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HRH launches The Royal Drawing School

18th November 2014

HRH launches The Royal Drawing School

HRH launches The Royal Drawing School in Shoreditch, London.

A drawing school founded by The Prince of Wales has been renamed the Royal Drawing School after being granted the title by The Queen.

The Royal Drawing School now joins the small circle of prestigious arts education institutions to bear the Royal title.

The school is following in the footsteps of the Royal Academy, which took its name in 1768, the Royal College of Music in 1882, the Royal College of Art in 1896, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1920.

The Prince, who is a keen artist, set up The Prince's Drawing School 14 years ago with artist Catherine Goodman. It now teaches more than 1,000 students each week in its studios around London.

The Prince, who visited its main campus in Shoreditch, East London, to make the announcement, said: "It is my firm belief that drawing is one of the most direct ways of engaging with the world and, like music and dance, needs to be taught and practised throughout an artist's life.

"I am determined that the Royal Drawing School will continue to grow as an educational resource open to all, regardless of background or circumstance."

The institute, which has a new logo featuring a crown and The Prince of Wales's feathers, is one of the few in the world that offers in-depth tuition for those wanting to develop their observational drawing. 

Goodman, artistic director of the school, said it was unique within Europe.

"'I feel very proud that we have come this far since we began in 2000, because I'm more and more persuaded of the need for a drawing school as a permanent part of the UK's educational resources," she said.

"There isn't another one in Europe, and we are being sought out by students from all over the world."

The school - an independent educational charity - said the new title recognised its academic and artistic excellence and served to reinforce its position as a respected and integral part of the art education landscape.

The Prince paints and sketches whenever he has the time, but his passion lies with using watercolours.

He has used them since the 1970s when artist Edward Seago gave him a lesson. The Prince usually depicts landscapes - from the Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire to the mountain resort of Klosters - taking his inspiration from nature.