Royal Drawing School

Royal Drawing School

United Kingdom

The aim of the Royal Drawing School is to raise the standard and profile of drawing through teaching and practise. It is one of only a few institutions in the world offering in-depth, quality tuition for those who wish to develop their observational drawing. 

The School is based in Shoreditch, East London and runs a one-year postgraduate-level course, The Drawing Year, awarding a full scholarship and studio space to every student, with bursaries and grants also available. Alongside the postgraduate course is a Public Programme of daytime and evening courses for adults in drawing, painting and printmaking, taught by a faculty of over 95 practising artists, attended by over 2000 students each week - with heavily subsidised fees and a comprehensive concessions scheme that make courses accessible to the widest array of students. Its programme of online courses are in over 22 countries giving greater accessibility to those unable to visit the studios. The School runs a Young Artists programme for students aged 10-18 years old and The Drawing Gap: a springboard to further creative study for school leavers aged 18–23. The School also offers artists residencies around the world. 

Founded in 2000 by HM King Charles III and artist Catherine Goodman as The Prince’s Drawing School, as a reflection of the artistic and academic excellence and the unique space it occupies in arts education landscape, it became the Royal Drawing School in 2014 with the consent of the late Queen Elizabeth II.


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