Students on the 2019 Drawing Class

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

At a Glance

  • Live online course
  • 2 hours a week
  • Saturdays 11:00 - 13:15
  • 10 weeks: October to December
  • Tutor: Marianne Walker
  • Fees from £115 to £210
  • Imperial College attendance certificate (T&Cs apply)
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Drawing Together is a course open to all and designed to challenge the experienced artist as well as encouraging those that may be just starting out or who want to have a go. Every Saturday we will meet for an online drawing session from 11am – 1pm and will practice drawing together.

A programme of simple exercises has been designed for each week which aims to challenge and build confidence. You will be emailed each Wednesday with reminders of the subject of Saturday's class, with helpful links to read through ahead of the Saturday session.

Organised in association with the Blyth Centre for Music and Visual Arts at Imperial College London, this 10-week course has been developed to optimise the well-being opportunities inherent in the regular practice of drawing in tandem with growing stronger representational drawing skills.

Online Access to Course

This is a taught live online course which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time on a specific day of the week. To take part in the course you will need a suitably equipped and internet-enabled device. Please find full details and instructions below under 'Course Delivery'.

Attendance Certificate

Those who attend at least 80% of the course sessions will receive an attendance certificate from Imperial College London upon completion of the course.

Course Information

Course Programme

Course programme (may be subject to some modification or change)

Week 1 – Wildflowers and grasses

  • We start the course with a refresher in observational drawing which is useful for the experienced artist and the newcomers. A week prior to the course starting please have a walk around your neighbourhood and pick some wildflowers or grasses to use as your subject. Things like dandelions, Yorkshire Fog, sedges of any kind. Here's a useful guide. Pick only one or two and then press between two pieces of white A4 paper under a pile of books. Our first drawing session will be of these pressed grasses. We will use pencil to make a close observational study of them. You will be supported with advice and guidance throughout and by the end of the session you will have learned or refreshed your learning of how to approach an observational drawing of this subject.
  • Materials needed: You will need the previously pressed grasses or dandelions, pencils (HB-4B) an eraser, a sharpener and A4 white drawing paper.

Week 2 – Still life using a lamp

  • This week we will be making a pencil drawing of a still life using a pair of bottles, one needs to be larger than the other. You can use wine bottles, olive oil bottles, vinegar bottles, whatever you have to hand and in your kitchen. We will each set up our still lives with the lamp placed to the left of the bottles and shining on them. This will enable good sharp shadows of the bottles, which should be standing on white paper. The object of this week is to make an observational drawing of the bottles together with their shadows. We will concentrate on the tonal ranges apparent across the subject. At the end of the session you will have tackled representing the tonal ranges, and using tone to delineate shape and form.
  • Materials needed: You will need pencils (HB-4B), an eraser, a sharpener, white A4 paper, a desk or table lamp.

Week 3 – Drawing using a blue biro

  • This week we will be drawing using a blue biro. This is a very useful exercise in not being able to erase marks and in embedding the understanding of tonal ranges in a different medium. Our subject this week will be an aubergine, which should be sitting on a piece of white paper. A lamp or artificial lighting is also a good idea to keep the shadows static. By the end of the session you will have gained more confidence in making your representational drawing by using measuring and you will have learned how to translate the tonal ranges into a coloured medium.
  • Materials needed: You will need a blue biro, white A4 paper, an aubergine and a lamp or artificial lighting such as an overhead light.

Week 4 – Drawing a replica human skull

  • This week we will be tackling the time honoured subject of the human skull. I will send an image of a replica human skull to print out prior to the session. In making your drawing of the skull you will be participating in many hundreds of years of art history at the same time as gaining an understanding of this challenging form.
  • Materials needed: You will need a print out of the image of the replica skull, pencils (HB-4B), white A4 paper, a sharpener and an eraser.

Week 5 Sketching each other

  • This week we will use Zoom to make 5 minute sketch portraits of each other. Each of us will take turns at being the subject for the rest of the class for 5 minutes. Those of us that are making drawings will have this short period of time to make sketches of the subject. We will continue to make 5 min sketches throughout the session and this will be a great way to loosen up and gain confidence in tackling drawings of people and faces.
  • Materials needed: You will need pencil (HB-4B) or a marker of your choice, A4 white paper, a sharpener and an eraser.

Week 6 – New York at night using ink

  • This week we will all work from an image of New York at night that will be sent to you beforehand. This will be an exercise in drawing the darkness of the night around the illuminations of the city. We will use black ink and watercolour brushes to build up the drawing of the darkness, leaving the white of the paper blank for the neon and artificial lights. By the end of the session you will have explored the varied ways in laying down ink on paper to produce the varieties of tone visible in the image.
  • Materials needed: You will need white A4 paper, watercolour brushes (such as these) and black ink (such as this product).

Week 7 – Self portrait

  • This week we will tackle the self portrait. We will spend the session producing a pencil drawing of our own faces, paying attention to proportion, measuring, shape and form. By the end of the session you will have a good understanding of how to render the variety of shapes in the face and how to make angle and proportional measurements in order to get a good likeness.
  • Materials needed: You will need A4 white paper, a mirror on a stack of books so you can look directly into your own eyes, pencils (HB-4B), an eraser and a sharpener.

Week 8 Ancient sculptures

  • This week we will be making a drawing of a piece of ancient classical sculpture using Google Arts and Culture. Ahead of the session I will send the link to the particular sculpture we are concentrating on. We will then make an observational drawing of this sculpture during this weeks session. By the end of the session we will have tackled the proportional measurements of the body and experienced the challenges of drawing the body, it's variety of shapes, as well as the tonal ranges in the sculpture.
  • Materials needed: You will need the image of the sculpture, pencils (HB-4B) sharpener, eraser and A4 paper.

Week 9 Drawing an x-ray of the skeleton of a bird using chalk pencil

  • This week we will be drawing on black paper (for instance this product) and chalk pencil (for example this one). I will send the image of the x-ray of the bird beforehand and we will spend the session learning about drawing in a light medium on a dark background. The various forms of the bird appear in different strength in the x-ray and we will replicate these in our drawing. By the end of the session you will have a good understanding in how to draw bone and skeletal structure using a light on dark approach.
  • Materials needed: You will need the pencil and paper above, an eraser and a sharpener.

Week 10 Drawing a photo in a standing frame

  • In our final session our subject will be a photograph that is in a self-supporting frame. The kind of photograph that you may have on your mantelpiece or a table. We will angle the photograph so that we can see the image in the frame, but also the structure of the frame. The object of this weeks exercise is to create a representational drawing of the whole object, complete with image and frame. By the end of the session you will have a good understanding in how to draw the image in the photograph at an angle and also the form of the frame with accompanying shadows.
  • Materials needed: You will need pencils (HB-4B) A4 white paper, a sharpener and an eraser.

Course Materials

For materials required please see the information in the syllabus.

About Your Tutor

Marianne Walker is a London-based artist who gained an MA in 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.

Marianne is an experienced adult education tutor, with expertise not only in face-to-face teaching but the world of online learning in art.

Course Delivery: Live Online Taught Courses

All our online courses are taught live which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time. To take part in the course you must be able to attend the online session at the time stated for the course description.

All times stated are British Standard Time.

To take part you will need a computer, or laptop, or tablet computer, connected to the Internet. The device you use will also need to have a camera, microphone and speakers. Most devices now have these built in, but if not you might have to buy them from a computer shop and to connect them to your device.


This course will use Zoom as its online delivery method. Zoom is very easy to use and you do not need to set up a Zoom account to use it. Near the date of your first online session you will be sent an email with a web address (or URL) that will allow you to access the course. This is called the Course Link. All you need do is click on the Course Link in the email and you will be asked to enter your name. This is the name that will be seen by your tutor and other students in the class.

Once you have entered your name you might be asked to enter a password to enter the class. The password will be included in the email sent to you. Once you enter the password you will either be taken directly into the class, or asked to wait in a virtual waiting room until the tutor is ready to let you into the class.

We have also produced a Handy Guide to Zoom [pdf] which gives you basic information on how to use it.

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
 20  10  £210    (Early Bird Rate: £190*)
£125    (Early Bird Rate: £115*) £165    (Early Bird Rate: £150*) 
* The Early Bird rate is available for enrolments made before the end of 30 September for courses starting in October

Rate Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

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

Internal Rate

  • 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)
  • Individuals enrolling under our Friends & Family scheme
  • Staff of the English Chamber Orchestra
  • 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 contact before completing the online enrolment form

Associate Rate

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

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 the Terms and Conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer termSummer School
 20  10 11 Oct - 13 Dec 2021 (10 weeks)  n/a n/a n/a
This is a one-term course

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 2nd August 2021

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 after your course choice and applicant details are collected via an in-built questionnnaire
  • The following email notifications are sent:
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Is sent instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • This is a receipt for your payment and includes payment date, order number and course title
  • Confirmation of your place on your chosen course will follow later
2. Enrolment confirmation Is sent within 10 working daysPlease treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Re-confirms your course choice
  • Shows your course's term dates
  • Confirms the day and time of your course
3. Programme information Is usually sent on Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains joining instructions for your course, incl. tutor contact details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

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