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

  • Evening Class
  • Mondays 18:00 - 20:00
  • 10 weeks: January to March
  • 2 hours taught time per week
  • Tutor: Marianne Walker
  • Fees from £115 to £200
  • Location: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus
  • Official Course Title: 'Art and Craft Practice'
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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 10-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. 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.

By the end of the course the students will have a good grounding in the knowledge of how to approach and make realistic representational drawings as well as the breadth of each of the drawing materials qualities and application.

Course Information

Course Programme

Indicative Programme

Week 1            Pencil drawing

Simple shapes such as spheres, cylinders, bottles etc would be used as a still life so the students could learn the rudiments of measuring angles and plotting the relationship between the objects. This week would concentrate on the pencil, experimenting with the range of hardnesses and discovering the different marks that can be made. 

The class would spend the first hour running through a series of exercises designed to get them to experiment as much as possible and making three quick 10 min drawings to get them in the habit of looking, seeing and noticing. The second part of the class would be spent on drawing the still life arrangement in front of them. I usually split this into two longer sessions, with only two drawings being made.

Week 2            Charcoal

The class would be split into two again with the first half running through experimentations, quick drawings and mark making with new material. The second half would be divided into two longer sessions for still life drawing. The objects in the still life would be different to the previous week so no one gets complacent. We would start to think about tone, shadow and light in more detail in this class.

Week 3            Ink (black)

Same format as above, first half experimenting with new material, quick drawings etc, second half longer drawings. Each week the still life objects would be different to the previous week. As well as developing their drawing and looking skills, the students would leave with more proficiency in handling the material and its changing tonal values and the different effects gained from using different brushes/ tools.

Week 4            Perspective and proportion (pencil drawing)

This week students would concentrate on plotting the still life using the rules of linear perspective. They would learn about composition, vanishing point, horizon line, single and two point perspective. Same format as other weeks, two part lesson - first part experimentation and quick drawings, second part longer drawings. 

Week 5            Chiaroscuro (charcoal)

Lamps would be brought in, the ceiling lights in the room would be turned off. One lamp would be focused on the still life, the others would give ambient light for the students to draw by but would face away from the still life. Two part lesson again, this time thinking about the shadows in the still life. First part would be quick drawings, quick change of still life arrangement, second part two longer drawings. Using chalk and charcoal the students would gain a greater understanding of tone, shadow, highlight and form. 

Week 6            Line and tone (ink)

In this week the students would concentrate on using line only to delineate form. The weight of a line drawn in ink can suggest direction, movement, width, form and shape. Using the same format as other weeks for the lesson the students would only be allowed to use the line to make drawings. They would be asked to think about fore, mid and background and how they would draw the still life, using line only, to differentiate.

Week 7            Darkness (ink, charcoal, chalk, pencil)

This week the students would learn how to draw darkness and shiny dark objects.

Week 8            Portraits/ figure study (pencil)

Students would bring a mirror or choose a partner and they would draw each other. They would learn about the basic proportions of an adult face and they would learn how to draw the features of the face as well as the hair. Same format as other lessons, first half experimentation and quick drawings, second half longer drawings. As it is a pencil lesson a lot of time would be spent plotting the portrait out and measuring.

Week 9            Portraits/ figure study (charcoal)

Different partner to the week before, or mirror if prefer, same format as above, really concentrating on highlights and shadow more than details.

Week 10          Portraits/ figure study (ink)

Different partner or same or mirror, same format as above. experimentation with ink. How is it different to pencil and charcoal, what effects can be learned from it. This week is about both line and tone.

It would be wonderful to have a life drawing model for weeks 8-10 but the students could use themselves if that's not possible (portraits only if they are using themselves).

By the end of the course the students will have a good grounding in the knowledge of how to approach and make realistic representational drawings as well as the breadth of each of the drawing materials qualities and application.

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 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
20  10  £200
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
  • 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, subject entirely to agreement by the tutor delivering the course. 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

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Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 20  10 n/a 13 Jan - 19 Mar 2020 (10 weeks) n/a

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 18 November

Enrolment & payment are through the Imperial College eStore. Please use above booking link noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on this page and your applicable 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 will be sent
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1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
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  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment receipt and therefore does not show your course however these details are sent to us via the system
2. Enrolment confirmation Sent in due course but likely not before the end of September. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
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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% (8) 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