The Studio Room in Colour

For many artists the studio is 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 to create different environments in the studio each week. Through these spaces we will explore colour, space, pattern and rhythm and think about how they interact with the model. 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, Holbein, Memling and Gwen John. 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. Morning slide shows and talks will be given on some sessions to deepen our understanding of the elements at play. Suitable for all levels.

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.