Drawing is a fundamental part of the human existence and remains one of the richest and most spontaneous aesthetic activities of our time. Drawing is an inquiry – an exploration – a quest into the unknown. It is central to all creative practice. Using different models each week, this course covers a wide range of approaches to drawing from the model with reference to art history and contemporary practice. We will explore the immediacy of the experience and how to deal with our fear. Drawing the human figure is both enriching and challenging. We care more about what it looks like than we do any other subject matter and it has a rich and formidable history. We are highly sensitised to facial and body language in a way that is completely different from landscape or still life. This can be both a plus and a minus. We will often start the day by looking at the ways other artists - Matisse, Bonnard, Giacometti, Sickert, Cézanne, Seurat - have approached the human figure and focus on the formal aspects of drawing a model in a space. We deal with the burden of ‘knowing how to draw’ in favour of an unfettered spirit of exploration. It is in the very spirit of inquiry, effort and courage in the explorative process, that there begins a turning or new beginning and realisation of the poetic. All levels including beginners welcome. 

Please note: Monday 7 and 28 May are bank holidays; no classes will be held. The fees are calculated on a pro rate basis.

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.