Rural Sketch Course


Discover Ian Fennelly’s easy-to-follow methods for sketching and painting stunning landscape scenes

E 72 Lessons    6 Workshops  j   Bonus Training


In a world of chaos, nothing beats the peace and tranquillity of sketching a landscape.

The fresh countryside air. The calm of a gentle stream. And the sound of birds chirping harmoniously as you capture the beauty of your surroundings. It's the ultimate form of relaxation.

In this remarkable new online course, you'll embark on an uplifting learning journey with Ian Fennelly. Together you'll explore the spectacular views of the British Lake District as Ian shares his finest secrets for crafting stunning landscape sketches.

You, The Landscape Artist!

Sketching a landscape demands a different set of skills to traditional urban sketching.

Instead of the strong perspective of a street and the straight lines of a building - you’re dealing with dynamic views that are punctuated by the complex shapes of trees, and the rugged outlines of rocks and sloping hills.

And this is one reason why so many beginners end up overwhelmed and disappointed with their results. Their landscapes lack the depth and contrast needed to produce a visually striking sketch.

Thankfully, sketching a beautiful landscape is a skill that anyone can learn. And in the Rural Sketch Course, Ian Fennelly has broken down his entire methodology into simple steps that you can follow - even if you’re a complete beginner.


Each of these 6 workshop locations have been hand-picked by Ian to build your skills and confidence and achieve astounding results quickly. Here's an overview of the six workshops you'll get instant access to when you take the Rural Sketch Course:

Workshop #1:

River Brathay

River Brathay

Your journey to landscape mastery begins in this first workshop, as you learn the art and craft of sketching trees.

You'll start by sketching out your landscape scene as Ian breaks down the entire process into simple shapes and lines before working into it, layer by layer.

As you progress through this workshop, you'll discover how to use to infuse your trees with personality and make them the focal point of your sketch. And you'll understand the specific shapes, and the thinking behind the choice and penwork techniques that force your trees to contrast sharply against the pale rolling background.

You'll learn how Ian creates relationships between trees, and how and why he uses white space to capture parts of the surrounding environment, from the mound to the middle ground.

You'll also learn how to manipulate scale which amplifies depth and emotion in even the most simplistic of scenes - resulting in a mesmerizing sketch you'll be proud of.

Workshop #2:

Great Langdale

Great Langdale

Workshop 2 shows you how to break down a landscape even further as Ian explains how to focus on trees in a different way. Capture this charming location with its curved structure, graphic gate, beautiful aged dry-stone wall, and mountain view.

This sketch focuses heavily on showing you how to create visual contrast using white space and tone and how to create a visual impact when working with structural and natural forms.

Workshop #3:

Little Langdale

Little Langdale

In workshop 3, you’ll be heading over to Little Langdale to draw an iconic cottage, whose formal sweeping garden contrasts wonderfully with the dramatic rugged hills and large variety of trees.

You'll discover how to challenge yourself with layers and how to make sense of space as you learn new ways to include and vary texture for different elements in a scene.

You also learn how to use tone, , and contrast to show off each element, including bushes, open spaces, tree lines, and the mountainous background.

Workshop #4:

White Cottage

White Cottage

In workshop 4, we head to another glorious cottage nestled in this beautiful rural scene with tonnes of visual interest.

The focus of this scene is to capture the tree in the foreground to structure the right-hand edge of the composition, taking you into the road, framed with the cottage as the backdrop helping to create strong lines to contrast against natural forms.

You'll also discover how to use shapes and textures to portray depth and space create impact and bring your sketch to life.

Workshop #5:

Layered Landscape

Layered Landscape

In Workshop 5, you’ll use all the skills you have learned so far to create the ultimate layered landscape, this workshop focuses on making sense and understanding the foreground, midground, and background and how to draw them all with equal attention to detail.

From strong-lined man-made elements such as a gate and dry-stone wall to focusing on the clear natural layers behind, this workshop will help you shape a layered landscape with a limited palette.

You will finish the sketch by drawing the all-important leaf and tree details to hold your picture together.

Workshop #6:

Birk Howe Farm

Birk Howe Farm

In your last workshop, you’ll take your landscape skills to the next step as you focus on a remote scene, it will show you how to capture structural fences, and gates, whilst also showing you how to attract focus to the field, rolling hills, and sweeping mountains in the background.

You’ll also explore the horizon line, different elevations, space, and scale and discover how to add foliage and plant life at the front of a scene.

About Your Instructor

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

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

In Rural Sketch Course, Ian peels back the curtain and reveals his layer-by-layer methodology for sketching stunning landscape scenes.


The secret of a mesmerizing landscape sketch lies in your ability to create depth, capture space, and force contrast. And Ian's step-by-step process enables you to achieve this with any landscape scene you choose to tackle. Here are some of the key components covered in these workshops:

Layering Mastery

Discover how Ian engineers depth by breaking his scene into layers, then applying forced contrast, singular scaling, and negative space. 

Pattern and Texture Techniques

Learn Ian’s multi-directional penwork techniques that can be used to quickly express anything; from the age of a tree and the texture of its bark, the surface of a stonewall, a weather-worn gate, and the rugged outline of a mountain. 

Structural Form Masterclass

Uncover Ian's simple process for creating magnetic relationships between natural subjects like trees, and man-made structures like buildings and walls. Done right this brings your entire scene to life.

Green Mixing Mastery

Discover lan's thinking behind landscape selection and learn how he chooses, mixes, and creates limitless shades of green - without using green!

Outdoor Composition Masterclass

Discover how Ian's picks the perfect focal point markers like trees, gates and dry stone walls to compose your scene, while attracting focus to the surrounding hills, mountains and forests.

Simplified Shrubbery

Learn Ian's counterintuitive and effective methods for fast-sketching leaves, foliage, bushes, wildflowers and weeds. You can apply these techniques to any sketch.

Contrast Coaching

Discover the specific shapes,  strength, and tonal values that Ian uses to create strong visual contrast between natural and man-made elements  - without overdoing it.

Pre-Sketch Training

For the first time, Ian goes into depth on how and why he creates a pre-sketch prior to each picture. You'll get one extended pre-sketch tutorial with each workshop.

discover Ian Fennelly landscape layering process

The Location

There was no better place for Ian to teach you his complete landscape sketching methodology than the British Lake District.

With its spectacular views of lush rolling hills, shimmering lakes, picturesque villages, and hushed mountains - the Lake District has been a hotbed of inspiration for artists and writers for centuries.

Beatrix Potter, John Constable, and William Wordsworth are just some of the many famous names who drew inspiration from the scenic beauty of the Lake District. Now it's your turn to join them as Ian guides you in how to sketch spectacular landscapes, from the comfort of home!

lake district

But that's not all...

You'll Also Get These Bonuses Absolutely FREE (Worth )

Free Bonus 1

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Green Mixing Tutorial

Along with this course, you'll receive a bonus Green Mixing Tutorial that has been designed by Ian specifically for landscape sketching.

You'll learn Ian's thinking behind selection and discover how to choose, mix and create unlimited shades of green - without using green from your palette!

Free Bonus 2

( Value)


Take a tour around Ian's finished sketchbook as he talks you through his completed sketches, discussing his thought process, outlines the differences between his sketches and reflects on creating these wonderful landscape scenes.

Free Bonus 3

( Value)


Buy this course and you'll also gain access to our thriving online feedback gallery.

This is a safe and private place where urban sketchers of all abilities can share their work without judgement - while getting positive, constructive feedback from supportive, like-minded sketchers who are all rooting for you!

There's no better place to learn, overcome challenges and build your confidence and skills than the Urban Sketch Feedback Gallery.

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No matter where you are in the world, there's a view that deserves to be sketched.

Whether that's the rugged mountains and sweeping vistas of the wilderness, or the charming trees at the bottom of your garden. By the end of this course, you'll possess the know-how and skills to simplify the complexity of any landscape scene and translate it into a beautiful sketch.

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You see, the Rural Sketch Course is not just another sketching course; it's an epic learning experience that results in a paradigm shift in how you approach, see, and ultimately sketch the essence and beauty of nature.

Hit the Buy button below to get instant, lifetime access to Ian Fennelly's most comprehensive training yet. We're positive this will be one of the most important investments you make in your artistic development.

You'll Get:

The complete Rural Sketch Course (6 Online Workshops)
✔ BONUS 1: Green Mixing Tutorial ( Value)
✔ BONUS 2: Sketchbook Tour: an insider's review of Ian Fennelly's sketchbook ( Value)
✔ BONUS 3: Free Access to our Urban Sketchers Feedback Gallery ( Value)
24/7 Lifetime Access (it never expires)
30-Day Money Back Guarantee



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How easy is this course for a complete beginner like me?

In the Rural Sketch Course Ian assumes no prior knowledge, skills or experience.

Starting with a blank page, he shows you how to simplify any 'complex' scene, and then build up a beautiful landscape sketch, layer-by-layer.

As you watch and follow-along with Ian, you'll be amazed at the speed and the results you achieve. And by the end of this course, you'll have the skills and confidence to tackle any landscape scene.

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Can I follow along with Ian while taking this course?

Yes. This is over-my-shoulder learning with Ian Fennelly.

Ian is an experienced and engaging teacher and has broken each workshop down into easy-to-follow stages. Within each of those stages he takes you through each step in the process, while explaining everything he is doing, slowly and methodically.

You can also slow down, pause, or speed up each tutorial to suit your own style of learning. And with lifetime access, you can watch the course over and over again.

What kind of landscapes will I be sketching during this course?

Ian has carefully selected simple views that cover a range of typical landscapes to develop and refine your skills. Including:

  • 2 Workshops focused on sketching trees and making them a focal point.
  • 2 Workshops with a different type of building nestled amongst the landscape.
  • 2 Workshops focused on how to make walls and gates the focal point of your sketch. 

Ian proves that you don't need to travel to the Scottish Highlands or Yellowstone National Park to find beautiful landscapes. They're already on your doorstep, when you know what to look for.

Do I get lifetime course access?

Yes, you'll get lifetime access to the course and all of the supporting downloads and resources that come with it. It never expires which means that you can you learn in your own time and at your own pace.

How easy is this online course to use?

Our learning platform is super simple to use. Each tutorial is delivered by video and requires nothing more than clicking the play button.


This is a big course. How long will it take me to get through?
The course is over 10 hours because you're getting a complete A-Z training course in sketching landscapes, from start to finish.

That's a lot of training!

However, each workshop is broken down into "bite-sized" lessons and you can watch the tutorials at up to 2x the speed, or slow them right down.

And as with all of our courses you get lifetime access. So, take your time and work through it at your own leisurely pace.


As outdoor sketchers, nature gives so much to us. So, we want to make a difference and give back to nature. For every course sold, we are donating 5% of the price to the International Tree Foundation who plant trees and bring forests back to life to help nature recover for people and planet. 

When you buy this course, you're not only learning new skills, but you're making a difference to our planet.

About International Tree Foundation

The International Tree Foundation was founded 100 years ago in Kenya to plant, protect and
promote trees to benefit people and planet. Today, they work across Africa, the UK and Ireland. They are dedicated to planting the right tree species in the right places because when tree planting is done properly, it transforms landscapes and lives.


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