This Autumn Term pulls on the rich resources and identity of the city as well as continuing a full programme of studio-based courses. The Studio Room in Colour looks at space, pattern and rhythm taking inspiration from the artist studio. Students will work from paintings, stage design and interiors and make a visit to ‘Matisse in the Studio’ at the Royal Academy. The Unpredictability of Form: Drawing the Unexpected uses the unexpected and unusual to excite the visual appetite and encourage students to bring more imaginative strategies to their drawing. Re-Drawing London: City in Transition introduces students to the passage of time that is visible in the cityscape; in markets, stations, industrial spaces, churches and parks and Nocturnal Interiors challenges students to capture the city’s changing mood at night. Drawing from the Everyday in the City and from Paintings in the National Gallery explores two contrasting aspects of drawing on alternate weeks. Several courses have moved to a different day; Life Drawing: Human Anatomy moves to a Thursday whilst The Emergent Subject: Furies of War is now on a Wednesday. For those who want to deepen their drawing practice, etching courses continue in the daytime, evenings and weekends as do our drop-in sessions.  

The programme at Central on Oxford Street has expanded this term. For those who want to explore the role of story in their practice, Where Drawing Meets Words is taught by an artist/poet and an author/illustrator who both inhabit the place where words and pictures collide. Discover the various forms of printmaking including intaglio, relief and monoprint in our naturally lit top-floor printroom on a Thursday. Complementing Drawing the Contemporary Portrait, new course Drawing a Head will concentrate on long poses from the models allowing immersive concentration and time to dissect and explore the intricacies of the subject. New 5-week short courses take place on a Friday; Drawing: Observation and Imagination will encourage students to source imagery from life as well as from their interior selves whilst in Drawing and Movement students will learn how to capture the essence of form and learn to see the inner rhythms of the body in action.