Rhythm, Form, Space: Drawing from the Collection at the V&A

This course aims to explore the richly diverse Art of Asia, while making reference to European Art. Drawing from sculpture, ceramics, fragments of textile and miniature paintings, participants will explore the differing formal approaches and cultural sensibilities of Asia and of Europe, and how ideas about space, about depiction and about making, echo and differ from each other across the world and across time. Observing fluidity and rhythm of line, understanding sculptural and pictorial spatial concepts and sensing stylistic shifts, sketches and sustained studies will be made using a variety of drawing materials, while attention is drawn towards the cultural context of these works. This course will be taught by two different tutors on alternate weeks, both of whom are practising artists with extensive experience of living and working in India.


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.