I have always lived in Notting Hill. At first, we lived right by The All Saints Road: amidst the Rastafarian knitted hats, the caps and metal helmets of Bob Marley and the Wailers, the second hand clothing racks and the shoes, the revamped cashmere cardigans, the singers with wind-up gramophones under the Westway. All this inspired Hockney – “You could be Bohemian”, he said proudly of living in Hedgegate Court W11. Celia Birtwell had a textile shop in Westbourne Grove; she and Ossie Clarke were here. Fair Isle jerseys, flares, silk patterned robes, vintage woolly coats and jackets – the military ones favoured by Hendrix. You could, and still can, find anything you want on Portobello. Hockney clothes his models and paints textiles with the greatest affection. His dress sense might be Northern; it is also a product of Portobello. Once you have lived here, you think about clothing differently. Each week, we have a different model. Textile history is included; clothes are theatrical, fantastical and even absurd. Our models are actors, dancers and designers. Some days there will be an all-day pose; other sessions will be shorter. A musician may play or a dancer in costume may dance. My old spotty English pointer dog might model.’

Please note there will be no class held on Bank Holiday Mondays 1st May or 29th May, the eight week term is reflected in the pricing of the course.


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 3 and 4 April 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.