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: August to September
  • 2 hours weekly online taught time
  • Tutor: Marianne Walker 
  • Fees from £67 to £117
  • Online course
Booking link

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 drawing course is built around developing both observational drawing skills and mindfulness using items that are easily accessible around the house or garden. The 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.

The only materials required are pens, pencils and paper. 

This 10-week course offers one 2-hour online session each week (20 contact hours). Class runs Saturdays 11:00 - 13:00.

Class size is limited to 12 students.

Technical requirements

This is a virtual course using Zoom. 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 need to install the Zoom app.


Course Information

Course Programme

Course programme (may be subject to minor modification)

Week 1 We will start the drawing course with a session on mindfulness drawing. Using a pen and paper (a black biro or marker pen is useful for this exercise) we will make a Zentangles drawing within the outline of a human body – head, arms, body and legs.

Week 2 This week will be an observational drawing exercise where the subject will be a piece of fruit cut in half. This could be strawberries, a lemon, or a watermelon, anything that is readily available in the supermarket or in your own home.

Week 3 This will be a session of drawing to music. Using a pencil and paper (or a pen and paper if you prefer), we will choose a piece of music ahead of class that we can all listen to on the computer. You may want to wear headphones for this session. While listening to the music we will draw whatever lines, forms and shapes that surface in our minds, paying attention to what comes forth and being in the moment.

Week 4 Another observational drawing session, using a leaf. Choose a leaf that you would be interested to draw, it doesnt have to be in pristine condition and can be any type of leaf that you like. We will spend the two hour drawing session making a careful and detailed study of a humble leaf and strengthen our drawing skills in the process.

Week 5 Drawing circles. The object of this session is mindfulness. Using a pen and paper we will draw circles, making sure not to rush and making sure that each circle is carefully closed. This enjoyable exercise will enable us to calmly observe what swims up in the mind while keeping an eye on our breathing and teaching us to be mindful and calm.

Week 6 Observational drawing session where the subject is one of our own eyes. Eyes are not round and nor are they simple things to draw, so we will spend the two hour session drawing just one of our own eyes. We will learn how the eyelids are formed around the eye, and how to draw the varied forms, highlights and shadows around and within the eye.

Week 7 Doodling. This week as we draw together we will doodle without judgement and while paying attention to what shapes, forms and lines and marks we enjoy, also paying attention to what comes up in the mind during the session.

Week 8 Observational drawing session using our own hand as the subject. Hands are notoriously hard to draw but this two hour session will break the subject down into a series of shapes before beginning to add shade and tone.

Week 9 A free subject week of observational drawing. This week the attendees are encouraged to choose their own subject to draw. They are asked to keep in mind what may be achievable in a two hour period and to spend the days ahead of the session thinking of something they may like to draw. It could be a small ornament, it could be a piece of jewellery, it could even be a cup and saucer.

Week 10 Drawing pattern. This week the attendees are asked to choose from patterned items of their clothing and arrange a small still life to draw from. We will think about and draw the different textures of the materials and the patterns within them.

Course Materials and Credit Information

The only materials required are pens, pencils and paper.

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 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 termSummer term
 20  10 n/a n/a n/a w/c 27 Jul - w/c 28 Sept 2020 (10 weeks)

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 29 June

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

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