The School has grown into a vibrant, independent educational charity and one of only a few institutions in the world offering in-depth, high-quality and sustained tuition for those wishing to learn to draw.HRH The Prince of Wales
Vivienne Westwood opens The Prince's Drawing Clubs Exhibition in June 2012
A student drawing in the studios in Shoreditch
A Drawing Year student painting in the Scottish Highlands
Children painting a muriel in Mondinagar, India
A Drawing Year Alumnus teaching a Prince's Drawing Club in the Royal Academy Life Room
The Prince of Wales meets Drawing Year student Tara Versey at End of Year Exhibition October 2011
The Royal Drawing School runs over 250 different full and part-time drawing courses each year for adults and children of all ages and abilities. Alongside its Drawing Year postgraduate programme and public courses the School offers a fine art foundation course, fully-funded international artists’ residencies and a young artists programme for 10-18 year-olds with an aptitude for drawing.
The Drawing Year, our full-time one year MA-level postgraduate programme, awards a full scholarship and free studio space in the heart of east London to every student, with living bursaries also available.
Our skills-based Foundation Year offers five days’ teaching a week and is free to all students aged 18 and 19 (with some full means-tested bursaries available for over-19s). It runs from our studios in the up-and-coming creative hub of Trinity Buoy Wharf, near the Olympic site.
We offer over 60 different daytime and evening for adults in drawing each term. The fees are heavily subsidised and a comprehensive concessions scheme makes courses accessible to the widest array of students regardless of background or circumstance.
Our Drawing Clubs for young artists provide sustained free after-school drawing tuition for young artists aged 10-18 years with an aptitude or passion for drawing. Currently nine Drawing Clubs currently operate in London, and one in Glasgow. We also run paying Saturday drawing courses for 10-18 year olds at Whitechapel and Saatchi Galleries.
Alumnus Chris Green talks about life after The Drawing Year