The School will teach drawing and painting to artists who have already achieved some degree of competence in their work, and who wish to improve their technical skills and widen their understanding of drawing and painting. An atelier system will enable artists to learn from those with more experience, both from their peers and invited artists, who will teach by practical demonstration. The School will emphasise the primacy of drawing from observation. Studio work will be complemented by lectures on relevant subjects from the arts and sciences.
The development of the new RHA Studios and Atelier Programme
The redevelopment of the RHA building in 2008 provided wonderful new spaces which accommodate the new RHA School & Studios. This enabled the addition of a second larger drawing studio and four separate artist’s studios, alongside the existing large drawing studio which had been in use for a number of years. Once these were in place it allowed the beginning of a development towards the re-establishment of the RHA School, which ceased operation in the 1940’s.
Mick O’Dea RHA, the first School Principal between 2008 and 2011, set up a School Board consisting of artists and Honorary Members of the Academy. Until the School became fully operational, the plan was to develop an Atelier Programme of Activities based on the core beliefs of the RHA School. A programme grew organically, through a series of scheduled activities in response to interest and enquiries from many artists.
Invited artists completed residencies in the new artists’ studios on a continuous basis, for terms of up to three months. This arrangement is now replaced by the Emerging Artists’ Studio Award scheme offered to six successful applicants each year. Life drawing marathons and weekly drawing sessions were run on a frequent basis and a program of workshops was developed. In addition, a series of 22 lectures by Members of the Academy was presented on a weekly basis.
Current Programme (and continuing development)
The current programme is led by Joe Dunne RHA (elected Principal in October 2011) with Una Sealy ARHA as Assistant Principal and the School Management Committee (academy members and artists) who help to form the programme and facilitate the running of activities. A structured programme of lectures, workshops and drawing sessions has been developed in line with a three-term academic year (Sep-June) which will benefit artists hoping to expand and develop their own practice.
For further details on the current or up-coming programme, please follow the links for life drawing sessions, workshops, lectures and artists’ studios.
The foundations of this programme have developed from the School Mission Statement as devised by the School Board:
RHA SCHOOL: WORKSHOPS
|Winter Workshop||Mick O'Dea RHA||February 19, 2014 - February 21, 2014|
|Spring Masterclass||David Kassan||May 26, 2014 - May 30, 2014|
RHA SCHOOL: LECTURES
RHA SCHOOL: LIFE DRAWING
|Spring Life Drawing Marathon||March 31, 2014 - April 04, 2014|
|Tutored Life Drawing Class 2013/2014||September 18, 2013 - July 02, 2014|
|Thursday Life Drawing Sessions 2013/2014||September 19, 2013 - July 03, 2014|