Spring Term Drop-Ins

Drop-in sessions are available throughout Spring Term from 16 January until 25 March. All courses are first-come, first-served, so just turn up and pay on the day. Contact the Public Courses team if you'd like more information at admin@royaldrawingschool.org


Free Etching for Art Students
6.30–9pm, RDS Print Room, Free for art students

Etching is seen as an extension of drawing. This class offers the opportunity for art students to learn and explore various etching techniques. The class is only open to full-time registered BA or foundation art students and is suitable for all levels. Places are limited and the class operates on a first-come first-served basis. Materials are available to purchase at a reduced price. Please bring student ID as proof of status 

Please note, the Free Life Drawing for Art Students final class was Monday 13 February. This course will resume in the Summer Term. 


Drawing at the National Gallery
6–8.30pm, National Gallery,  £16 per session / Free for Art Students
Tutors: Robert Dukes, Susan Wilson

Drawing from art at The National Gallery is an opportunity to make an intensive study of a particular artist or painting, this is not a course in copying but rather transcription; translating what you observe into your own drawing. These sessions are open to the public but also give London art students the opportunity for free, regular tutored drawing in The National Gallery and is structured to complement the Free Life Drawing for Art Students in Shoreditch on Monday evenings. With the complementary activities of drawing from life and from paintings students develop their work. The meeting point every week will be Room 9. Please bring student ID as proof of status. 

Friday Etching Drop-in
10.30am–5pm, RDS Print Room, £27 per session / £13.50 for Alumni

Untutored session for Drawing Year students, alumni and experienced print-making students (upon recommendation of a tutor).



Drawing: Movement and Mind (drop-in)
10am–1pm, Shoreditch Studios (4th floor), £26 per session
Tutors: Aude Hérail Jäger, Mathew Cunningham

This class relies on the disciplines of Yoga and Mindfulness to remind ourselves that we can also draw, move and breathe from an ever-deeper place within. We may discover that a peaceful quality arises then, which flows in our drawings and our experience of the moment. We will be cultivating this attitude whether from the body or from the mind to slowly recognise that both approaches are interwoven through focused awareness. Alternate classes will start on the floor with a one-hour Yoga practice to open, ground and undo tension, whilst others will explore how to unlock focus, attentiveness, and creativity through short meditations. This will be followed by drawing from the life model – making new connections between the model and ourselves, whilst letting go of our inner critic so we can find more playfulness and enjoy the challenge of the drawing process. No need for previous experience in yoga or meditation; all levels are welcome. 

Last session on March 18th. No class on March 25th. 

Saturday Life Drawing
10am–4pm, Shoreditch Studios (4th Floor)
Tutors: Henry Gibbons Guy, Daniel Miller, Sharon Brindle
£45 Full-Day & £22.50 Half-Day session (or £435 for 10 weeks)

There will be a different model each week with a variety of poses, both long and short, and students will be given individual guidance as they work. Open to all levels.

Saturday Etching
11am–4pm, RDS Print Room, £27 per session  / £13.50 for Alumni

Untutored session for Drawing Year students, alumni and experienced print-making students (upon recommendation of a tutor).  

We offer a comprehensive concession scheme on all term-time courses and that includes drop-ins, please visit the concessions page for further information.