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: October to December
  • Tutor: Sam van Strien

Drawing is an artistic skill that gets better the more you do. But it is also a very useful skill to learn, not only for the increased manual dexterity you will experience in handling drawing materials like pencil, charcoal and pastel, but because it encourages us to look at the world more closely, to see its detail and the visual connections between different objects around us. In short it is theraputic and life enhancing.

On this ten week course you are going to be introduced into the basics of drawing. This will include the types of material we use to draw with - not just pencils, but charcoal, pastel, crayon and even biro pens and ink - and the types of drawing we can make. These can be meticulous and detailed, right through to expressive and abstract, each of which represents a different way of looking at the world and (to use a technical term!) codifying what we see on the piece of paper in front of us.

This is an interactive course in which your tutor will bring in things to draw, but also encourage you to bring in your own drawing subjects, and it is entirely practical - although we might sometimes look at some examples of artists' drawings on the class projector to see if this gives us ideas to work from. It is not only objects that we can draw, of course, but also the space around us, including both the interiors and, perhaps, the exteriors of buildings, as we use drawing to examine the world around us.

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. The course is delivered as a leisure course for fun and pleasure.

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.


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)

  • Week 1 - ‘A Drawing is Simply A Line Going for a Walk', Paul Klee
  • Week 2 - Positive and Negative Space
  • Week 3 - Mark-Making and Texture
  • Week 4 - Value & Tone
  • Week 5 - Learning from an Old Master
  • Week 6 - Portraits and Self Portraits 
  • Week 7 - Abstraction and Collage
  • Week 8 - Perspective 
  • Week 9 - Narrative
  • Week 10 - Architectural Space and Model Making

Participants in this programme must provide their own art materials.

Your Tutor

Sam van Strien is a London-based artist who received his MFA in Painting & Drawing from Ohio State University in 2017 and his BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts, London) in 2014.

 He is an artist driven by the question of how and where we experience architecture; employing two-dimensional mediums to examine the role three-dimensional spaces have in our lives. 

 Sam has exhibited nationally and internationally, and in 2021 he was included in the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, the UK’s leading drawing prize and exhibition. He has taught at institutions including Ohio State University, Texas Tech University and Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery.  


Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
20 10 £235   (£11.75 p/h)
£140   (£7 p/h) £185   (£9.25 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

  • 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.

Term Dates 2022-23

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 20  10 Week commencing 10 October to week ending 17 December 2022* n/a n/a
*This is a 1-term course

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 August 2022

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 your enrolment or payment processes please contact the Programme Administrator, Christian Jacobi,