This course aims to provide students with a set of strategies to approach the formal aspects of looking and drawing the human head with the objective of developing their own language and strengthening their practice. Different concepts such as shape and proportion, mass, composition, negative space will be taken into consideration; various materials and processes will be explored. Together we will mine the rich vein of work of the great artists, accessing it on digital platforms by virtual visits to galleries to look at how they have drawn, painted and sculpted the head. Students will also be encouraged draw at every opportunity from both primary sources, such as self- portrait and/or companions, and secondary sources, such as photography, found images and other works of art. We can view the current situation as a challenge and opportunity to learn and develop as artists.  

Concessions

The Royal Drawing School is committed to making all courses offered affordable and available to those interested in drawing from observation. Therefore, the Royal Drawing School offers a number of concessions on each course. These apply to term-time courses only. Students may only apply for one concession type. 

To apply for a concession:

  • first submit any documents/proof pertaining to the concession you are applying for, to admin@royaldrawingschool.org
  • contact the office on 0207 613 8568 to confirm your concession has been approved before booking and paying for your course.

Please check that your evidence:

  • is dated within the last 6 months from the start date of your course, or within the last year if pertaining to council tax. 
  • shows your name as a claimant
  • is presented to us in one of the following formats: PDF, JPG, .DOC or .DOCX


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 provide evidence that you're receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance. Just provide a recent letter from JobCentre Plus/DWP confirming you're in receipt of this benefit. Unfortunately, we cannot accept Jobseeker’s Allowance appointment booklets as valid evidence. You may also apply if you receive Universal Credit under the conditions of being out of work. Please send a copy of your proof/official letter to admin@royaldrawingschool.org and call the office to confirm receipt, before booking your place.

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.

Course Fees

All of our course rates are subsidised and we also offer a comprehensive list of concessions to make our courses accessible to the widest range of students possible.

Please note that once courses have started there may be further places available; please contact the office to join.

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