Due to this extraordinary time for all, many artists homes have now become their studio, a microcosm of the world, a citadel into which we retreat to order and conjure reality. The intimacy of this private world allows us to create a paradise of visual richness, even if the world outside is very much at odds. During the course we will take inspiration from paintings, stage design and interiors for you to create different environments in your home to work from, including and not limited to your surroundings and still life each week. Through these worlds and spaces you will explore colour, space, pattern and rhythm and think about how they interact. We will be studying the practice of making the studio room into an exotic location for the mind to wander, following the examples of Matisse, Van Gogh, Monet, Vuillard, Bonnard, Modersohn-Becker, Gwen John and Patrick Caulfield. Reference will also be made to Leighton House, The Bloomsbury Groups’ house at Charleston and contemporary artists William Kentridge and David Hockney’s designs for opera. Each session will start with an introduction to the day that will include either slide shows or talks to deepen our understanding of the elements at play and involving them when setting specific exercises throughout the day. Suitable for all levels. 

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.