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 please see below for details.

Young Artists Online
Young Artists Summer School will now be running online with a combination of live Zoom teaching, supported with our Young Artists Toolkit of art resources and exercises and art materials will be provided by post to every student. There will be a Portfolio Preparation course for 16-19 years and 4-day courses for 10-18 years looking at the themes of Influencing CharacterRecording Rituals & Mythology and Observing the Outside. Visit Young Artists Online for further course details and to book.

Summer School 2020
Courses are 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. There are still some places available to book.

Autumn Term
Bookings are now open for Autumn Term! We return to our Shoreditch studios with both five and ten-week courses in drawing and continue online with courses in drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Autumn also sees the return of our Out of House courses in the museums, galleries and streets of London. 

We are still looking at what courses we can offer on our Young Artists programme for Autumn Term but due to the added complexities of running courses at a range of venues it will take longer to program, we hope to be able to open bookings for these as soon as we can.

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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