Drawn from Nature: The Exotic / 5 Week Course

An exotic ‘nature table’ will form the focus for this five-week course from Birds-of-Paradise feathers and whale’s teeth to tropical flowers. As well as drawing from natural objects and artefacts in the studio, and the odd rare live animal, the course will visit the V&A, London Zoo and the Grant Zoology Museum. We will explore Blake’s ontological poetry as well as Dürer and Ruskin and the ‘paper museums’ and ‘cabinets of curiosity’ of the Enlightenment Period. As Ruskin famously said, ‘if you can paint one leaf, you can paint the world.’ Students will experiment with different materials including watercolour, ink, collage and printmaking. Learning through observational drawing, to depict the ‘specimen’ or ‘artefact‘ will help students in the wider context of drawing and painting still lifes and understanding composition, proportions, textures and details. Students will be encouraged to develop these skills into more interpretive and experimental representations.

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. 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.

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