Every image is a kaleidoscope of a different moment in time and a different artist's reaction to the world around them. Every subject can be represented in completely different ways: for the printmaker Hokusai, water was a fabric of swirl patterns, for Leon Kosoff it was a noisy, splashing of rough charcoal marks and in a Fan Kuan’s ink drawings of Chinese mountains the stream is the peaceful, untouched white of the page itself. Could visual patterns be the global currency of world imagery? Abstracted, reduced and repeated, patterns travel across geographical borders and historical timelines. We adorn our homes, bodies and clothing with patterns and yet unaware of where the designs originated and what these patterns were intended to communicate. 

Each week on this course we will consider a distinct challenge: how might we draw our memories, our conversations, our bodies, our imaginings? Through examining artworks from different times and cultures we will engage with a multitude of styles and individual attempts as answering some of these universal questions. We will draw directly from artworks, and from the model and sets in the studio. The exercises in each session will encourage transformations to occur, enabling students to bring others’ languages into their own visual world. In this way each student will start to develop their own personal repertoire of influences and ways of drawing.


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.