City Gardens and Greenhouses 1

Due to current government guidelines, please note that this course has been moved online. We have not changed the course description below as the tutors will be adapting the course to the online platform.

‘To draw what one sees without prejudice takes something very like courage.’ Matisse

On this drawing course students will explore the gardens and conservatories at Kew Gardens, the gardens in Regents Park, and small ‘city gardens’ such as Christchurch Greyfriars Garden, Barber Surgeons’ Garden and The Phoenix Garden, Soho. Students will take time to draw what they see and importantly, through considering composition, find new ways of imparting what they find. Students will consider the flower’s aesthetic function: why are we drawn to represent them on paper; what is it about plant life and the designed landscape that resonates in us? We will look at the roles of perception and memory in drawing and representing Nature, considering what Matisse called ‘the essential character’ of things.

*In wet weather we will have access to conservatories, greenhouses and indoor gardens.



Our five-week courses give students the opportunity to curate their own ten-week term and explore more than one aspect of drawing by booking two different 5-week courses. However if students prefer the longer format of a ten-week course, they can book the same five-week course twice. The courses will not follow the same structure in the first and second half of term, and tutors are able to adapt and tailor the course to each student based on whether you are taking it for the first time or are continuing on from the first half of the term. 


Click here to book City Gardens and Greenhouses 2 (weeks 6-10)

NHS staff receive a 20% discount; to apply participants must submit proof by emailing a photograph of their NHS staff badge to admin@royaldrawingschool.org before booking a course. 

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 enrolment must be submitted. Please email a picture of your student ID to admin@royaldrawingschool.org and then call the office to book your place.

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. Please e-mail a scan of this letter to admin@royaldrawingschool.org before booking your place and then call the office. 

Individuals on job seekers allowance receive a 50% discount; to apply participants must submit proof that they are currently on the job seekers register. Please send this letter to admin@royaldrawingschool.org before booking your place and then call the office. 

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. Please email a scan of your letter to admin@royaldrawingschool.org and then call the office to book your place.

Tower Hamlet and Hackney residents are eligible for a 25% discount on courses at Shoreditch; to apply participants must show proof of living in these boroughs in the form of your most recent council tax bill. Please email a scan of your letter to admin@royaldrawingschool.org and then call the office to book your place.

Individuals over the age of 60 may apply for a 10% discount on courses at Shoreditch; to apply participants must show proof of being over 60. Please email a picture of your ID to admin@royaldrawingschool.org and then call the office to book your place.

All of our course rates are subsidised and we also offer a comprehensive concessions scheme. View all course fees and concessions.