Our dress is our story, we choose what to wear and how to wear it. (Even if we insist we don’t!) Great painters harness this. Goya made radiant portraits: shimmering chartreuse suits and billowing pink silk dresses, enveloping a pale, wan mother and child; rich gold encrusted brocade that somehow mirrored the limited face of Ferdinand the Spanish King. Alice Neel had an eye for stripes, a fur collar, the shine on a polished shoe. Clothing, lovingly painted, illuminates the sitter, and describes an epoch, gone, never to return. Theatrical dress is to be read from the balcony, function and form are for the stage. Warmth and ease do not count. We refer to opera, ballet productions and current exhibitions. Think of the production of Saul at Glyndebourne with its sublime choreography by Otto Pichler, directed by Kosky, and the work of Carlos Acosta, or the dancing uniforms in the ROH revival of Macmillan’s Anastasia. A different model, generally a dancer/actor works with us each week. Participants are encouraged to experiment with different media and use colour. On some days there will be a long, all day pose, on others, shorter poses. This depends on the costume and the model.


Full-time BA students studying for a degree in Fine Art receive up to a 75% discount. Those studying on design or applied arts degrees may also be eligible on a case-by-case basis. Student ID and proof of enrollment must be submitted.

Full-time practising fine artists under 40 years of age in need of financial help may apply for a 75% discount on a maximum of two courses; applicants must submit a portfolio of ten drawings and fill in an application form which can be downloaded from the website. These must be submitted before term starts on the 15 and 16 December only. Please contact the office in advance of submitting your application to reserve a place on your chosen course. 

Primary and secondary school teachers who teach art receive a 50% discount; to apply participants must submit proof in the form of a letter from their head teacher or the head of the art department.

Individuals on job seekers allowance receive a 50% discount; to apply participants must submit proof that they are currently on the job seekers register.

Postgraduate alumni of the Royal Drawing School receive a 50% discount. 

Individuals who receive disability support are eligible for a 50% discount; to apply participants must submit proof that they are currently receiving this allowance.

Tower Hamlet and Hackney residents are eligible for a 25% discount; to apply participants must show proof of living in these boroughs. 

Individuals over the age of 60 may apply for a 10% discount.

All of our course rates are subsidised and we also offer a comprehensive concessions scheme. View all course fees and concessions.