Drawing outside can be more than an end in itself. Pierre Bonnard used small outdoor drawings as the source for his colourful ambitious paintings. This course is an opportunity to explore and respond to the rich variety of urban landscapes in London. Students will be encouraged to experiment with different sizes, materials and speeds of drawing. Work made on site has a freshness and urgency and the limitations of time and space can provoke risk taking and innovation. Work can be extended on different sheets of paper or collaged together. Some drawings could be studies of figures, dogs etc and other drawings could be like stage sets. Written notes can be used to add to the atmosphere. Thoughts or overheard snippets of conversation, traffic noise, billboards, or music can be added, as in Charlotte Salomon where she sometimes writes “to the tune of...”. We will consider artists such as Leon Kossof and Frank Auerbach whose London drawings were the foundations of much of their work, as well as Burra’s paintings of cafés and bars, Hopper, the Ashcan painters, Groz, Kirchner, Dix, Manet, Sickert, Jacob Lawrence, Immendorf and Jockum Nordstorm. 

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 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 admin@royaldrawingschool.org 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 admin@royaldrawingschool.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 admin@royaldrawingschool.org 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 admin@royaldrawingschool.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 admin@royaldrawingschool.org 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 admin@royaldrawingschool.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.