Students on the 2019 Drawing Class

"Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer and clearer still, until your eyes ache." - David Hockney

Information at a Glance

  • Daytime Class
  • Saturdays 11:00 - 13:00
  • 10 weeks: May to July
  • 2 hours weekly taught online
  • Tutor: Marianne Walker 
  • Fees from £67 to £117
  • Course offered in association with the Blyth Centre for Music and Art, Imperial College London
  • THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL

*** PLEASE NOTE THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL ***

This class is organised in association with the Blyth Centre for Music and Visual Arts at Imperial College London

Aimed at all learners, from the absolute beginner to the seasoned artist, this course is focused on the well-being aspects of a committed drawing practice. It offers a regular routine for developing drawing skills and projects while encouraging a small community of artists and drawers.

Each week will bring a new subject or challenge and due to the remote teaching method I will be drawing along side you in my own home. I will still be able to offer solutions to any challenges in class that you bring up.

We will work together as a virtual group using what is available at home and in our own imaginations. The emphasis is on keeping the routine and practice of drawing to promote calm and community.

This class is limited to no more than 12 students.

Technical requirements

If you want to take part in this course you will need at a microphone and web-camera connected to your computer or tablet. Many computers, laptops and tablets already have these built in but please check your device’s specifications. You will also need to install the Zoom app which will be used for the course.

Course Information

Course Programme

Week 1   Zentangles. As an introduction to the drawing sessions this is a very relaxing exercise in making a drawing out of doodles. We will all draw the outline of a bird or animal and fill in the surface area using patterns of doodles, shapes, whatever comes to mind. Search online for zentangles ahead of the session so you are familiar with the idea and doodle to your hearts content. The emphasis in this class is on the practice of drawing in a group and I will be drawing with you at the same time. An initial 40 min Zoom session will kick off the session so that we can discuss our chosen subjects and meet one another, followed by 20 mins of you drawing by yourselves before logging back into another Zoom session to complete the final 40 mins of the class and share our thoughts and drawings.

Week 2   Supplies still life. Using what you have in your food cupboards arrange a still life. Tins, vegetables, fruit, cereals; the choice is yours. Arrange the objects in a way that pleases you and when we all log in using zoom we can share our arrangements and begin to draw together. We will all be drawing at the same time and you can ask me questions about any challenges in your drawing as we go. After the initial 40 min session, you will draw for 20 mins on your own before logging back into a new Zoom meeting and completing the session – this is due to the time limit on the free Zoom package. 

Week 3   Plants. Select a plant that you would like to draw from those you have about the house, or gather some plant material from your daily exercise trip. You can draw the whole plant, or focus on an aspect of the plant such as bark texture or leaf shape. The practicalities of the session will be the same as in week 1 – log into Zoom meeting at 6pm, share our arrangements and plants and draw together, requesting advice when you need it (as I cant look over your shoulders), then draw for 20 mins prior to logging back into new Zoom meeting to complete the session together and share our drawings.

Week 4   Furniture. This week select an item of furniture that you would like to draw, a chair is always an good one as it evokes a sense of a person and often has interesting shapes and forms. You can choose what item of furniture you would like to draw, it could be your sofa, it could be a table or a set of bookshelves. Using the same format as earlier weeks, we will all log into a Zoom meeting before sharing what we are all drawing, then at the close of the first meeting, drawing for twenty mins before logging back into the second Zoom meeting.

Week 5   Reflections. Choose from amongst your glasses, pots, pans, wine bottles and metal flasks for those that are the most reflective. You can also fill a glass or a clear bowl with water and use this for your subject. This weeks sessions will involve drawing the chosen object but also the reflection in it, in close detail. The session will follow the same format as before: Log on to first Zoom session for 40 mins, followed by 20 mins solo drawing, followed by final 40 min Zoom session and sharing our drawings.

Week 6   Self Portrait. A good one for the era of social distancing we are currently in, this weeks session wil focus on the self portrait. When you are situating your mirror, raise it up so that you are looking directly into it – not down into it. The session will follow the same format as before: Log on to first Zoom session for 40 mins, followed by 20 mins solo drawing, followed by final 40 min Zoom session and sharing our drawings. I will be able to offer advice in the session if you let me know that you need it as I cannot look over your shoulders as I would in class.

Week 7   Figure drawing. Ask a member of your family to sit for you during this weeks session. Make sure that they are sitting far enough away so that you can see their whole figure clearly. If you ask them to sit in profile in relation to you this may be more relaxing as you wont be making constant eye contact and they will be able to look into the middle distance. If you live alone download a painting of a person and use that as your template, or construct a figure using cushions, cardboard and anything else you may have around the house. The session will follow the same format as before: Log on to first Zoom session for 40 mins, followed by 20 mins solo drawing, followed by final 40 min Zoom session and sharing our drawings. I will be able to offer advice in the session if you let me know that you need it as I cannot look over your shoulders as I would in class.

Week 8   Rooms. This week we will choose part of our houses and draw the space, together with as much detail of everything in it as we can. It could be your kitchen, with all the pots and pans and herbs or it could be your bathroom or bedroom, living or dining room, or a section of a room. The session will follow the same format as before: Log on to first Zoom session for 40 mins, followed by 20 mins solo drawing, followed by final 40 min Zoom session and sharing our drawings. I will be able to offer advice in the session if you let me know that you need it as I cannot look over your shoulders as I would in class.

Week 9   Copying from a Master/ Mistress. Ahead of this weeks session, head to the Art UK website and select a work that you would like to copy. If you have the facility to print out the image and are familiar with copying using the grid method you can do that, or you can make a freehand copy, as I will be. The session will follow the same format as before: Log on to first Zoom session for 40 mins, followed by 20 mins solo drawing, followed by final 40 min Zoom session and sharing our drawings. I will be able to offer advice in the session if you let me know that you need it as I cannot look over your shoulders as I would in class.

Week 10   Imaginary Maps. As we are all practicing social distancing, this session will be all about making imaginary maps, ahead of the session research historical maps online in order to give yourselves  some ideas of how to draw your own map. I know that a lot of maps of flats and apartments have been making an appearance online, but I would like us all to imagine the places we would like to see, visit, in the external and internal worlds. The session will follow the same format as before: Log on to first Zoom session for 40 mins, followed by 20 mins solo drawing, followed by final 40 min Zoom session and sharing our drawings. I will be able to offer advice in the session if you let me know that you need it as I cannot look over your shoulders as I would in class.

Course Materials and Credit Information

We will supply some art materials, but you will also need to purchase some materials yourself. For the first session please buy and bring with you:

  • A set of pencils: sizes HB/ 4B/ 8B/ H/ 5H/ 9H
  • An A2 size drawing pad (this should be cartridge paper, 120gsm. with at least 25 sheets)
  • A putty rubber and a solid eraser (any type)

By week three please also purchase:

  • A set of three professional acrylic colour paints. We recommend Winsor & Newton Professional Acrylic Paint. The colours you will need are (1) Black, (2) White and (3) Yellow Ochre
  • A set of six mixed synthetic brushes for acrylic paint. Your tutor suggests the Cass Art Synthetic Brush Set fof 6 for acrylic and watercolour paint

Depending on how quickly you use your materials, you might have to replace them at a later date.

These items are available from most good art shops, and can be bought at Cass Arts and Cowling and Wilcox shops in London, and by mail order from Greatart.co.uk as well as from other art suppliers.

No academic credits are available for this course.

About Your Tutor

(STC) Marianne Walker is a London based artist who gained an MA Sculpture from Wimbledon College of Art in 2002 and received the Observer Magazine New British Artist Award for her final exhibition, a pencil drawn installation.

Marianne sees her practice as sitting right on the cusp between drawing and sculpture. She is always attempting to draw across three dimensions, to bring the drawn mark into the real world. To date she has made drawings into films and installations as well as more traditional works on paper. 

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
20  10  £117 £67 £90
All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.
Term dates 1

Fee Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

  • Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.

Internal Rate

  • Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
  • Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should email evening eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk before completing the online enrolment form.

Associate Rate

  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Members of the Friends of Imperial College
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • NHS staff (other than Imperial NHS Trust staff)
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • South London Botanical Institute Members
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started. For non-language courses this is subject entirely to agreement by the tutor. For language courses it is subject to agreement by the language Coordinator conducting level assessment. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.

Applicable terms & conditions

Please read these before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 20  10 n/a n/a 27 Apr - 2 Jul 2020 (10 weeks)

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 March

Enrolment and payment run through the Imperial College eStore. Please click on the blue booking link on the relevant course page noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on the course page and your applicable rate category must be selected on the eStore
  • First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
  • The booking process involves entering payment details before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
  • The following email notifications are sent
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • Confirms payment, payment date, order number and course title
  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment confirmation which is only sent later
2. Enrolment confirmation Sent in due course but likely not before the end of March. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Re-onfirms your course choice
  • Shows your course's term dates
  • Confirms your course' day of the week & time
3. Programme information Usually sent Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains further course details incl. classroom location and teacher contact information
  • Provides further general programme details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

Certificate of Attendance

Our adult education evening and daytime classes do not offer academic credits, but we do offer an attendance certificate to those learners who attend at least 80% of the taught sessions. Eligible learners receive their certificate by email after the end of the course.

Any Questions?

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be sent to Manager for Evening Class programmes, Dr Michael Paraskos, at  m.paraskos@imperial.ac.uk