Drawing, Collage and Poetry

Popular culture isn't a freeze-frame; it is images zapping by in rapid-fire succession, which is why collage is such an effective way of representing contemporary life. The blur between images creates a kind of motion in the mind.  James Rosenquist


We live in a period of cultural evolution so rapid and relentless that it is sometimes hard to see how art can keep up, let alone find a means to adequately comment. However, artists have always found ways of matching their times with insight and processes that fit. Modernism in poetry and visual art employed collage to reflect both the inner worlds of dreams and unconscious desires, and the helter-skelter proliferation of commercial imagery. Collage allows us to directly import found images and surfaces; it breaks the linearity of constructing an image and at any point a new surface can be created. It is a radical procedure that can wholly reinvent how we see and conceive our work. 

This course aims to meet the challenge of our fractured world by exploring words and various collage processes in the life room. It will centre on three aspects of observation: the poet's eye, the model's presence and the broadest range of material processes possible in our drawn context. As well as varying materials and processes, each session will reference and discuss a rich range of artists including: Hannah Hoch, Georges Braque, Max Ernst, Sara Fanelli, Lee Krasner, John Hartfield, Ray Johnson and Anne Ryan to name a few. All levels welcome.

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.