art through the Royal Academy careers and creative training
attRAct provides opportunities to connect with fellow artists from other London schools, and to learn from the RA through participating in creative workshops, exhibition tours, studio visits, mentoring sessions in the RA Schools, visits to other galleries and exhibitions, and careers and portfolio advice.
Individual A-level art students from secondary state schools within seven London boroughs - Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Harrow, Hammersmith & Fulham,and City of Westminster - are encouraged to become involved with specially designed programmes at the RA.
Life Drawing Photo © Richard Eaton
- Creative workshops: painting, sculpture, animation, design, photography
- Architecture workshops
- Mentoring sessions with RA Schools students
- Etching workshops led by RA Schools Print Tutor
- Behind-the-scenes tours and career advice
- Premium & Final Show tours by RA Schools students
- Exhibition Tours
- Summer Exhibition talks by RAs
- Visits to Royal Academicians’ studios
- Visits other galleries and museums
- Foundation in Art + Design Portfolio Advice Sessions
- Young Friends Membership
- A-Level Summer Exhibition Online
- Exhibition catalogues for school library
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Produced and filmed by Madelaine Warwick, edited by Karl Pearson and Madelaine Warwick, music by Jack Phillips
Architecture Workshop with Will Alsop RA
Produced and filmed by Madelaine Warwick and Karl Pearson
Barbara Rae RA talks about her involvement with the attRAct programme
Film by Madelaine Warwick, music by Jack Phillips.
Architecture workshop with Mobile Studio
Film by Madelaine Warwick.
Four stop-motion films created by attRAct 2012 students under the tutelage of Will Bishops-Stephens
'An Event for David,' 13 February 2012, attRAct Programme
This evening for David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture, was a collaborative event organised by the attRAct 2011 team for youth groups across London. Activities included iPad portraits, colour stations and a multi-coloured 'Hocktail' bar (non-alcoholic!) and pizzas in the RA Learning Studio. A Californian-themed soundtrack played in the galleries throughout the evening.
Art and the Spoken Word - a workshop where students wrote their own spoken word pieces in response to artworks in the Summer Exhibition with spoken word performer and artist Talia Randall.
How to become an architect
An audio slideshow of a presentation given by architect Graham Boyce.
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'Architecture is everywhere, when you know how to find it'
A workshop, devised and led by architect Lucy Tauber,focused on experimenting with a variety of everyday and recycled materials and transforming them into an architectural environment. Scale model people were used in the structure to create a sense of space, and a photographic image was taken with special lighting and coloured gels to create atmosphere and dramatic impact.
An important component of the attRAct programme is the opportunity to speak to professionals in the Academy and learn about their careers. This session focused on curating, conservation and art handling. The group was guided by the RA Collections Manager Rachel Hewitt, art conservator Mandy Paulley and Head of Art Handling Dan Cowap.
Simon Lawson, RA Schools Print Tutor, gave a tutorial in etching in the print studio at RA’s postgraduate school. They experimented in various etching techniques, using paper and soft ground plates.
The Royal Academy is unique in having contemporary artists - the Royal Academicians - at its core. The Royal Academicians, some of the greatest names in British art, govern the Academy. Lisa Milroy was made an RA in 2005. Lisa graciously opened up her studio in the East End to speak about her life as an established practicing artist.
A stimulating drawing workshop was led by artist Jeanette Barnes, during which students drew from the life model. They were encouraged to develop their drawing skills by engaging in a series of quick mark making and imaginative exercises, which lead to longer, more challenging sessions, resulting in accomplished work.
A-level Summer Exhibition Online
attRAct piloted the A-level Summer Exhibition Online in 2007, which rolled out across the UK in 2008. It is open to all students at schools and colleges in the UK who are currently studying A levels, Higher/Advanced Higher or IB.
Read more about the A-level Summer Exhibition Online
Please contact us if you would like more information regarding the programme.