About us

Everyday I awake with the idea, today I must teach myself to draw.

Leon Kossoff

The aim of the Prince’s 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 skills.

The School, founded by The Prince of Wales, is based on the top floor of a converted warehouse in Shoreditch, Hackney, an area rich in galleries and design studios. Short courses are run at the Kensington Palace studios.

Because the School believes in drawing in the studio, drawing London and drawing from art, we hold classes in our studios and offer many classes in museums, unusual venues and out and about in London. We believe we are the only arts institution in London with such a varied number of collaborators allowing us to offer this rich mix of opportunities to draw.

As well as a Postgraduate Programme, the School runs a Public Programme- a broad range of affordable courses designed for both professional artists and other interested adults. Drawing instruction is delivered by distinguished artists and teachers from leading institutions including The Royal Academy, The Royal College of Art and The Slade. Over 3,000 students have attended classes since 2000; there are over 130 alumni of the Postgraduate Programme.

The School is also committed to making it possible for deserving children to achieve their potential. The School provides serious, sustained tuition and mentoring, for children age 10–14 through our Young Artists Programme.

The Prince’s Charities is a group of not-for-profit organizations of which The Prince of Wales is President: 18 of the 20 charities were founded personally by The Prince. The group is the largest multi-cause charitable enterprise in the United Kingdom, raising over £110 million annually. The organizations are active across a broad range of areas including opportunity and enterprise, the built environment, responsible business, education and health. The charities reflect The Prince of Wales’s long-term and innovative perspective and seek to address areas of previously unmet need. To find out more visit The Prince's Charities Community website.