The RA Outreach Programme is founded on the principle that artistic development and creative growth are best encouraged by providing an open, yet structured mental and physical context in which students can explore a breadth of ideas, feelings and behaviours, rather than primarily learning to replicate the world around them or focusing on the acquisition of technical skills.
The programme encourages students as individuals and in groups to reflect on the experiential nature of drawing, on how choices and decisions are made and how change can be accommodated. The ability to observe and analyse is important but so is the ability to interpret and invent and to understand the process of transition and transformation.
Understanding how artists think, behave and the personal development they make, enables students to think more deeply about their own journey as they move forward in their artwork as well as their lives. Drawing is an excellent elemental process that unlocks how we see, feel and express ourselves. The subject of the life model is a powerful metaphor for life itself, enabling participants to explore the essence of the human form and its various states of being, its physicality, vulnerability, personality or spirituality. Giving young people the confidence to make stronger decisions about their artwork and to believe in their own voice in a liberating but disciplined environment, Outreach is not just about learning how to draw but learning how to learn.