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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 2000
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Vocational,pre-U,lifelong learning
      Art institutes
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 19-22 Charlotte Road, London, England, United Kingdom
    • Phone:
    • +442076138568
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of Royal Drawing School

The aim of the Royal Drawing School began classes in 2000. The School is based in a converted warehouse in Shoreditch. The School also tuition and mentoring for children aged 10–14, from all backgrounds. The Royal Drawing School was founded by Charles, Prince of Wales. It is part of The Prince's Charities, a group of not-for-profit organizations affiliated with Charles.

In 2006, The Prince's Drawing School received a donation of £85,000 from The Prince's Charities Foundation.

In 2018, works created by The Royal Drawing School and two other charities founded by Prince Charles were put on display during the Prince & Patron exhibition to mark his 70th birthday.

Academic Highlights

We offer daytime and evening courses in drawing suitable for all levels, from complete beginners to experienced artists and creative professionals. Our Shoreditch studios in East London are at the heart of the School providing studio-based courses in our converted Victorian warehouse. Other studio-based courses take place in the West London studios of collaborative partners. Out of the house, courses take drawing out of the studio to locations across London in museums, galleries and in the city’s streets and green spaces. Read more about the program here. All of our course rates are subsidized and we also offer a comprehensive concession scheme. All courses are for students aged 18 and over unless otherwise stated. Please view our Terms and Conditions and Accessibility.

Life in Royal Drawing School

Etching courses and drop-in sessions run multiple times each week during term-time and for one-week blocks during the holidays. They are led by a variety of experienced tutors who introduce and develop intaglio techniques with an emphasis on etching (hard and soft ground, aquatint, sugar lift, white ground) as well as demonstrating other less conventional methods. We run Free Etching for London Art Students from our Shoreditch print room on a Monday night.

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In your digital portfolio you will need to upload 20 high resolution JPG or PNG photographs of your work. The works will include:

10 drawings in dry media (e.g. graphite, charcoal, chalk, pastel, Conté)

10 additional works in other media (e.g. painting, photography, sculpture, animation*, print)

Within the 20 image limit, you may include images from sketchbook pages, however if possible, please try to limit this to 5 images.

*Animators may submit 2 short video files included within their additional works. Please limit each video file to 2 minutes / max 8MB per video.

Images should be saved as JPG or PNG files, no larger than 200dpi / 4MB per image. These works must have been created within the past three years.

Notable Alumni

Gabriela Adach. Charlotte Ager. Nadeem Akram. James Albon. Salma Ali. James Allen. Bernadette Allmark. Henry Anderson Brown.s.

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