Urban Sketching from Home: online class

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Learn Urban sketching from your home with this, and our other drawing courses online, and in Sydney.

Learn how to capture your street in a sketchbook with this urban sketching course... All from the comfort of your living room, balcony or back yard.

Explore your neighbourhood without leaving home as you learn with a professional artist to capture street scenes, buildings and urban spaces in sketched compositions – then bring them to life with colour, tone and texture of watercolour pencil wash.

You’ll learn the composition basics – plus techniques to create depth and focus in your drawings – as you explore your sketching style and practice capturing a sense of time and place, plus the value of your personal response.

Once mastered, this truly portable art form is a great skill to take travelling, or to explore your own environment through visual journaling.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this class, you will have:

  • learned how to build confidence in your pen work
  • learned the basics of composition in urban sketching context
  • learned the importance of capturing a sense of time and place, and the value of your personal response
  • learned how to use colour to create a sense of depth, focus and mood

Ideal for

A range of drawing abilities from absolute beginners and beyond.

Course content

  • Observation
  • Simplify a complex scene
  • Composition
  • Proportion, volume, light and shade
  • Adding colour and mood with watercolour pencil

The 1-hour session is delivered live online via Zoom, with a small class group for personal interaction and feedback. Notes will be provided.

Home delivered art materials included

On enrolment, we will send you a kit with all you need to get started: A5 sketchpad, pencil, fine liner pen, watercolour pencils set and a paintbrush (value $40). Please enrol 7 days before class date to ensure delivery.

Avoid disappointment. Enrol early.

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

Course testimonials:

  • said: The 1-hour timeframe was inadequate. We worked through to an hour and a half and that was just adequate... There were some small issues with technology but the pre-course preparation was very good. I found the course really interesting and will use the kit. The start time should be an hour earlier. It was getting dark on completion. The tutor was encouraging and engaging. Thank you. I really enjoyed it.

  • said: I really enjoyed this class, in spite of the fact we couldn't get out and about to sketch. This was our tutor's first online course. I think she was embarrassed when things didn't go completely to plan but - hats off to her for giving it a go. The disruptions were minor, she adapted her method, has a pleasant manner and was encouraging to all, with practical tips where needed.... in future it might be good to have some pre-recorded videos of skills to show as demonstrations... Might be a nice adjunct to face to face class as well.

  • said: Attending the course via zoom did not detract from the instruction, however it would be better suited in person for feedback and guidance purposes.

  • said: The great teaching of Elinor

  • said: I was disappointed with myself more than the course. Elinor did her best with what I/she had. I did learn a bit about colour and shading but my drawing skills are not up to the task yet. Elinor has lots of experience to share but I would not recommend this course to anyone who is not already competent at drawing.

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