Learn Urban Sketching

Make the world your studio with our range of engaging online urban sketching courses filmed on location!

Artist Ian Fennelly quote youtube art urban sketch for sale

Learn Urban Sketching with Artist & Teacher, Ian Fennelly

Amsterdam how to urban sketch usk urban sketchers
Eastgate clock chester certified course urban sketch
Urban Sketch  Junkyard Sketching Course vintage old cars truck jcb
London's Greatest Hits Urban Sketching Course art supplies
Brush pens chester wirral urban sketch

What’s New

Discover more about our newest course releases and events!

Sketch Robin Hood's Bay

Tucked away in the cliffs of North-East England is a spectacular fishing village that’s steeped in history and bursting with myths, legends and fantastic true-life stories of pirates and smugglers!

Join Ian Fennelly on a captivating journey as he teaches you his methods for sketching the extraordinary village of Robin Hood’s Bay!

E 73 Lessons
6 Workshops
j 1 Spectacular Location

win a signed original sketch

10+ Courses

5,000+ Students

4.9 Average Rating

Our Courses

Learn urban sketching with our range of unique online urban sketching courses, developed with master urban sketcher and teacher, Ian Fennelly.

Each course is filmed on location and takes you step-by-step from blank page to finished artwork. Courses are suitable for beginners through to advanced level.

Ian Fennelly Sketching for Beginners

Urban Sketch Beginners Course


Join Ian Fennelly as he guides you through 47 easy-to-follow lessons and practical exercises that will transform you from complete beginner to skilled urban sketcher!

Ian Fennelly. Chester Cross Urban Sketch art

Certificate in Urban Sketching

This Certificate in Urban Sketching course consists of 8 modules and online tests that guide you through Ian Fennelly’s unique sketching processes and style. At the end of the course, you will be awarded with a Certificate of Achievement you can be proud of. Includes self-assignments and bonus interviews with Ian.

Plasters arms hoylake village urban sketching

Pub Sketching Tour

Watch, learn and follow-along with Ian as he takes you on a fascinating learning journey to 4 quaint British pubs while teaching you the techniques and style that have made him one of the world’s best loved urban sketchers!

Cheshire Chester countryside village urban sketch

Five Villages Sketching Tour

Learn urban sketching through an exciting and creative new journey to 5 classic English villages while he teaches you the techniques and style that have made him one of the world’s best loved urban sketchers!

Trafalgar square london water fountain paint urban sketch art

Greatest Hits of London

Join Ian Fennelly in drawing and painting some of London’s most iconic places while learning his 3-step ‘quick sketching’ process that you can apply anywhere!

Urban Sketch sketching on location artist

Urban Junkyard

Follow-along with Ian at his local junkyard as he breaks the mould of ’traditional’ urban sketching and teaches you step-by-step how to confidently draw and paint anything in his own much-loved style.

Santorini Greece world urban sketch usk watercolor

Virtual World Sketching Tour

Join Ian Fennelly in his home studio as he takes you on an incredible journey to 4 exciting countries while teaching you the exact techniques and style that have made him one of the world’s most revered urban sketchers!


Sketch Wales

Learn with Ian Fennelly as he teaches you his latest urban sketching methods while capturing the inexplicable charm of one of the world’s most enchanting countries!
Urban Sketching Animals - Ian Fennelly

Urban Zoo Sketching Course


From the feathered to the furry, from the plain to the patterned, and from the massive to the minuscule, the Urban Zoo Sketching Course teaches you how to sketch and paint incredible urban style pictures of animals through 16 engaging online workshops delivered by Ian Fennelly.

Student Successes

Take a look at just some of the incredible work our students are producing as a result of taking our urban sketching courses. And you’ll find many more examples on Instagram. Why not join them and learn urban sketching with Ian Fennelly?

Our Reviews

At Urban Sketch Course we have created the most engaging, diverse and highest calibre urban sketching courses available anywhere, which is why we are consistently given 5-star ratings on Trustpilot & Google Reviews:

About Ian Fennelly

Ian Fennelly is one of the world’s most revered urban sketchers and sought after teachers.

Through our range of courses, you’ll learn urban sketching – Ian Fennelly style! Ian breaks down his well-loved style into easy-to-follow steps, while revealing the tricks and techniques developed and refined through years of dedication to the craft of urban sketching.

Best of all, you can do it too! To learn urban sketching, all you need is a fine-line pen, a simple sketch book and a willingness to watch, listen and learn from a coveted urban sketcher and captivating teacher.

Gallery Store

We are delighted to offer you this unique opportunity to purchase the signed limited edition Giclee prints that were created by Ian exclusively for our Certificate in Urban Sketching course.

Feedback Gallery

As well as access to one of our popular online courses, you will also be invited to join a private, student only feedback gallery. Here you can share your newfound urban sketching skills, receive feedback and leave comments for other students too.

There is no better way to learn urban sketching than to get feedback and advice  on your work Watch as you progress through the course with the advice and feedback from other learners who are sharing this journey with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm a complete beginner artist, can I take your courses?

You have come to the right place to learn urban sketching. No prior knowledge, experience or qualifications are required to take our courses. Each course has been carefully designed to suit everyone from absolute beginners to keen amateurs and even established artists. Best of all, you can pause, rewind, speed up, slow down and watch the tutorials over and over again, until you know this stuff as well as Ian does!

How long do I have access to the courses?
You get full, unrestricted lifetime access to each course which you can access at any time, 24/7. There are no time limits, no restrictions of any kind and no pressure whatsoever! As soon as you sign up to a course, you will have access to work along at your own pace -watch the Modules once a week or even binge-watch as much as you want. It’s completely up to you.
What kind of materials do I need?

Urban Sketching is about the documentation of a scene and not the materials used; it is completely up to you what equipment and supplies you use. Ian will be using watercolours, fine liner pens, brush pens, and more! Here is a suggested list of items to use within our courses: Urban Sketching Kit List.

Are there any age restrictions for registering?

The age range of our students varies significantly from school and college students, right up to senior citizens. The course content has been designed to accommodate anyone of any age and ability. However, in the interest of children’s online safety we do have a minimum age requirement of 13 years. See our terms and conditions for more details.

Do I need any computer skills?
No. Just click play, watch, learn and follow along with Ian. All of our courses are streamed to your device using adaptive bitrate technology, which, in layman’s terms means that you can watch them anywhere, on any device and they will work even on slower internet connections.
Can I share my images online?

Yes, you can upload your images to any social media platform and tag #UrbanSketchCourse! We often share our students images as a regular feature on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Free Urban Sketching Course

Grab your FREE urban sketching course with Ian Fennelly!

In this free course, Ian teaches you his 3-step process for sketching a delightful English village scene: