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The Making of an Artist: Learning to Draw

The Julia and Hans Rausing Hall, Royal Academy of Arts

19 May — 8 Dec 2019

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.

Featuring drawings by RA students, the display traces their progress from studying plaster casts and anatomy to the Life Class. Architecture was also taught in the RA Schools up until the early 1960s and the display includes a selection of impressive finished architectural drawings and plans.

19 May 2018 — 8 December 2019

Daily 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 10pm


The Julia and Hans Rausing Hall, Royal Academy of Arts