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 (STC)
  • Fee: £200
  • Location: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus
  • Official Course Title: 'Art and Craft Practice'

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

This 10-week course is a continuation course for those who have completed the 10 week Drawing for Beginners class at Imperial College, or who have some basic experience of drawing.

The course will build on previous experience of drawing, and you will be given opportunities to from objects and the imagination, using a variety of drawing 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 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. 

By the end of the course the students will have an increasingly 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 course is in the higher fee band due to a restriction on the recruitment numbers and so no discounts are available for internal or associate enrollees.

On the booking portal, please select 'Drawing 10 weeks'

Course Information

Course Programme

Building on the lessons learned from the Beginners drawing class, this Near Beginners drawing course will develop and cement strong observation drawing skills in addition to working from the imagination.

Students will explore a range of figure and still life studies as well as developing the abstract and imaginative possibilities of the medium.

The format of each week will be a brief recap of technique followed by an in-depth period of drawing.

Week 1   Pencil

Copying using the grid system. Students will bring an A4 print of their choice to class and will copy the work using the grid system. A simple portrait photo is recommended.

Week 2   Pencil

Still life. Students will work from the still life in the studio, thinking about shape, form, relationship, foreshortening and perspective.

Week 3   Pencil

Pattern, creation and observation. Students will bring a selection of patterned fabrics to the class and will create a collage using drawings from them.

Week 4   Charcoal

Chiaroscuro. Students will work from a simple still life tableau that has strong contrasts between the light and the dark. They will participate in the lighting of the still life in order to learn about emphasis and composition and once decided, will draw from it.

Week 5   Charcoal

Students are asked to bring a mirror to the class and will spend the session creating a self portrait.

Week 6   Still life. Students are asked to bring items of clothing to the class to draw from. Shoes, coats, gloves, etc will act as still life studies in order for the students to think about capturing the absent human presence.

Week 7   Ink

Still life. Students will work from a still life while thinking about line, mark, wash, depth and weight.

Week 8   Ink, self portrait.

Students are asked to bring a mirror to class, or partner up with another classmate to produce portraits.

Week 9   Ink, landscape imaginary, forms, trees, clouds, composition. Students are asked to bring a black and white print out of a landscape painting to the class to spend the session copying from the techniques, thinking about how landscapes have been rendered in history.

Week 10  Pencil, charcoal or ink or all three.

Students are asked to bring objects that are dark to the class to use as a still life – black shoes, bin bags, aubergines, red wine bottles are some examples. Often the hardest items to draw, students will finish the class with a good understanding of how to tackle them.


  • pencils (range from B to 5B)
  • ruler, sturdy one
  • eraser (standard as well as putty rubber)
  • willow charcoal (comes in boxes)
  • white chalk or pastel
  • black ink
  • ink pen
  • calligraphy brushes (if have)
  • soft and hard watercolour brushes
  • bottles of water
  • pot for cleaning brushes
  • paper, A3 or A2 cartridge paper
  • pencil sharpener
  • rag or papertowels for excess liquid

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

(STC) 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. 

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
20  10  £200
Not available Not available
All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.
Term dates 1

Fee Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate only

  • Applicable to all. This course has a restriction on the number of enrollees and as a consequence no discounted fee rates are available.

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

Please read the  before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer termSummer School
 20  10 n/a 18 Jan - 26 Mar 2021 (10 weeks)* n/a n/a
* This is a 1-term course

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.

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts TBA

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
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • Confirms your payment, date of payment and order number
  • 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
  • Confirms your course choice
  • Shows the programme your course is part of as well as the term dates
  • Confirms your course' day of the week & time
3. Programme information Usually sent Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains further course details incl. classroom location and teacher contact information
  • Provides further general programme details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

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