Stop frame animation has an extraordinary ability to unlock the imagination. The process of putting down an image, taking a photo, rubbing part or all of it out to replace it with another and doing this continuously can bring to surface imagery hitherto buried, making it an ideal source for material to develop within a personal artistic practice, as well as an art form in its own right. 

In this ten-week course students will learn the basics of animation, drawing in flipbooks from observation, metamorphosing objects and moving through three-dimensional space. We will work from a life model online drawing simple sequences inspired by Degas and the photographer Edward Muybridge, and explore techniques and materials including paper cut outs, animated objects, plasticine, sand, charcoal on paper, gouache paint on glass and the interaction of changing images with sound. Each session students will look at the work of relevant animators including William Kentridge, Len Lye, Norman Mclaren, BLU, Tezuka Osamu and Jan Svankmajer for inspiration and technical guidance. 

Once familiarized with the concept of stop frame animation students will have the chance to focus on a more fully realised personal animation which could take the form of an accompaniment to music, a documentary, an intervention in a space or the telling of a story.  

For this course students need a computer or laptop, a basic animation programme such as iStopMotion, a camera and a tripod. A list of drawing materials will be provided. No prior knowledge of stop frame animation is necessary. 

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.