World Imagery: Drawing from Art, Drawing from Life

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.


Please note, Monday 2 May is a bank holiday. No classes will be held on this date.

If booking multiple courses please be aware that due to bank holidays, Monday 5-week courses may overlap for session in week 6.

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.

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.

Individuals on job seekers allowance receive a 50% discount; to apply participants must provide evidence that you're receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance. Just provide a recent letter from JobCentre Plus/DWP confirming you're in receipt of this benefit. Unfortunately, we cannot accept Jobseeker’s Allowance appointment booklets as valid evidence. You may also apply if you receive Universal Credit under the conditions of being out of work. Please send a copy of your proof/official letter to admin@royaldrawingschool.org.

Postgraduate and Foundation Year 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.

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.

Tower Hamlet and Hackney businesses are eligible for a 25% discount on courses at Shoreditch during the Summer Term; to apply participants must show proof of working in these boroughs in the form a staff ID, business card, or headed letter from your line manager. Please email a scan of your proof to admin@royaldrawingschool.org.

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.

To apply for a concession:

  • first submit any documents/proof pertaining to the concession you are applying for, to admin@royaldrawingschool.org. 
  • wait for an email confirming 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.