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    The Royal Drawing School

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.
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The Royal Drawing School is an independent, not-for-profit resource that aims to raise the standard and profile of drawing through teaching and practice. The School is one of only a few institutions in the world offering in-depth, quality tuition in drawing from observation. The School runs an MA-level postgraduate scholarship programme, a fine art foundation course, fully-funded international artists' residencies, a young artists programme for 10-18 year-olds, and over 250 different drawing courses for the public each year. It currently has a teaching faculty of over 75 practising artists and is also committed to the ongoing training of future teachers of drawing.

Photos

  • Vivienne Westwood opens The Prince's Drawing Clubs Exhibition in June 2012

    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

    A Drawing Year student painting in the Scottish Highlands

  • Children painting a muriel in Mondinagar, India

    Children painting a muriel in Mondinagar, India

  • A Drawing Year Alumnus teaching a Prince's Drawing Club in the Royal Academy Life Room

    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 Prince of Wales meets Drawing Year student Tara Versey at End of Year Exhibition October 2011

By offering tuition and resources to art students, artists, children and the public, the Royal Drawing School aims to address the permanent need for high-quality drawing teaching in the UK, filling a gap left by the steady erosion of observational drawing from the study of art in higher education and in schools. Our courses are taught by a specialist faculty of over 75 practising artists, and we are committed to the continued training of future teachers of drawing.

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 Royal Drawing School operates studios in Shoreditch, Oxford Street, South Kensington and Trinity Buoy Wharf. The School also collaborates with a number of institutions, allowing students the opportunity to draw at museums and galleries as well as in London’s outdoor spaces.

 

The Drawing Year
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.

 

The Foundation Year
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. 

 

Public Courses
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. 

 

Young Artists

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. 

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Alumnus Chris Green talks about life after The Drawing Year

Case study

  • The Drawing Year 2015-16

    Olivia Kemp

    The Drawing Year is an intensive MA-level postgraduate programme offering up to thirty students the opportunity to focus on drawing from observation for one academic year. It awards a full scholarship and free studio space in the heart of east London to every student, with living bursaries also available.

    The Drawing Year
  • The Foundation Year 2015-16

    Holly Arnold

    Now in its third year, The Foundation Year is a one year skills based course with five days’ teaching a week and limited places to ensure one-to-one tuition, in an inspiring part of London’s Docklands filled with creatives and artists’ studios. The course provides the opportunity for sustained exploration of a wide range of Fine Art media in an intimate and supportive environment, emphasising drawing as a means of informing and expressing ideas.

    The Foundation Year at the Royal Drawing School
  • Spring Term Public Courses

    We offer daytime and evening courses in drawing suitable for all levels, from complete beginners to experienced artists and creative professionals. Our public courses are organised into three main programmes based at the Royal Drawing School Shoreditch, Drawing School Central in Oxford Street, and Royal Drawing School West in South Kensington. Many of these courses also take place outside of the studio, in museums and galleries and London's streets and green spaces. Spring term courses run from 19th January to 23rd March 2015.

    For more about The Drawing Year click here