Join world renowned artist and teacher Ian Fennelly in this FREE online course as he guides you through the foundations of urban sketching and his essential tips for beginners.



In this free urban sketching course, you’ll get easy-to-follow online lessons which cover the different elements of urban sketching. Includes practical exercises and step-by-step guidance from one of the world's finest urban sketchers, Ian Fennnelly.

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Broken down into 3 stages, this free urban sketching course guides you step-by-step, while teaching you lots of tricks and techniques you can apply to your own sketches and take with you through your creative journey.

The course has been designed for those new to urban sketching but even advanced artists will learn something new!

Stage #1:

Introduction to Urban Sketching

You'll discover...

The rapidly growing world of Urban Sketching
Uncovering Ian Fennelly's Art Style
The specific materials and pens to use
Ian Fennelly's Sketching Process
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Stage #2:

The Elements of an Urban Sketch

You'll discover...

Color theory basics and the color wheel
How to embrace your unique line
Line Exercises you can do
How to understand the basics of perspective
How to be inventive with your sketches when using tone
The basics of composing your sketch
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Stage #3:

Preparing to Sketch

You'll discover...

Top tips for getting started
How to embrace mistakes like a pro
How to build your confidence quickly
Practical Sketching Tips you can apply today
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Ian Fennelly. Chester Cross Urban Sketch art


Ian Fennelly has built an extraordinary reputation as one of the world’s finest urban sketchers and most sought-after teachers.

His distinct style of on-location art, engaging teaching methods and all-round creativity has earned him a passionate global following.

And now, for the first time, you can experience some of Ian's teachings with this free urban sketching course.


Click the button below to get free instant, lifetime access to this fun and FREE urban sketching course. This is a rare opportunity to learn from one of the world’s best-loved urban sketchers, at no cost.

You can work through the course in your own time, from your phone, tablet, or computer.



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Why is this sketching course free?

This sketching course is free because we understand that not everybody is in a position to invest in our more in-depth training courses.

This free course is not designed to replace our range of extensive sketching courses, but it will give you plenty of valuable guidance and real-world insights into urban sketching.

This is ideal if you are new to urban sketching and want to find out a little more before investing any time and money into learning more.

However, please don't discount the value of this course just because it is free! This course has been professionally filmed and developed by an expert team and is delivered from our cutting-edge training platform. We're positive you'll be delighted with it!

What is the difference between this free urban sketching course and the paid courses you offer?

There are some notable differences between this free urban sketching course and our paid-for courses:

1. This is an introduction course to Urban Sketching and not a work-along sketch. In our paid-for urban sketching courses, Ian goes into considerable depth when it comes to pen work; color; tone; how to choose the right colors, how to mix and apply water ratios and much more.

2. In our regular courses, typically more stages and more detail is involved and Ian works at a slightly slower pace.

3. This is a much shorter course than our paid-for courses, which typically include several workshops with many hours of training.

Even so, this free urban sketching course is packed with learnings, tips and techniques that will improve your skills and confidence. It's a rare chance to work alongside Ian Fennelly, who is regarded as one of the world's top urban sketchers and teachers.

Can I follow along with Ian while taking this course?
Yes. Although there's no image to sketch in this course, Ian has broken down all of the elements that are involved within his usual scenes. In this introdction, he takes you through each step in the process while explaining everything he is doing. Ian is an experienced and engaging teacher, so this is learning that you will thoroughly enjoy.

You can also slow down, pause, or speed up the tutorials to suit your own style of learning.

How long is this free urban sketching course?

This is a quick sketching course that you can complete within an hour. The video learning controls allow you to speed up or slow down each tutorial so that you can absorb the content at a pace that suits you.

What is included in this free urban sketching course?
When you sign up you'll get:

  • A free urban sketching course.
  • An introduction to line work.
  • Colour theory basics and the colour wheel.
  • How to be inventive with your sketches when using tone and brush pens.
  • An introduction to detail and finding your style.
  • How to understand the basics of perspective.
  • The basics of composing your sketch.
  • Lifetime access to the course and learning portal.
What else will I learn from this free course?

As well as the technical skills you'll gain (as described on this page); you'll also learn how to be inventive with your sketches while bringing elements of fun into them. You'll learn how to sketch more freely and how to make your pictures more visually interesting.

You'll also get a real-life taster of what it's like to sketch on-location and some of the challenges you may come up against. All of this while learning from Ian Fennelly, a master in the art of urban sketching.