Tuesday 18 November marked a coming-of-age moment for The Prince’s Drawing School, which with the permission of HM The Queen, was granted the use of the title 'Royal' and renamed the Royal Drawing School.
A client of Four Colman Getty since earlier this year, the School is one of only a few institutions in the world dedicated to the teaching of observational drawing. Founded in 2000 by HRH The Prince of Wales and the artist Catherine Goodman, over the last 14 years it has grown from one small teaching studio with just 40 students, into a vibrant and valued part of the art education landscape now teaching over 1,000 students per week.
The School’s new ‘Royal’ status recognises its academic and artistic excellence and its international importance as a specialist resource for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities who wish to develop their observational drawing. Its main campus in Shoreditch was a hub of excitement last week, and following a successful media briefing where journalists including arts correspondents from The Times, Guardian and Daily Telegraph gathered to hear the news, the Prince of Wales made the official announcement in person to a packed crowd of current students, alumni, and art-world luminaries. Speaking at the event, the Prince declared that “drawing is one of the most direct ways of engaging with the world and, like music and dance, needs to be taught and practised throughout an artist’s life. I am determined that the Royal Drawing School will continue to grow as an educational resource open to all, regardless of background or circumstance.”