Hogarth reveals that good painting can be witty: a discovery made suitably enough only in the age of wit. Michael Levey, 1962 

Hogarth was an extraordinary artist, remembered chiefly as a satirist but with a wickedly humorous eye. He was equally engaged in aesthetics as in politics, a keen observer of people and society at all levels. This course will study his vision as a portraitist, caricaturist, engraver, moralist, raconteur and flâneur. In museums and galleries including The National Gallery, Tate Britain and Chiswick House, we will draw from Hogarth’s paintings, studying in particular his developing interest in how human behaviour can be best displayed. As well as drawing from his work in these London collections, we will also draw in contemporary urban settings, creating a rich fusion of art history, methodology and observational drawing.

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.