Martin Shortis

  • Academic board member
  • Faculty


In addition to teaching at the Royal Drawing School, Martin Shortis is also Head of the Print Room. He studied at the Ruskin and RA Schools, where he concentrated on making large commissioned drawings working on the spot. He has taught since 1992 and continues to draw outside and around London.

On drawing

Drawing is a core creative skill. Rooted in the imaginative play of childhood, it continues as an essential tool in adult life for anyone who makes, plans, investigates, or is just curious. The great strength of drawing is its immediacy. Using simple means we are able to explore complex things because the drawings we make are both models of our understanding and aids to our thinking; they express and inform our thought. Drawing from observation demands an intensity of looking, its particular pleasure is one of heightened imagination.

Martin Shortis