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The Making of an Artist: Learning to Draw

The Julia and Hans Rausing Hall, Royal Academy of Arts

19 May — 31 Dec 2020

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.

Please note: This display has been closed until further notice. When we open on 9 July you’ll be able to see Picasso and Paper (pre-booking essential). Sign up for emails or follow us on social media for further updates.

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.

19 May 2018 — 31 December 2020

Temporarily closed


The Julia and Hans Rausing Hall, Royal Academy of Arts