I spent july 2022 at London Fine Art Studios on an intensive foundation, figure, portrait, and landscape course. Unfortunately I was unwell for most of the landscape week, but I loved my time there!
We did about 5 hours of drawing / painting a day, with lots of one-on-one tuition and feedback. Everyone was very friendly, but mainly focused on improving their skills.
I noticed that the rate of improvement, both in myself and other students, was largely down to attitude; how willing we were to erase and re-do until we had absorbed and acted on the tutor's feedback.
I would highly recommend the school! There was a wide range of abilities, but the atelier teaching style accommodates this by design.
In spring 2022, I worked through most of the videos and exercises from New Masters Academy's traditional Russian academic drawing course. It was largely in graphite, which was a nice medium to learn in.
I was amazed at how sculptural, yet logical, the style of drawing was; lots of plotting lines, erasing, and re-working on the page.
I got too busy before I could finish working through all the human body studies - hence the strange bias towards heads and... feet...