COVID 19 (Coronavirus)

Thank you for clicking through to this page where we will publish the latest information about our courses and the cancellations we are having to make. If your course has been cancelled, you will be contacted about this directly. 

The Royal Drawing School has thrived as an independent charity and without public funding for twenty years. COVID-19 has severely impacted the teaching, learning, enjoyment and welfare of our more than 1,000 full and part-time students of all ages and motivations who draw with us every week. It affects the livelihoods of our teaching faculty of professional artists and our artist models.

During this unprecedented time, we want to do all that we can to continue to support and inspire our creative community although we are fearful of the financial impact of cancelled courses and postponed fundraising events on our ability to do so.

We need your help more than ever to continue our work. If you can, your donation of whatever amount, will make a huge difference to our ability to do so. A heartfelt thank you for considering this.

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Course updates

In light of the latest Government advice, All Royal Drawing School classes and events have been suspended from 17 March until the end of the Spring Term. This includes Public Programmes, Young Artists, Wednesday evening lectures and Saturday drop-ins.  

Easter Holiday Courses

The following course have been cancelled:
The Etching Week and Painting: Mythology and The Figure (31st March - 4th April)
Young Artists Easter Course - Shoreditch and Norwich (6th - 9th April)

The following courses are currently due to run as normal:
The Drawing WeekLife Painting and Inspired by the V&A: Drawing into Sculpture (20th - 24th April)

Students booked onto these courses will be notified after 9th April if the government restrictions stay in place and these courses are unable to run.

Summer Term and Summer School 2020
We are planning to run all Summer Term and Summer School courses for adults and young artists as normal. Bookings are now open and please do book your course as you usually would. All Summer Term bookings will be refunded in full in the event of cancellation.

In the event that our advertised Summer Term and Summer School programmes are disrupted because of continued restrictions due to coronavirus, we are working on an online teaching programme. Taught by our distinguished faculty, the online programme would allow students to continue their drawing practice from home and benefit from specialist tuition. We will keep you updated on developments on our website over the coming days and weeks.

The Drawing Year Postgraduate Programme - Applications are now closed.

Due to the unprecedented circumstances, the Royal Drawing School are anticipating needing to make changes to the admission procedures for the Postgraduate Programme. The Drawing Year team will be in contact with applicants with any changes to the application process. For those who have had any technical difficulties please contact the Drawing Year team directly.

The School wants to avoid a situation in which candidates are unable to attend interviews and so we are currently looking at delaying both our selection and interview dates accordingly, we may also need to explore the possibility of conducting interviews via Skype or video call.

In the event of severe and ongoing disruption it may be necessary to delay or defer the start date of our next academic year.

Sketchbooks and sketchbook drop off
The School wants to protect applicants by minimising travel implications and contact with large groups of people


  • Our advertised sketchbook Drop off days on 7th and 8th April will be rescheduled to a later date.
  • We ask that applicants please do not post or deliver physical sketchbooks to the School until further notice

All candidates will still have the option to submit supporting sketchbooks either in person or via post before the applications panel meet. In the event that neither of these options are possible we will also be looking into accepting sketchbooks digitally. 

 We will keep applicants up to date with any further decisions made.

For the latest government information and advice on coronavirus click here