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

  • Live online
  • 2 hours a week
  • Saturdays 11:00 - 13:15
  • 5 weeks: July to August
  • Tutor: Marianne Walker
  • Fees from £60 to £105
  • Imperial College attendance certificate (T&Cs apply)
  • Official course title: 'Art and Craft Practice'
  • Book from 18 June 2021
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This Drawing Together course has been built around the fundamental skills required to make strong observational drawings. It's suitable for all those that want to learn or re-learn these important building blocks.

Every Saturday we will meet for an online drawing session from 11am – 1.15pm and will practice drawing together. You will be guided step by step through each session and there is plenty of time and opportunity for asking questions. We will share our drawings using the computer camera and you will be part of an open and supportive group committed to good drawing practice.

Organised in association with the Blyth Centre for Music and Visual Arts at Imperial College London, this 5-week course has been developed to optimise the well-being opportunities inherent in the regular practice of drawing in tandem with growing stronger representational drawing skills.

All classes are designed around A4 paper and pencil although you can use other mediums if you prefer.

The maximum class size is 12 students.

Online Access to Course

This is a taught live online course which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time on a specific day of the week. 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

Course programme (may be subject to minor modification)

Week 1Making a value scale for pencil tones

  • This week we will spend the session making a value scale that you can keep. A value scale is a scale of tonal ranges and we will make ours using pencil.
  • We will cover the process of graduating from dark tones in pencil through to mid tones and then lighter tones plus the transitional tones that link them.
  • This will involve some explanation of how to hold the pencil for the greatest effectiveness and how to build tone carefully. At the end of the session you will have a key to the tonal ranges that you can use in future drawings and a good understanding of how to re-create them.
  • For this session you will need A4 smooth cartridge paper a HB pencil, a 2B pencil, a 4B pencil, a pencil sharpener, a paper blending stub or cotton buds, a putty rubber or standard eraser, and a ruler (optional).

Week 2Mark making key to keep

  • This week we will build on the learning from week 1 and explore the many different ways of making marks with pencil. We will make a key of the different ways of mark making including: hatching, cross hatching, stippling, blending, line weight and scribble shadows. At the end of the session you will have a good understanding of how to build different types of marks, how these marks can be used to build tone and how they are used to describe form.
  • For this session you will need A4 smooth cartridge paper, a HB pencil, a 2B pencil, a 4B pencil, a pencil sharpener, a paper blending stub or cotton buds, a putty rubber or standard eraser and a compass and a ruler.

Week 3Measuring, proportion and foreshortening

  • Building on what we have learned in weeks 1 and 2 in this week we will concentrate on the fundamentals of measuring angles and proportion for drawing and we will learn about foreshortening. We will learn how to take angle and proportional measurements from a variety of real objects and then apply them to paper to make observational drawings. This process will also allow us to learn about foreshortening. At the end of the session you will know how to take angle and proportional measurements from a number of objects and have a good grasp of how to approach foreshortening for future drawings.
  • For this session you will need a mug, a tall vase with a couple of long stemmed flowers in it and a shoe. You will also need A4 smooth cartridge paper a HB pencil, a 2B pencil, a 4B pencil, a pencil sharpener, a paper blending stub or cotton buds, a putty rubber or standard eraser, and a ruler (optional).

Week 4An observational drawing of an apple

This week we will be concentrating on the deceptively simple still life subject of an apple. We will spend some time experimenting with directional light sources and creating shadows. Following this we will spend the session utilising everything we have learned in the previous weeks to make our observational drawing of our apple. By the end of the session you will know how to set up your still life, control your light sources and create shadows as well as how to incorporate tone, mark making, measuring, proportion and foreshortening into your drawings.

For this session you will need a good source of daylight such as a window (with a curtain you can draw across) an artificial light source such as a desk lamp, a cardboard box that is larger than your apple but can fit on your desk, an apple, A4 smooth cartridge paper, a HB pencil, a 2B pencil, a 4B pencil, a pencil sharpener, a paper blending stub or cotton buds, a putty rubber or standard eraser and a compass and a ruler.

Week 5Shadows and highlights still life

This week we will build on everything we have learned during the previous weeks. Our still life subject will be an aubergine. I've chosen this subject deliberately as it offers a lot of opportunity for very deep shadows with glossy bright highlights plus some interesting opportunities for measuring, proportion and foreshortening. We will again spend some short time setting up our still life as we did in the previous week. Following this we will concentrate on capturing our aubergine faithfully in a drawing incorporating every opportunity to study and draw the shadows and highlights. By the end of the session you will have used all the skills and knowledge learned in previous weeks to make an observational drawing of an aubergine. These will include mark making, tonal depths and variations, control over light source and shadow, treatment of highlights, measuring and proportion and foreshortening.

For this session you will need a good source of daylight such as a window (with a curtain you can draw across) an artificial light source such as a desk lamp, a cardboard box that is larger than your apple but can fit on your desk, an aubergine, A4 smooth cartridge paper, a HB pencil, a 2B pencil, a 4B pencil, a pencil sharpener, a paper blending stub or cotton buds, a putty rubber or standard eraser and a compass and a ruler.

Course Materials

The only materials required are pens, pencils and paper.

About Your Tutor

(STC) Marianne Walker is a London based artist who gained an 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
10  5  £105 £60 £80
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
  • NHS staff (other than Imperial NHS Trust staff)
  • 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. 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 these before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer termSummer School
 10  5 n/a n/a n/a w/c 26 Jul - w/c 23 Aug 2020 (5 weeks)

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% of the taught sessions. Eligible learners receive their certificate by email after the end of the course.

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 18 June

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

Any Questions?

  • Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be sent to the course tutor, Marianne Walker, mwal23@hotmail.com
  • Questions about your enrolment and payment should be sent to the Programme Administrator, eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk

If you have enjoyed this course, why not look at other arts and humanities evening class courses at Imperial College. This includes courses on the history of western art from ancient Greece to the nineteenth century, Understanding Modern and Design, the history of film and cinema and Greek and Roman mythology in art. We also run practical courses in art and photography and creative writing classes, and a growing programme of science based evening classes.