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. All levels welcome, including beginners. No previous Yoga experience necessary.

 

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 wait to receive confirmation that your concession has been approved before booking. 

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 and wait to receive confirmation that your concession has been approved before booking. 

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 and wait to receive confirmation that your concession has been approved before booking. 

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 wait to receive confirmation that your concession has been approved before booking. 

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 wait to receive confirmation that your concession has been approved before booking. 

Tower Hamlet and Hackney businesses are eligible for a 25% discount on courses at Shoreditch during the Autumn Term; to apply participants must show proof of working in these boroughs in the form a staff ID, business card, or headed letter from your line manager. Please email a scan of your proof to admin@royaldrawingschool.org and wait to receive confirmation that your concession has been approved before booking. 

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 wait to receive confirmation that your concession has been approved before booking. 

Alumni of the Royal Drawing School's Postgraduate programme and Foundation Year receive a 50% discount on courses

Alumni of the Online Drawing Development Year receive a 50% discount on online short courses.

To apply for a concession:

  • first submit any documents/proof pertaining to the concession you are applying for, to admin@royaldrawingschool.org. 
  • wait for an email confirming 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

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

 

Featured image by Jane Cheadle