Where Drawing Meets Words

How do you stimulate the imagination? Where do ideas come from; can you go out and look for them? How do you respond to other people’s imaginative worlds, whether visual or literary?

This course is taught by an artist/poet and an author/illustrator who both inhabit the place where words and pictures collide. It is suitable for fine artists who want to explore the role of story in their practice, illustrators who want to abandon formulas, writers who want to put pictures with their words, or anyone new to image-making who would like to build a visual vocabulary in relation to narrative, poetry and the sequential image.

Through a range of experiments in drawing, collage, listening and looking, we will consider how to create exciting tensions and harmonies - between words and pictures, tone and colour, texture and ideas, working towards developing fluency in our individual practice. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to draw from your immediate local surroundings at home and nearby, as well as from your inner worlds, and in response to writing. 

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.