Drawing: Movement and Mind

‘By doing something a half centimeter high, you are more likely to get a sense of the universe than if you try to do the whole sky.’ Giacometti 

We often come to the studio with pre-conceived ideas and high expectations of our work, its methodology and ourselves – before even starting. We will explore what difference it makes to our drawings when working from a calmer sense of self in an experimental course combining the practice of drawing either with that of Hatha Yoga and simple principles of calligraphy, or with references to philosophy.

Drawing appears on the paper via a series of physiological actions involving our eyes and brain, and the firing-off of muscles. We will see how drawing is enriched when we work from a more effortless place in mind and body. Three days start with meditation, breathing and a customised Yoga practice to release stiffness from the body and encourage fluidity. This will be followed by a series of calligraphy experiments. We will work from the model for the rest of the day with specific enquiries each week and have group crits at the end of each day. The other two days will engage with the concept of vastness, freedom and how to extend meaning. Drawing will be in the centre of an active creative process and everybody will be encouraged to take it as a journey - to mediate - to contemplate - and to meditate into the life itself - in Drawing Life.

Exploring new ways to think, draw, breathe or open the body often implies expanding our comfort zone. This may at times create a little resistance. If so, we will quietly take notice, fall back on patience and tenacity and enjoy the rewards in the drawings at the end of each day.

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.