World Imagery: Drawing from Art, Drawing from Life 2

Throughout human history, different cultures have depicted the human body and the world around them in a variety of ways. Through these various representations, we see how different cultures have developed their understanding of reality, their relation to it and the role that the body plays in experiencing the world. Through the practise of drawing, you will gain an insight into some under-celebrated artworks from the cannon of Western art and many beyond. Each week a different theme, artist or process will inform the group’s approach as we draw from these images and form observations in our home environments. Various works from the cultures we will be exploring would have been made within the home or community setting, we will be looking into ways we can adapt our working methods to our homes. The opportunity to explore a broad range of approaches to a concept, subject or theme will provide a springboard for you to find your own angle. We will be drawing inspiration rather than emulating.We will work from Etruscan Vases to Mexican Ex Votive Paintings. Expect to explore each week’s subject through personal and group enquiry, with consideration given to the motivations behind the work as well as the artist’s approach to materials and the formal aspects of line, tone, scale, mark making and movement. This course is suitable for beginners and more experienced artists alike. 



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. 

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.

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