This class relies on the disciplines of Yoga and Mindfulness to remind ourselves that we can also draw, move and breathe from an ever deeper place within. We may discover that a peaceful quality arises then, which flows in our drawings and our experience of the moment. We will be cultivating this attitude whether from the body or from the mind to slowly recognise that both approaches are interwoven through focused awareness. Alternate classes will start on the floor with a one-hour Yoga practice to open, ground and undo tension, whilst others will explore how to unlock focus, attentiveness, and creativity through short meditations. This will be followed by drawing from the life model – making new connections between the model and ourselves, whilst letting go of our inner critic so we can find more playfulness and enjoy the challenge of the drawing process. No need for previous experience in yoga or meditation; all levels are welcome. 

To look inwards and gently separate from the frenetic pace and noise of life outside of the studio, we will need to keep our phones switched off. 

No advanced booking necessary for those who want to drop-in. Simply come on the preferred date and pay when you get there. Drop-in places are allocated on a first come, first serve basis. 

A number of yoga mats are provided but you may want to bring your own. Please see a list of other suggested materials below: 
Ink
Brushes
Pastels
Pencils
Pencil Sharpener
Eraser 

Charcoal and Paper are provided in the studios. 

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.

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.

Individuals on job seekers allowance receive a 50% discount; to apply participants must provide evidence that you're receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance. Just provide a recent letter from JobCentre Plus/DWP confirming you're in receipt of this benefit. Unfortunately, we cannot accept Jobseeker’s Allowance appointment booklets as valid evidence. You may also apply if you receive Universal Credit under the conditions of being out of work. Please send a copy of your proof/official letter to admin@royaldrawingschool.org.

Postgraduate and Foundation Year 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.

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.

Tower Hamlet and Hackney businesses are eligible for a 25% discount on courses at Shoreditch; to apply participants must show proof of working in these boroughs in the form a staff ID, business card, or headed letter from your line manager. Please email a scan of your proof to admin@royaldrawingschool.org.

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.

To apply for a concession:

  • first submit any documents/proof pertaining to the concession you are applying for, to admin@royaldrawingschool.org. 
  • wait for an email confirming 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.