Where Drawing Meets Words

How do you stimulate the imagination? Where do ideas come from; can you go out and look for them? How do you respond to other people’s imaginative worlds, whether visual or literary? 

This course is taught by an artist/poet and an author/illustrator who both inhabit the place where words and pictures collide. It is suitable for fine artists who want to explore the role of story in their practice, illustrators who want to abandon formulas, writers who want to put pictures with their words, or anyone new to image-making who would like to build a visual vocabulary in relation to narrative, poetry and the sequential image. 

Through a range of experiments in drawing, collage, listening, looking and printmaking, we will consider how to create exciting tensions and harmonies- between words and pictures, tone and colour, texture and ideas, working towards developing fluency in our individual practice. Throughout the term there will be opportunities to draw from life, both inside the studio and on location in London, as well as from our inner worlds, and in response to writing. Each week time will be set aside to work towards a personal project in which we can bring our visions to life.



This course previously ran from our Central studios and has now moved to the new studio on the third floor of our Shoreditch campus.  

From this Autumn Term we will be charging a one-off fee for the use of our paper stock within the studios, prior to the start of your course. We will no longer be taking payments for single sheets, on a pay-as-you-go system. If preferred, students can bring their own paper with them to each session and no fee will be charged.   

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.