As we prepare to open this year’s Young Artists’ Summer Show, we asked schoolteacher Stephanie Cubbin what her art students have taught her about taking risks, sharing, and independence.
What does a 230-year-old household bill tell us about life modelling in the 18th-century? Here, we explore the historical role of the female nude life model at the RA.
Angelica Kauffman and Mary Moser were the only two female founders of the Royal Academy. Here, we take a closer look at their careers and the challenges they faced within the RA.
19th-century women faced an uphill struggle to get equal access to training at the Royal Academy Schools. Here, we delve into the RA Archive to learn more about women’s fight for equality.
We’ve loved seeing you being creative at home with our online activities. If you need more inspiration during lockdown, we’ve picked out some other great resources from the UK’s art galleries and organisations…
In this special event, Antony Gormley discusses a career spanning over 40 years and his most ambitious exhibition in a decade.
Hear from some of the talented artists in our Young Artists’ Summer Show, which celebrates the creativity of young people aged 7-19.
As building works start on our RA250 renovations, look out for new works of art surrounding Burlington Gardens – designed by artists of the future.
From a curator’s introduction to the work of Liotard, to experts discussing the artist’s use of pastel and his depiction of costume, we present a round-up of podcasts on this eccentric and skilful artist.
Performance and protest is key to the work of Ai Weiwei, as it is to many of his contemporaries. But in the face of global crisis, can art really effect change? Professor Jen Harvie explores the role of the artist-activist.
We invited families to create their own shadow boxes inspired by the work of Cornell. Here’s how to do it…
We asked members of staff to pick their highlights from this year’s A-level Summer Exhibition Online, which showcases the work of the country’s talented young artists and runs parallel to the RA’s Summer Exhibition.
An avid collector who defied categorisation and never spent a night away from home, Cornell also exhibited with the biggest names of his day. So what makes an artist an outsider artist? Five experts discuss.
Each year the RA’s Learning team puts together an online exhibition of outstanding work by A-level students. Ann Gilmore explains how this year’s show came together.
The Ted Hughes Poetry Prize-nominated author and leader of our Joseph Cornell-inspired short course explores the poets whose writings had a profound effect on the artist.
Our Head of Learning writes about the creative partnership between the Royal Academy and top recording artist Usher.
How do you break the barriers that stop people coming to an art institution? Caroline Bugler gets some first-hand experience of the RA’s creative sessions that encourage access for everyone.
As she prepares for Dementia Awareness Week 2015, we chat to Access Manager Molly Bretton about her daily life at the RA.
From life modelling to behind the scenes of ‘Mr Turner’, we round up our most-read blog posts from the past year.
The RA’s Courtney Cooke joins one of our Worldwide Art Tours, created specially by our travel partner Cox & Kings for Friends of the RA.
A recent event for blind and visually impaired visitors engaged the senses of smell, touch, taste and hearing to explore our building’s architecture and history.
Ahead of our Provocations in Art Salon, speakers Stacy Boldrick, Lyndsey Morgan and Grace Woodward describe their first reactions to a work that has sparked everything from vandalism to real-life re-creation. What’s your view?
Who was Mr. Turner? A contradiction, Timothy Spall told us at a recent panel discussion on Mike Leigh’s biopic. Watch the event and a behind-the-scenes video about the film here.
Our Outreach programme has been bringing life drawing workshops to schools for over 20 years. Tutor Paul Brandford tells us what’s involved.
The presenter, fashion commentator, stylist and feminist explains why she identifies with Allen Jones’s controversial works and picks a few of her favourites.
The Lord Mayor’s Show has been taking over the streets of London for nearly 800 years, and features a parade of over 6000 people. This year, the RA’s Learning Team were delighted to be part of that tradition.
Last weekend saw a ‘groovy’ Late event at the RA, in collaboration with University of the Arts London, inspired by ‘Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album’.
Ahead of this year’s workshop to mark The Big Draw, we asked RA staff to send us their Kiefer-inspired drawings.
How the attention given to material choices and use in our ‘Sensing Spaces’ exhibition inspired a debate about the essential building blocks of architecture.
Ahead of a special event at the RA, one of our panellists tells us about the figures behind a 19th-century love triangle that scandalised the art world.
Have you ever walked around London and wished you’d had a camera to hand and the confidence to capture the street life of the capital?
As the exhibition draws to a close, we asked three RA members of staff to select their highlight.
Summer holiday fun for tiny Turners and kid Constables.
Inspired by ‘Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album’, a crowd of teenagers from the RA’s youth programme attRAct took to the streets of Soho to document the city.
Ever wondered how we plan for our monthly Family Studios? Book artist Anna Nunhofer takes us behind the scenes of the Learning department as she prepared for July’s workshop ‘Beguiling Books’.
Looking for ways to keep your kids interested this summer? Why not try a visit to the Summer Exhibition, a perfect opportunity to introduce children to art.
Claire Madge observes a family SEN (Special Educational Needs) workshop at the RA.
Rebecca Milling describes the story of how straws from our ‘Sensing Spaces’ exhibition travelled to Swawou Layout Foundation Primary School for Girls, Sierra Leone.
On Sunday, the RA played host to a great LEGO challenge.
For many homeless and marginalised people, art-making can seem a closed-off world. Our learning team tell us how the RA is trying to change that.
In celebration of the RA’s forthcoming exhibition ‘Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album’ the BFI is launching a Dennis Hopper retrospective in July, showcasing a selection of Hopper’s finest films.
The judging panel of this year’s A-level Summer Exhibition Online discusses their selection process.
If you came down to the RA last Sunday, you were sure of a big surprise…
Two of our interns tell us about what life is like working in the Learning Department at the RA.
Great news for families and young people! As of early June 2014, we are extending our offer of free admission to all exhibitions here at the RA to children aged 15 and under.
Picture the scene: you’re an A-level art student, approaching the end of your course and considering your educational future. What comes next?
As part of the RA Outreach programme we give school students across the UK the chance to take part in life drawing workshops to discover the important role that drawing can play in developing creativity. But what’s it like to be a life model and pose for these budding young artists?
On Sunday 13 April families gathered at the Royal Academy to participate in our epic pre-Easter celebrations at the ‘Lego Reimagined’ workshop.
Inspired by the chiaroscuro woodcuts in ‘Renaissance Impressions’, our Learning Department recently held a fun hands-on workshop for families.
This Friday, we welcome the theatre company Small Things, who will present a performance that challenges perceptions of age and ageing.
It’s not only the critics who have been hailing the success of ‘Sensing Spaces’; the exhibition has been a huge hit with school groups too.
Welcome to Print Month. This April we’re celebrating the versatile art of printmaking, with a packed programme of exhibitions, events and online activity.
Beth Schneider, Head of Learning, delves between the pages of ‘In the Company of the Courtesan’ by Sarah Dunant, our RA Book Club novel of the month.
We put the question to Jennifer Zielinska, part of the RA’s attRAct programme, and Royal Academician and fine artist Cornelia Parker
A special late opening of ‘Sensing Spaces’ as part of our attRAct programme.
Families put on their most gorgeous grins and came along to the RA for the January Family Studio workshop ‘Funny Faces’, inspired by the work of French artist and caricaturist Honoré Daumier.
We’ve recently been awarded £12.7m by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). It’ll transform our buildings – but also the way we engage with our visitors.