Life Drawing and Anatomy: Mechanics of the Human Form (Drop-ins available)

This course concentrates on the structure of the body with the intention of developing the ability to see the figure more clearly and in more depth. Through looking at anatomical drawings from the Renaissance, we will address the mechanics of the figure and see how these internal systems manifest themselves on the surface of the body. By layering information and building a picture from inside to out, a fuller pictorial understanding of construction and function will be achieved. We will explore how to give life to anatomical drawing, balancing formal and expressive practice. Drawing will be from observation of the life model, memory and imagination, informed by a sense of inquiry and empathy.

This course includes Anatomy Lectures at 12 – 1pm, on 3, 17, 31 Oct, 14 and 28 Nov. Anatomy Lectures are open to the public at £5 (concessions do not apply to these lectures).

Drop-in places are available: £40 for a full Day or £20 for a half day from 10am - 1pm or 2pm - 5pm. If you are dropping in, no pre-booking is required, places are offered on a a first come first serve basis. 


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.