Urban Sketch Course Modules

Urban Sketch Course consists of eight, packed artistic training modules, delivered instantly to your computer, tablet device or Smart Phone through professional video tuition.

Each module in the course has been carefully crafted to give you an extraordinary arsenal of drawing and painting techniques you can apply immediately to make your images dazzle. And don’t worry if you’re not naturally ‘artistic’ because we start with the very basics before leading you gently up to more advanced techniques.

Importantly, you can pause and rewind each lesson and watch them as many times as you like until you’ve mastered each technique. You have lifetime access. It’s the equivalent of working alongside an experienced instructor and being able to tap into their knowledge, 24/7.

Click on the headings below for an overview of what you’ll discover from each of our 8 extensive core training modules:

Module One: Introduction

Here's what's covered in this module:

  • Understand what Urban Sketching is
  • Understand the background and origin of Urban Sketching
  • Identify equipment you will use throughout the course
  • Get to know Artist Ian Fennelly
  • Much more!
Module Two: Architectural Sketch (click to open)
Here's what's covered in this module:

  • Understand how to simplify shapes
  • Understand scale and perspective
  • Identify equipment you will use throughout the course modules
  • Understand how to compose and frame a sketch
  • Much more!

Module Location

Ian's Sketch

Module Three: Rural Sketch (click to open)

Here's what's covered in this module:

  • Have an understanding of what a rural sketch is
  • Learn how to effectively use negative space
  • Understand tone
  • Learn about mark making and texture
  • Learn how to start a sketch using paint as your medium
  • Much more!

Module Location

Ian's Sketch

Module Four: On location: The Cross (click to open)

Here's what's covered in this module:

  • Understand how to deal with crowds on location
  • Learn how to set up effectively on location
  • Understand the problems faced with sketching on location
  • Learn how to make the most of ‘white space’ and use it to your advantage
  • Understand how to use local colour
  • Learn how to create depth in your sketches
  • Much more!

Module Location

Ian's Sketch

Module Five: On location: The Clock (click to open)

Here's what's covered in this module:

  • Understand and learn how to sketch intricate patterns and detail
  • Understand proportional structure and scale
  • Learn how to mix local colour with expressive colour
  • Be able to balance your composition
  • Create 3D effects with visual patterns
  • Much more!

Module Location

Ian's Sketch

Module Six: On location: The Bandstand (click to open)

Here's what's covered in this module:

  • Understand the importance of context and setting
  • Learn to sketch around a focal point
  • Understand how to control the elements in your sketch
  • Learn how to mix rural elements with man made
  • Understand how to utilize tones and hues
  • Much more!

Module Location

Ian's Sketch

Module Seven: On location: The Bridge (click to open)

Here's what's covered in this module:

  • Experiment with taking risks
  • Learn how to apply and draw with paint straight onto paper
  • Develop your personal and emotional connection with your urban sketch
  • Learn how to blend paints and colours
  • Learn how to evaluate your surroundings
  • Much more!

Module Location

Ian's Sketch

Module Eight: Self-Assignments (click to open)

Here's what's covered in this module:

module 8

  • Create your own textures
  • Go out on location independently
  • Sketch from household objects
  • Use light to create 3D objects
  • Much more!