Each year the Foundation funds the Dobell Drawing School at the National Art School. The course provides a rare opportunity for year 11 students from regional NSW and outer metropolitan areas of Sydney to develop their drawing and visual perception skills. The course is run by practicing artists/teachers from the National Art School in central Sydney.

Each year 75 students are selected from Government schools to participate in a four-day intensive studio program. The workshops include; drawing the nude model, portrait drawing, drawing the clothed figure, experimental drawing and observational drawing.

The four-day course culminates in an exhibition of the students’ work. The Dobell Drawing School provides a unique opportunity for regional students from diverse backgrounds to better understand the concepts and processes of developing a finished drawing prior to the development of an artwork for their HSC.