Walk the Line: A Drawing Pathway Through London

‘As you withdraw energy from the city, you are also giving energy back. People are noticing you. You’re doing something, you’re there, the species around you absorb your presence into it, and you become part of this animate entity called the city.’ – Ian Sinclair

On this course, students will set out on drawing walks through London, pausing on the way to respond to their surroundings, finding inspiration, ideas and subject matter. It is often the places between the starting point and the destination that prove to be the richest; the hinterland we pass through when our minds are unfocused. Sometimes we will follow in the footsteps of other artists and writers; crossing London Bridge as T.S. Eliot would have done on his way to the city, a journey that provided imagery for The Wasteland in which commuters were likened to figures descending into hell or walking the streets around Camden that inspired the poet Rimbaud, or more recently painters such as Sickert, Kossoff and Frank Auerbach. Students will become more intimate with London and find their own vision of the city. All levels welcome.

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.