Royal Drawing School

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'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.'

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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. We are one of only a few institutions in the world offering in-depth, quality tuition in drawing from observation. 

Drawing is a primary language natural to all human beings, and fundamental to all aspects of learning and thinking from childhood onwards. It is a crucial route to innovation across the creative disciplines and beyond, from fashion, fine art and animation to filmmaking, product design and engineering. For some people, drawing is the easiest way of thinking.

By offering tuition and resources to art students, artists, children and the public, we aim 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.

Founded in 2000 by HRH The Prince of Wales and artist Catherine Goodman as The Prince's Drawing School, we became the Royal Drawing School in 2014.

Public Courses

Our public courses 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 two main programmes based at the Royal Drawing School Shoreditch 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.

The Drawing Year

The Drawing Year is a full scholarship MA-level course offering up to thirty students the opportunity to focus on drawing from observation for one academic year. There are no tuition fees for The Drawing Year – all students are awarded a full scholarship and receive a free studio space in the iconic Tea Building in Shoreditch.

The Foundation Year

The Foundation Year is a one year skills-based course with five days’ teaching a week and 45 limited places to ensure one-to-one tuition, in an inspiring part of London’s Docklands buzzing with creatives and artists’ studios. It is free to 18 and 19 year olds with some bursaries available for over-19s.

Young Artists Aged 10 - 18

Young Associates

Our Young Associates programme is open to students in school years 10 to 13 considering careers in a broad range of subjects for which drawing from observation provides an important foundation. As well as fine art, these subjects include graphic and product design, fashion, film-making, architecture, photography and engineering. In particular, we welcome students who are considering applying to our Foundation Year.

Drawing Clubs

Our weekly Drawing Clubs for 10 to 14 year olds are open to children who love to draw and who are able to commit to attending a weekly after-school or weekend class. The Drawing Clubs are led by professional artists who are alumni of our postgraduate Drawing Year, and experienced in teaching children.