Drawing from the Everyday in the City and from Paintings in The National Gallery

This course sets out to explore two contrasted aspects of drawing, alternating each week. In the city participants will make fast drawings with the aim of capturing something essential from the fragmentary life in motion which surrounds them.

Drawing in The National Gallery is a way to understand the mystery of earlier paintings. It is unlike drawing from life or from photographs, because these paintings have been structured in extraordinary and different ways. As you draw, you see parts reflecting and mutually enhancing each other. A sort of magical, magnetic field has been built, where every element in the painting plays a role. The aim of this class is to help individuals experience some of the rich complexity which underlies the apparent simplicity of these paintings. Students will choose a painting they like and will work on one large drawing for five days. This gives an opportunity to make a sustained study of a painting where revisions and corrections are part of the process.

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. Please find the submissions dates here. Please contact the office in advance of submitting your application to reserve a place on your chosen course and check the portfolio submission dates. 

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.