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

  • Daytime class
  • Saturdays 11:00 - 13:00
  • 10 weeks: October to December
  • 2 hours weekly online taught time
  • Tutor: Marianne Walker
  • Fees TBA
  • Official Course Title: 'Art and Craft Practice'
  • Online course
  • Book from 15 August
Booking link

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

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 nine week 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. 

The course offered is aimed at complete beginners, and so no previous knowledge or experience of any arts or craft practice is necessary. The course is however 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.

Course delivery

This is a live-taught online course 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 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

Indicative Programme

Week 1. Pencil (Marianne) 13 (Monday) October

Week 2. Charcoal (Marianne) 20 (Monday) October

Week 3. Tone and 3D (Clare) 28 (Monday) October

Week 4. Drawing in natural colour (Clare) (Monday) November

Week 5. Drawing in imaginary colour - using a wider palette (Clare) 11 (Monday) November

Week 6. Objects, characters and still life (Clare) 18 (Monday) November

Week 7. Ink (Marianne) 25 (Monday) November

Week 8. (Clare) 2 (Monday) December

Everyone to bring in a new object with the idea that they temporarily ‘gift’ the object to their neighbour. Using a wide variety of drawing approaches, this is an opportunity for the recipient of the ‘gifted’ object to build an imaginary world for the object to sit in. Everyone will make preparatory drawings using a combination of all the materials used during the programme. I will provide materials to construct the environment for the objects. This will grow into the sculptural object from which to make further drawings in week 9.

Week 9. (Clare) 9 (Monday) December

Using the preparatory drawings from week 8 we will work out how best to approach making the completed piece of work using all the skills we have learned over the 9 week period. We will allow time at the end for a group discussion on the work. Everyone will be encouraged to share their thoughts on how they feel they have developed in making their work over the course.

This is an indicative programme and so might be subject to modification or change.

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

Your tutors for this course are Marianne Walker and Clare Wilson.

Marianne Walker is a London based artist, she gained a 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. 

Clare Wilson studied at the University of Leeds. She writes of her work: 'My paintings evolve out of a process of layering , removing, reworking and pushing paint to find an inevitable form. The initial chaos and expressive brushmarks that dominate the early stages of the work are simplified, the uncomfortable and disjointed shapes are dissolved - at least partly, to create stillness. It is a slow process and the results remain indeterminate. I am not concerned with the monumental or grand but in the detail of a moment, curious shadows, abstract movements, textures, memories and allowing the unknown to resurface. Although these paintings are not about place, subtle shifts of tone and a restricted palette may refer to the diffused light and intervals of landscape and an exploration of empty space with different depths and recessions - a multi layering of muted tones with traces and imprints of the origins of the paintings submerged in a veiled light.'

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
18  9  £178    (Early Bird rate: £162*) £104    (Early Bird rate: £95*)
£137    (Early Bird rate: £126*) 
* The Early Bird rate is available for enrolments made before the end of  30 September for courses starting in October   |   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
  • Friends of the South London Botanical Institute
  • 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
  • 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 the  before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer termSummer School
 18  9 19 Oct - 18 Dec 2020 (9 weeks)* n/a n/a n/a
* This is as 1-term course

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 15 August

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% (7) of the taught classroom 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