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

  • Classroom course
  • Mondays 18:00 - 20:00
  • 10 weeks: January to March
  • Tutor: Marianne Walker
  • Fees from £140 to £235
This course is now full

This class is now full

An alternative class called Learning to Draw is available

Drawing is one of the most fundamental activities in art, one of the most direct ways in which to transfer what a person sees onto paper. Not only is it an expressive form of art in its own right, it also helps train the eye to look more carefully at the world around us.

On this course you will be introduced to a variety of drawing techniques and materials. This will include drawing from objects and the imagination, and use of pencil, charcoal and pastels amongst other media.

The course is interactive, so you will be asked to bring in objects to draw, and it is entirely practical, and so you will be trying your hand at drawing and painting from the very first session. In all of this you will be encouraged to experiment with a range of approaches, from acurate studies through to more individual and expressive forms of drawing. 

Held on Mondays, the course offered is aimed at complete beginners and so no previous knowledge or experience of any arts or craft practice is necessary.

It is also suitable for those with some knowledge and experience in an arts or craft activity, who wish to develop their knowledge and skills further in a supportive environment. Although the course is delivered as a leisure course for fun, past graduates from it have gained places on university and art school foundation courses, so further progression in art is a real possibility if you want to pursue that.

Classroom Course

This course will be taught face-to-face in the classrooms at our South Kensington Campus in London. To take part in the course you will need to be able to attend our South Kensington Campus each week on the day and time shown above.

Class Recordings

These classes are not recorded

 

Attendance Certificate

 

Successful completion of this course leads to the award of an Imperial College attendance certificate

 

Terms and conditions apply to all enrolments to this course. Please read them before enrolment

Course Information

Course Programme and Materials

Course programme (may be subject to some modification)

Drawing for Beginners: creating a strong nature feel in this classroom-taught course

Week 1Zentangles with a theme of nature

  • This introductory session is based around the use of zentangles, doodles, to fill the outline of a form such as a hand, a figure, an animal or an object. The idea is that once the outline is drawing the student will spend the session filling in the outline with natural patterns and forms.
  • By the end of the session you will have a finished zentangle drawing. Examples will be sent in advance as well as learning resources.
  • For this session you will need A4 paper, black pens or markers of various widths, pencil and eraser.

Week 2 - Still life with fruit and vegetables

  • This is an observational drawing session in which you will make a still life drawing of up to three fruits and vegetables. It will involve learning measuring methods using the eye and pencil and an introduction to contour line drawing and tone.
  • By the end of the session you will have tackled all these elements in your still life drawing. Examples will be sent in advance as well as learning resources.
  • For this session you will need A4 or A3 paper as desired, a range of pencils from HB to 4B, an eraser and pencil sharpener.

Week 3Perspective and foreshortening using a cardboard box

  • This session we will tackle perspective using a simple cardboard box. Building on what we have learned in the previous week regarding measuring, we will spend the session drawing a simple cardboard box from different angles, moving position a number of times.
  • By the end of the session you will have completed at least three different perspectival drawings of the same box and tackled foreshortening. Examples will be sent in advance as well as learning resources.
  • For this session you will need A4 or A3 paper as desired, a range of pencils from HB to 4B, an eraser and pencil sharpener.

Week 4 - Pattern using a cardboard box and wrapping paper

  • This session makes use of the same cardboard box as the previous week. This time the box will be covered in patterned paper and the challenge for the session is to draw the pattern accurately as it lies across the surface of the box. This session we will only be making one drawing.
  • By the end of the session you will have combined the perspectival and foreshortening learning of the previous week with the knowledge of how to represent the pattern across the form of the box. Examples will be sent in advance as well as learning resources.
  • For this session you will need A4 or A3 paper as desired, a range of pencils from HB to 4B, an eraser and pencil sharpener.

Week 5Copying from an old master, figure, using the grid method

  • This session we will choose an old master drawing of a seated figure to copy from, something by Raphael or Da Vinci or similar that will be sent in advance. We will copy the drawing using the grid method and by the end of the session we will have a finished copy of an old master drawing. Examples will be sent in advance as well as learning resources.
  • For this session you will need A4 or A3 paper as desired, a range of pencils from HB to 4B, an eraser and pencil sharpener.

Week 6 - Drawing a clothed figure

  • Figure drawing is one of the staples of artistic learning and this week we will be drawing from a seated clothed figure. We will use the measuring methods used in previous weeks, as well as building on drawing of texture and pattern. Our model will sit for us, with regular breaks, and we will make a drawing of them using all these elements.
  • By the end of the session you will have tackled drawing a human figure capturing how the clothing drapes and sits on the figure. Examples will be sent in advance as well as learning resources.
  • For this session you will need A4 or A3 paper as desired, a range of pencils from HB to 4B, an eraser and pencil sharpener.

Week 7Self portrait drawing

  • Building on what we have learned in last weeks session this week we will tackle the self portrait. The self portrait has a long art history as artists have often represented themselves when other models were not available. We will spend the session concentrating on the proportions of the face and features as well as tackling each of them representationally and by the end of the session you will have a self portrait drawing. Examples will be sent in advance as well as learning resources.
  • For this session you will need a mirror, A4 or A3 paper as desired, a range of pencils from HB to 4B, an eraser and pencil sharpener.

Week 8Wildflowers and leaves

  • This drawing session we will make an observational still life drawing of wildflowers and leaves. In the week before you will choose a selection of leaves and wildflowers or grasses to draw from. During the session we will study their natural forms and by the end of the session you will have tackled the scale, form and shape of these natural items. Examples will be sent in advance as well as learning resources.
  • For this session you will need A4 or A3 paper as desired, a range of pencils from HB to 4B, an eraser and pencil sharpener and your selection of leaves, grasses and flowers.

Week 9Copying from an Old Master, landscape

  • This drawing session we will be copying from an old master drawing of a landscape but this time we will not be using the grid method, only our hand to eye co-ordination. Examples of master landscape drawings will be provided or sent in advance to choose from and by the end of the session you will have learned some of the old master methods of drawing trees, horizons, and landscape forms. Examples will be sent in advance as well as learning resources.
  • For this session you will need A4 or A3 paper as desired, a range of pencils from HB to 4B, an eraser and pencil sharpener plus a print out of the Old Master drawing.

Week 10 - Page Border foliage or Ornament

  • For this session we will be making a drawing of intertwined ornament. Using A4 paper we will mark out an internal border and then plot our pattern within it. The specific methods will be sent in advance and covered during the session.
  • By the end of the session you will have learned how to use mathematical measuring to plot your border before then overdrawing the ornamental pattern. Examples will be sent in advance as well as learning resources.
  • For this session you will need A4 or A3 paper as desired, a range of pencils from HB to 4B, an eraser and pencil sharpener.

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 Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
 20 10 £240   (£12 p/h)
£150   (£7.50 p/h) £195   (£9.75 p/h)
All fee rates quoted are for the whole course. Part-payments are not possible. Equivalent to hourly rate is shown for comparison guidance only, it is not possible to pay pro-rata hourly rates.

 

Rate Categories and Discounts


Standard Rate

  • Available 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
  • Students, staff and Governors of Woodhouse College and the IC Mathematics School

Associate Rate

  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Co-operative College members
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • Friends and Patrons of the English Chamber Orchestra
  • Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
  • Friends of Leighton House/ Sambourne House
  • Friends of the Royal College of Music
  • 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)
  • National Health Service (NHS) employees
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • 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 of our adult education courses after the course has already 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.

Friends and Family Scheme

This course is eligible for the  allowing Imperial College students and staff to share their discount with their friends and family.

Term Dates 2022-23

HoursWeeksSpring termSummer termSummer School
 20  10 Week commencing 16 January to week ending 25 March 2023* n/a n/a
*This is a 1-term course

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment is now open

Enrolment and payment run through the Imperial College eStore. When enrolling:

  • Do check on the drop down menu above called "Course Fees and Rate Categories" to see if you are eligible for a discounted rate and also do make sure you select that rate when enrolling on the eStore
  • If you are a first-time eStore user you will need to create an account before enrolling. You can do this by entering an email address and password. This account can then be used for any future enrolments via the eStore.

When you have enrolled you will be sent the following email notifications:

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 days. Please 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?

If you have any questions about the content or teaching of this course please contact the Course Tutor, Marianne Walkermwal23@hotmail.com

If you have any questions about your enrolment or payment processes please contact the Programme Administrator, Christian Jacobi, eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk