Drawing London's River: From Hammersmith to the Isle of Dogs

The waterways that run through cities are often as famous as the cities themselves. The Thames is vital to make sense of London; it was once London’s main thoroughfare yet we often ignore its presence as we go under it on the tube or over it on it’s bridges. This course is a drawing exploration of London following its river and canals. Students are encouraged to use a variety of portable mediums, and to consider the river’s rich diversity: as a spatial landscape of water and sky, and as a place of activity. We will draw inspiration from both Tates, the Royal Museums Greenwich; and artists including Turner, Canaletto, Whistler, Derain, Kokoschka and poet T.S. Eliot among others. Some sessions will require walking and drawing for fairly long distances, so please come prepared.

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; 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. 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.