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    British Ateliers/Fine Arts

    My Friend and I have been searching for a serious course in Fine Arts (Painting), yet can find none really that suitable - the courses covered by the large universities are too diverse -encouraging only in abstract (which is wearing a little thin) - and none to fine practice.

    Our hope is to go to a school or atelier which will prepare for entrance into the Royal Academy.

    We are based near London and looking for any good schools or ateliers which will teach Fine Arts well, prefably around the area -so if all else fails, we'll be taking it up in Kingston University.

    Thanks in advance.

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    This might be a good one: Lavender Hill Studios in London. Found it in the ARC approved ateliers list (second from bottom up).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coen
    This might be a good one: Lavender Hill Studios in London. Found it in the ARC approved ateliers list (second from bottom up).
    Checked that one out yesterday, thanks a lot anyway
    Have you been there?
    I'm just wondering how its like - it seemed a bit like a public walk-in, walk-out studio where you can just go in, pay, draw and walk out.
    I hope to take a full on course, although I must say, some of the stuff I say from some of the students there were pretty awesome with a real sense of the technical training I am after.

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    Hmm Neobot they don't seem to have a full course there indeed.. I've never been there, I wish something like this would exist here (at least it's something). I'm considering to move to some place with good education but so far I'm just trying to learn on my own..

    Just found another one in London, but it seems they don't have full courses either.. I'll post it anyway: The London Atelier of Representational Art.

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    Mate I know exactly what you mean. The courses in the UK seem to specialise these days in favoring conceptual or abstract work which quite frankly makes my blood boil. Its like they design the courses to be attractive to talentless pseudo intellectuals who couldnt draw a stick man never mind paint in oils yet they look every inch a stereotypical artist. I've driven myself mad trying to find a REAL fine art course in the northwest of the UK.

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    Now I don't know if this will help or not but I had a very good friend here stateside take a semester at Burren College of Art in Ireland. She was a gifted fine art painter to begin with and she raved about her experience there. She said it changed her life as a painter and ranted about how good the program was there.

    Now I'm not sure if this would happen to you but it could be worthwhile for you to check out.

    http://www.burrencollege.ie/

    Good luck.

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    I'm at LHS and it has great instruction, but not a full course. They are looking at getting acredited, but like all ateliers you only get what you put into it. So you'll get plenty of painting methods, but not a piece of paper that says you know something when you finish.

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