning form and modelling.

Day 4: One-to-one Portfolio Critiques.
Assess where you are and discover where you could be.

Day 5: Cast Drawing.
Go further – see more than you’ve ever seen before.

*Bargue drawing to be completed independently after course.


Painting Bootcamp
Figure Room

Day 1: Gesture Sketch.
Find the essence – try pencil and paint.

Day 2: Transfer Drawing and Colour Studies.
Set yourself up for success.

Day 3, 4 and 5: Figure Painting.
No holding back! Group and individual tuition throughout.

IF you’ve energy left at the end of the day Easter School attendees are welcome to attend our drop-in life/portrait sessions for free on the Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The Facilities

Drawing Bootcamp will take place in the atelier cast room, making use of the controlled lighting set up. Each student will have their own spot with shelving for their belongings.

Painting Bootcamp will take place in the atelier figure room, again making use of the controlled lighting set up, specially configured for figure painting.

Easels and drawing boards provided.

There is a sofa and tea and coffee making facilities for break times.


​Please note that materials marked with an asterisk can be purchased in the LARA shop, subject to availability. To reserve items please contact us by email.

For both Drawing and Painting Bootcamp:

·       At least two B pencils* (or one mechanical pencil with B leads, 2mm)

·       At least two HB pencils* (or mechanical pencil HB leads, 2mm)

·       Putty rubber*

·       Sanding block* for use with standard pencils (communal sanding block provided) or lead pointer* if using mechanical pencils.

·       Wooden skewer (provided)

·       Plumbline (provided)

·       Pocket white (normal) mirror*

·       Pocket black mirror*

·       Stump* (optional)

·       Maulstick* (optional)

·       Nitram charcoal grades B, HB and H*

·       Various papers which can be purchased at the LARA shop (some provided)

For Painting Bootcamp only:

·       Willow charcoal*

·       Tracing paper* (as big as your canvas)

·       Kitchen roll*

·       Bag for scraps

·      Empty jam jar for storing used sansodor oil

·      Empty jam jar or metal brush washer* for cleaning brushes

·       Sansodor oil*

·       Liquid/bar soap* or washing up liquid for brush cleaning

·       A4/A3 canvas paper* or canvas scraps

·       Readymade linen canvas* or gesso board (around 50 x 60 cm)

·       Refined linseed oil*

·       Metal dipper*

·       Oil paint: Titanium White (PW6)*

·       Oil paint: Yellow Ochre (PW53)*

·       Oil paint: Cadmium Red (PR 108)*

·       Oil paint: Ivory Black (PBk9)*

·       Oil paint: Raw Umber (PBR7)*

·       Oil paint: Further colours could include Alizarin Crimson*, Nickel Yellow*, Cobalt Blue* or any pigments you prefer/want to try

·       Large balanced wooden kidney palette*

·       Brushes: five hog filberts (long handle) in range of sizes*

·       Brushes: five hog flats (long handle) in range of sizes*

(The more brushes, the easier it is to keep colour mixes clean. A variety of sizes is essential for handling large areas of the painting as well as small details.)

·       Palette knife*

·       A tupper for storing squeezed paint overnight.

·       For taking your painting home it is advisable to bring a second canvas of the same size to protect the wet painting. Alternatively a canvas carrier can be used.


‘Lucy has been an excellent tutor and coach. Her dedication, enthusiasm and skills have made the course into a great experience. Her teaching has been exceedingly competent technically, and her knowledge has been transmitted with passion, plenty of humour, and tact. She made all the difference between an average masterclass and an excellent one.’ – Fabio Favata, Portrait Drawing Workshop

Learn from the best tutors

Lucy Fyffe Parham

"Drawing is a constant play between variety and unity."

From: £435.00

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