The Bristol Drawing School at the RWA

Laurie S

(Drawing by Laurie Steen RWA - tutor for Sketching the Gardens of Kilver Court)

The Bristol Drawing School was started by Graham Woodruff and Carol Peace as a not for profit partnership in November 2007 with the aim of celebrating the importance and diversity of drawing. In September 2011 the school moved from the Paintworks to the Royal West of England Academy where we are continuing to offer a diverse range of courses and workshops.

As a student at the Bristol Drawing School you will benefit from access to the RWAs facilities including free entrance to exhibitions during courses and workshops and use of our stunning galleries to draw in to develop your skills at Bristol’s first art gallery.

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Onny T

(Image: Onny Thomson's Introduction to Experimentation and Technique course)

Booking Information

You can download the full Autumn 2015 Programme here, but to book all courses or workshops please either book online at

Royal West of England Academy, Queen’s Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1PX

0117 973 5129 /

Bristol Drawing School moved to the RWA in September 2011. Offering one-off day, evening and weekend workshops, as well as longer 10-week courses, all aspects of drawing are taught, including:

Life drawing

Anatomical drawing

Botanical drawing

Landscape drawing

Drawing into Relief Print

Experimental drawing

For more information on individual courses, prices and how to book, visit the Bristol Drawing School site or pick-up our new brochure at the RWA.

Janet H

(Image: from Janet Haigh's Drawing Ethnic Textiles course)