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The Making of an Artist: Learning to Draw

The Julia and Hans Rausing Hall, Royal Academy of Arts

Now on

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.

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 more recent history of the RA Schools is the focus of a new display entitled The RA Schools since 1945, which includes life drawings made by current Academicians Paul Huxley and Bryan Kneale during their time as Schools students; Leonard Rosoman’s drawing of the Schools corridor haunted by the ghost of former Keeper WW Russell; a sketchbook of work made in Madrid by former Schools student Lesley Hicks after receiving the Richard Ford Award; and Vanessa Jackson’s sketches of work shown by prospective Schools students at interview.

From 19 May 2018

Daily 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 10pm


The Julia and Hans Rausing Hall, Royal Academy of Arts