Life Drawing: Observation and Imagination
‘To draw you must close your eyes and sing.’ Pablo Picasso
This intensively structured course will open students to the possibilities of drawing from observation and imagination, true to each individual’s own experience of being in the world. Students will draw from a number of observational sources in their homes, alongside learning how to source imagery ‘without looking’, but from their interior selves, building a solid group of drawings to provide a personal image bank. This image bank will form the foundation of idea generation, into which students will be guided through playful exercises. They will learn how to access that key moment of transformation, where the reliance on the primary source to make a drawing is superseded by an ability to take inspiration from it. Each week will focus on aspects of composition, narrative, colour, emotion, editing and mark-making, always investigating how these more formal concerns contribute to the imaginative strength of an image. The final achievement of the course will be a complete work, or number of works, drawn from the realm of the imagination. The tutors are both artists for whom drawing forms a key point of departure in the development of their imaginative work.
NHS staff receive a 20% discount; to apply participants must submit proof by emailing a photograph of their NHS staff badge to email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and then call the office to book your place.
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 email@example.com before booking your place and then call the office.
Individuals on job seekers allowance receive a 50% discount; to apply participants must submit proof that they are currently on the job seekers register. Please send this letter to firstname.lastname@example.org before booking your place and then call the office.
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. Please email a scan of your letter to email@example.com and then call the office to book your place.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and then call the office to book your place.
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 email@example.com and then call the office to book your place.
To apply for a concession:
- first submit any documents/proof pertaining to the concession you are applying for, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- contact the office on 0207 613 8568 to confirm 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.