COVID 19 (Coronavirus)

Course updates

In light of the latest Government advice, All Royal Drawing School classes and events at our Shoreditch, West London and Trinity Buoy Wharf studios are currently suspended. This includes Public Programmes, Young Artists, Wednesday evening lectures and Saturday drop-ins. Drawing Club and Young Associates courses for Young Artists at venues across the UK are also suspended. If your course has been cancelled the School will contact you directly. We have been able to move some of our activities online including public courses and our Wednesday evening lectures, please see below for details.

Summer School 2020
The ongoing uncertainties regarding the lockdown and social distancing measures as well as our concern for student welfare, mean that we are unable to offer our Summer School as planned. Courses for adults will now run mostly online delivered through a combination of live and interactive specialist tuition, working from live models, and art historical resources with time for observational and imaginative work in the home studio. 

We will endeavour to run the course One Week One Pose: Drawing and Painting in our Shoreditch Studios.  This will depend on Government advice at the time and on us being satisfied that we can safeguard student health through social distancing and other measures.  

If you are already booked onto a Summer School course before the move to online tuition, the School will be in contact with you to offer you a full refund or transfer onto an online course.

Bookings are now open for online courses.

Summer School for young artists will also not be running in our studios as planned, we are currently looking at what we can offer over the Summer in a digital format. We will keep you updated on developments on our website over the coming weeks.

Artists in Isolation Series
The Royal Drawing School’s new virtual series exploring the theme of Artists in Isolation, past, present and future curated by Dr Claudia Tobin. The series features artists, curators, writers and museum directors in discussion every Wednesday throughout the Summer Term. The series begins on 27th May with an in-conversation between Xa Sturgis, Director of The Ashmolean Museum and writer, artist and curator, William Feaver. See here for further details and to register attendance.

First Thursdays
We are not running any First Thursday drop-in drawing events either at our Charlotte Road studios or online for the foreseeable future.



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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. A heartfelt thank you from all of us  for considering this.

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