The Drawing School at The Princes Trust

The Prince’s Trust Charity really do know what they are up to when it comes to providing education, motivation and pastoral care to young people.
The Young Artists Programme (read more here) empower children, open the door to careers in art, design, science, and engineering. Serious, sustained drawing tuition for children is rarely available. When it is, it often requires financial or other commitments beyond the means of less well-off families.
There are many excellent programmes which expose children to the arts. However, we are targeting children with aptitude and investing in building their skills over the long-term. We are matching them with our postgraduates (all of whom are practicing artists or designers) building the teaching and mentoring skills of a new generation of drawing tutors. (Photo : Student at work during a portraiture session) The Programme has two tiers: 1.) After-School Drawing Clubs: 10-14 year olds are recruited through local state schools. They attend weekly, After-school Drawing Clubs held in community or art centres where they draw from life: objects, people, landscapes and everything in-between, using a wide range of media from pencil to mixed-media, led by Prince’s Drawing School Postgraduates. 2.) Core Group: The most committed students are invited to attend Holiday Drawing Courses which have a career development focus. They are invited for extra tuition on Saturdays at The Prince’s Drawing School. Older students join the 15+ Drawing Club, tackling more complex approaches to drawing, including working from nude models and print-making. On our Mentoring Scheme for 16-18 year olds, students work one-to-one with a tutor to pursue further education or apprenticeships, leading to careers using their high-level drawing skills. GET INVOLVED :

We recruit the majority of our students through state schools. Places are limited. However, we do have a portfolio submission based scheme for selecting committed young people (age 10-18). (Photo : Student at a holiday course led by Kew garden botanical illustrators) If you are a teacher, a Gifted and Talented co-ordinator, or the parent of a student who you think would benefit from participating in the Programme, please contact Rebecca Blake, The Prince’s Drawing Clubs Programme Coordinator by email:( We will try to accomodate committed children in existing Drawing Clubs held after-school in 10 locations or our Saturday School at The Prince’s Drawing School in Shoreditch. Please note there is currently a waiting list for our Saturday School. We also run Saturday Drawing Workshops at Whitechapel and Saatchi Galleries open to all students aged 10-16. Please go to theWhitechapel and Saatchi Workshop pages for more information.

Drawing Club Locations:


Camden Tutors: Helen Burgess, Roland McMorran, Johanna Zhang Tower Hamlets Tutors: Anna Ilsley, El Bedlow, Maxwell Graham


Lewisham Tutors: Siobhan Lennon, William Wyld, Georgie Sleap Britto-Newham Tutors: Sam Halstead, Thomas Sander, Amy Ison Glasgow Tutors: Liza Dimbleby, Lorna Robertson, Jessica Wolfson


Kensington & Chelsea Tutors: Alice Shirley, Beth Collar, Nick Bush Southwark North Tutors: David Caldwell, Poppy Chancellor, Charlie Masson Haringey Tutors: Hannah Turner-Duffin, Emma Seach, Anthony Banks


 Westminster Tutors: Alex Cree, Sabrina Shah, Jonathan Farr Hackney Tutors: Chris Green, Clare Davidson, Daniel MacCarthy


Saturday 10-14 Tutors: Lucy Mellor, Jonathan Silverman, Jennifer Smith Saturday 15+ Tutors: Rowan James, Leonie Lachlan, Aude Herail Jager Kensington Palace Tutors: Phoebe Stannard, Tim Betjeman, Julian Woodward, Joanna Moore Saatchi Gallery Pippa Ridley, Grant Foster, Timothy Lees Whitechapel Gallery Richard Burton, Louise Wilde

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