Royal Drawing School, Public Programme


The Royal Drawing School’s Public Programme runs over 80 daytime and evening drawing courses for adults each term from studios in Shoreditch, out of house across London and online. Over the years we have established a distinguished faculty of over 75 drawing tutors, all of whom are practising artists. Our courses are suitable for all levels, from complete beginners to experienced artists and creative professionals. The School also runs weekend and holiday courses for Young Artists aged 10 -18, designed to develop drawing skills in a supportive creative community.

Public Programme 

Courses at the Royal Drawing School focus on the following areas of observational drawing: Drawing in the Studio, Drawing from Art, Drawing London and Drawing and Imagination. Students are encouraged to explore all of these areas, as they complement each other and contribute towards learning to see and draw in new ways.

Drawing courses run from our main campus in Shoreditch, a converted Victorian warehouse on Charlotte road; 'Out of House' courses take students out of the studio to draw in London's museums, galleries, streets and green spaces and Online courses, enable a wider audience to benefit from our teaching from all over the world. The programme also includes printmaking courses that run from our intaglio print room in Shoreditch, a sculpture course that take place on Saturdays and art history lectures and in-conversations with contemporary artists on Wednesday evenings.

There are three 10-week terms throughout the year with a changing programme of courses each term. Term-time courses run for one day or evening a week and drop-in sessions are available on some courses. There are also intensive five-day holiday courses that run during the Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays as well as the Drawing Development Summer Programme in which students are able to book onto three courses in the term and benefit from tutorials and mentoring. 

If you would like to know more about how our Online Short Courses run, read our Online Short Course FAQs here.

Summer School / The Drawing Week


Young Artists

Young Artist courses for students aged between 10 and 18 are designed to develop drawing skills in a supportive and creative learning environment. Courses run during term time on Saturdays in London, regionally across the UK, in galleries and museums and online. The School also offers Young Artist holiday courses in the Summer, Christmas and Easter breaks ranging from one - five days as well as a three week Portfolio Preparation course for students aged between 16 - 18 who are considering applying to art school.

Young Associates


Drawing helps you to put your thoughts in order. It can make you think in different ways. David Hockney