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: May to June
  • Tutor: Marianne Walker 
  • Fees from £120 to £205
  • Official course title: 'Art and Craft Practice'
  • Imperial College attendance certificate (T&Cs apply)
  • Book from 1 March 2021
Booking link

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 – 1.15pm and will practice drawing together. A programme of simple exercises has been designed for each week which include mindful drawing exercises and observational drawing exercises. You will be emailed each Wednesday with reminders of the subject of Saturday's class, with helpful links to read through ahead of the 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.

All classes are designed around A4 paper and pencil although you can use other mediums if you prefer.

The maximum class size is 12 students.

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

Week 1Drawing using a grid

  • This is a great introductory session and we will spend it learning how to mark a grid on an A4 print out of an Irish Setter and then making a faithful copy of the image. We will learn how to break the image down and map our way around the drawing, working from square to square. The image we are using will be sent in advance.
  • Required: A4 paper, pencil, sharpener and eraser, print out of dog

Week 2A green cabbage

  • This week we will be making a pencil drawing of a green cabbage. The head and leaves of the cabbage offer a challenge to the drawing initiate and the experienced artist alike. We will work with measuring angles and proportion as well as tone. Instructionsns and examples will be emailed ahead of the class and we will spend the drawing session working through the subject together.
  • Required: A4 paper, pencil, eraser and pencil sharpener plus a green cabbage

Week 3Metamorphosis and the imagination

  • This week's session will be about turning one thing into another within our drawing. The example for the class would be an observational drawing of a power cord, complete with plug, that turns into a snake. Ahead of the session students are asked to search for an image of a snake that they want to use and to have a power cord, such as those used for charging phones, available to draw from. We will begin with the observational drawing and then explore how to represent the cord morphing into a snake.
  • Required: A4 paper and pencil plus eraser and pencil sharpener; phone charging cord with plug still attached and image of snake

Week 4Red wine

  • This week is an observational drawing of a glass of red wine. This is a challenging session of studying the liquid within a transparent object but I will send examples and techniques ahead of the session. We will spend the session making a pencil drawing of this subject, exploring how to capture in pencil the dark liquid within the form of the glass.
  • Required: a glass and red wine plus A4 paper and pencil plus sharpener and eraser

Week 5Negative space

  • This week we will explore the concept of negative space within the drawing using the form of a houseplant or flowers. Instead of concentrating on drawing the plant or the flowers we will instead draw the space between their leaves and petals. This session is about drawing the space rather than the object and gives a greater understanding of how to map a drawing across the paper and the relationship between objects.
  • Required: plant or flowers plus A4 paper and pencil, sharpener and eraser

Week 6Mummy mask

  • This week I will send an image of an ancient Egyptian mummy mask for you to print ahead of the session. Similarly to week 1, you can copy the image using the grid method or you can copy it freehand. As the mummy mask has eyes drawn onto it, the challenge will be to capture the three-dimensional nature of the face form as well as the two-dimensional nature of the drawing on it's surface.
  • Required: A print out of the mummy mask, A4 paper, pencil, sharpener and eraser

Week 7Self portrait

  • The self-portrait is a very well known genre within art history and it's because using yourself as the subject is a great solution to the problem of finding a model. Essentially this is an observational drawing session and we will spend it making a drawing of our own faces. We will look at some methods of breaking the form of the face down as a three dimensional form in order to strengthen our drawings. We will also tackle techniques of drawing our hair and glasses, if worn.
  • Required: A4 paper, pencil, sharpener and eraser plus a mirror and books to raise the mirror to eye level

Week 8Fur

  • This week we will have a go at drawing the fur of a seal. Ahead of the session I will send you a close up of the seal's fur, if you are able to print it off that would be great but if not you can work from a screen image. The abstraction of the pattern across the surface of the fur is a great challenge to the artist. We will look at some methods of rendering fur in pencil and how to capture the patches within the animals skin. Mark making and gesture will be important as will observation.
  • Required: A4 paper, pencil, sharpener and eraser; print out of the fur if possible

Week 9A pile of books

  • This week we will be making an observational drawing of a pile of books. This is essentially a still life drawing with the pile of books as the subject. We will concentrate on drawing each book as well as the text or image that we can see across their surface. We will explore the contour lines in the drawing as well as the tonal qualities across their surfaces.
  • Required: at least 3 large books in a pile, A4 paper, pencil, sharpener and eraser

Week 10A small cardboard box

  • This week our subject will be the deceptively simple cardboard box. We will need a box that we can look into (I.e with an open top) and we will need a fixed light source such as a desk lamp or overhead light. Our challenge will be to capture the shadows within the boxes interior as well as the uniformity of tone across the exterior surface.
  • Required: A small cardboard box that will fit on the table in front of you, and that you can see into, A4 paper and pencil, sharpener and eraser

Course Materials

All classes are designed around A4 paper and pencil although you can use other mediums if you want to.

About Your Tutor

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 Delivery

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.

Zoom

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.

All courses lasting two hours have a 10 minute break in the middle.  For one hour courses there is no break.

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
20  10  £205 £120 £160
All fee rates quoted are for the whole course     Please note there is no early-bird discount available for the April intake courses

Rate 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Members of the London Zoological Society
  • Members of the Kennel Club

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 term
 20  10 n/a n/a w/c 26 Apr - w/e 4 Jul 2021 (10 weeks)

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 March 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 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

Any Questions?

  • Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be sent to the course tutor, Marianne Walker, mwal23@hotmail.com
  • Questions about your enrolment and payment should be sent to the Programme Administrator, eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk

If you have enjoyed this course, why not look at other arts and humanities evening class courses at Imperial College. This includes courses on the history of western art from ancient Greece to the nineteenth century, Understanding Modern and Design, the history of film and cinema and Greek and Roman mythology in art. We also run practical courses in art and photography and creative writing classes, and a growing programme of science based evening classes.