Great films, like great paintings, are rich resources for visual ideas. The great genius of modern photography Cartier Bresson spoke of the Decisive Moment: an instant when composition, choreography, spatial effects, narrative and emotion come together. Drawing from Film puts you in the Directors’ chair, responsive to the intersecting arcs of pictorial construction and psychological insight. By stopping the film where you choose and drawing for a limited period you become aware of the ephemeral wonder of each frame. Exploring a film through drawing, the way we might explore a Rubens or Poussin, gives us the opportunity to see through those great filmmakers’ eyes. 

Each session will begin with a tutor’s introduction to the film its director and noteworthy aspects of its filmmaking or art references. At the end of the evening there will be a chance to display the work you have done and chat about the film. Tutors will introduce you to a range of media and processes with which you might want to work with from - episodic concertina books, over-laid tracing paper montages, miniatures to large format poster maps. Each week a different film will be introduced and students can draw either from stills or from the film in motion. Films chosen will be easily accessible to students online. 

Films this term include:

Stalker, (1979) Andrei Tarkovsky/Mosfilm; Nanook of the North (1922), Robert J. Flaherty; The Night of the Living Dead (1968), George A Romero; Night Watching (2007), Peter Greenaway; Mouchette (1967), Robert Bresson.


Our new five-week courses give you the flexibility and choice to build your term as you like it, offering the opportunity to try out more courses than you would be able to with our usual programme. However if you prefer the longer format of a ten-week course, you can book the same five-week course twice, knowing that 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 Drawing from Film 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.