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We plan to reopen on Tuesday, 18 May! Find out more.

FREE

The Making of an Artist: Learning to Draw

The Julia and Hans Rausing Hall, Royal Academy of Arts

18 May — 31 Dec 2022

The RA has always had an art school. This display illustrates how art has been taught here over the past 250 years and gives a glimpse of what happens now.

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We plan to reopen this free display on Tuesday 18 May.
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For two and a half centuries, artists have been coming to the RA Schools to hone their craft, but students arriving today will have a very different experience to their 18th-century predecessors.

This display presents a formidable selection of plaster casts from the early years of the RA Schools displayed together with works on paper from the RA Collection, illustrating how drawing was taught at the Academy for over 200 years from 1769.

The current display also features drawings by Minnie Jane Hardman, a prize-winning student at the RA Schools from 1883-89. On loan from the University of Reading’s Art Collection, these student drawings highlight how Hardman navigated the social and institutional obstacles facing women art students at this time. For more information about the collection please visit the University of Reading’s website.

18 May 2021 — 31 December 2022

Tues–Sun: 10am–6pm

Free but booking is required (book your ticket here). Your free ticket gives you access to all our free displays, shops and cafés.

The Julia and Hans Rausing Hall, Royal Academy of Arts