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
  • Wednesdays 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 you can learn the rudiments of measuring angles and plotting the relationship between the objects. This week will concentrate on the pencil, experimenting with the range of hardnesses and discovering the different marks that can be made.

Week 2            Charcoal

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

Week 3            Ink (black),

In the first half of the session you will experiment with new materials and quick drawings. In the second half on longer drawings. As well as developing your drawing and observational skills, you will attempt to develop more proficiency in handling the material and its changing tonal values, as well as the different effects gained from using different brushes/ tools.

Week 4            Perspective and proportion (pencil drawing)

This week you will concentrate on plotting the still life using the rules of linear perspective. You will learn about composition, vanishing point, horizon line, single and two point perspective.

Week 5            Chiaroscuro (charcoal)

Lamps will be brought in, the ceiling lights in the room turned off. One lamp would be focused on the still life, the others would give ambient light for you to draw by. Two part lesson again, this time thinking about the shadows in the still life. Using chalk and charcoal you will be encouraged to aim for a greater understanding of tone, shadow, highlight and form. 

Week 6            Line and tone (ink)

This week you will concentrate on using line only to delineate form. The weight of a line drawn in ink can suggest direction, movement, width, form and shape. You will only be allowed to use the line to make drawings. You will be asked to think about fore, mid and background and how you would draw the still life, using line only, to differentiate form.

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

This week you will learn how to approach the drawing of darkness and shiny dark objects.

Week 8            Portraits/ figure study (pencil)

You will be asked to bring in a mirror or choose a partner from the other students in the class, and you will draw yourself or the other student. You will learn about the basic proportions of an adult face and you will learn how to draw the features of the face as well as the hair. As it is a pencil lesson a lot of time will 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. Now you will experiment with ink. How is it different to pencil and charcoal and what effects can be learned from it? This week is about both line and tone.

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

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. 

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
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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