This course allows time to really concentrate on all aspects of viewing and depicting a head; an invitation to experiment with materials in a bid to describe the sitter, seen either as a portrait or a figure to be transcribed. Students will be given ample time and space to approach the formal aspects of looking and drawing with the aim of developing their own language. Different ideas such as shape, composition, likeness and negative space will be taken into consideration, and references to the multifarious approaches to this subject by contemporary artists and artists from the past, in both two and three dimensional forms, will be made throughout. The long poses of the models will allow an immersive concentration and time to dissect and explore the intricacies of the ever evasive human form. A variety of material and mediums will be covered.

Please note: Monday 25 May is a bank holiday; no classes will be held. Fees will be calculated on a pro rata 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.