World Imagery: Drawing from Life, Drawing from Art

Throughout human history, different cultures have depicted the human body 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. This course provides the opportunity for students to gain an insight into cultures and artworks beyond the cannon of Western art through the practice of observational drawing. Each week a different artwork, artist, medium or process will inform the group’s approach as they work directly from the life model. 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. We live in a time where the works of various cultures are accessible to us, we can learn from these works to enrich our understanding of the world around us. This course is suitable for beginners and more experienced artists alike.

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.