The human figure is a complex structure comprising a multitude of physical and emotional variations. We relate to figures in art because we see reflections of ourselves and our lives, experiences, feelings and desires. Bodies throughout human civilization have been used to convey narrative, cultural and spiritual meanings and it is no wonder some of the first expressions of human creativity involved a human body, whether that be cave paintings or sculptures. Empathy is found in this connection of outward and inward looking. Although there are basic proportions and similarities within the figure, we are all unique, and the opportunity to look and study the forms and relationships of the model to their surroundings is invaluable to anyone pursuing the study of art.

Sustained observation of the human form gives us the chance to immerse our attention in the various dimensions of pictorial language. Students will have the opportunity to engage closely with many concerns that inform the artistic perception such as composition, volume, depth and expression. Having the consistency of one model in one pose for the day allows us the time to see more. It gives us the time to work with the challenges that we face in the drawing. In the present day we can become accustomed to the speed and ease of images that come our way, resulting in a distracted attention and often a surface that goes no deeper. In practicing looking for longer we learn patience, perseverance and concentration, discovering previously unknown subtleties. Thus, through humility and a willingness to find more, we lay a path that may in time reveal a greater depth of individual artistic vision. One-to-one tuition, group discussions and demonstrations will guide the students through their personal efforts of realising the complexity of the human figure. We will learn to walk before we run.



Our new five-week courses give you the flexibility and choice to build your term as you like it, offering the opportunity to try out more courses than you would be able to with our usual programme. However if you prefer the longer format of a ten-week course, you can book the same five-week course twice, knowing that the courses will not follow the same structure in the first and second half of term, and tutors are able to adapt and tailor the course to each student based on whether you are taking it for the first time or are continuing on from the first half of the term. 


Click here to book Sustained Poses 2 (weeks 6-10)

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.

All of our course rates are subsidised and we also offer a comprehensive concessions scheme. View all course fees and concessions.