From The National Gallery to the Street

This fascinating hybrid course aims to build a bridge between sustained scrutiny of key paintings from The National Gallery and direct observation of local street life. The insights of the museum can then be directly applied to students’ own interpretive responses of the restless city centre, and indeed vice versa. Half the day will be spent interrogating the formal and narrative aspects of masterpieces; compositional structure, uses of space, editing, viewpoint, lighting and movement. Storytelling and symbolism will also be central to this interrogation of the artists’ intentions. Working outside we will take these themes and apply the insights gleaned to create our own vision of 21st century London formed through classical eyes and centuries of pictorial stagecraft.

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.