Royal Drawing School

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Founded 2000
London, United Kingdom


The Royal Drawing School is an independent, not-for-profit resource that aims to raise the standard and profile of drawing through teaching and practice. We are one of only a few institutions in the world offering in-depth, quality tuition in drawing from observation. Drawing is a primary language natural to all human beings, and fundamental to all aspects of learning and thinking from childhood onwards. It is a crucial route to innovation across the creative disciplines and beyond, from fashion, fine art and animation to filmmaking, product design and engineering. For some people, drawing is the easiest way of thinking. By offering tuition and resources to art students, artists, children and the public, we aim to address the permanent need for high-quality drawing teaching in the UK, filling a gap left by the steady erosion of observational drawing from the study of art in higher education and in schools.

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Our Shoreditch studios were the first home of the Royal Drawing School when it was founded as The Prince's Drawing School in 2000. The converted 19th-century warehouse houses our main campus and head office. All of our Drawing Year classes, forums and lectures, and a large proportion of our drawing-based public courses, also run from here. There are two spacious, fully equipped drawing studios on the fourth floor, with skylights, large windows, daylight lights and a reference art library. The School has also recently developed a the third floor into a new studio space. There is also a large ground floor exhibitions gallery and an intaglio print room. Students are invited to use the tables in the ground floor gallery area for lunch, or to explore the many surrounding cafés. The studios are based in the heart of East London’s art, design and fashion scene. They are close to galleries such as White Cube, Rivington Place, Flowers East and the Whitechapel Art Gallery.

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