Urban Sketch Course Reviews

Read what beginner and professional urban sketchers are saying about Urban Sketch Course.

All comments, testimonials and reviews below are from past and present Urban Sketch Course students and have been verified by impartial review services including TrustPilot

“Very engaging and fun and thorough. The course shows clearly how Ian draws and paints, following a logical sequence and being specific about materials used. The hints and tips he mentions in the videos of him drawing and painting on location are really useful and often amusing. I am inspired to try these techniques for myself!”

Jane Jackson

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“SO GOOD! Loving this course! I feel like there is so much valuable information to take in, and I plan on walking through it numerous times over my artistic “journey”. Ian’s style and approach is very helpful and inspiring. Please do more courses like this!”

Josh Docksteader

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“Loved the course – so well put together and Ian Fennelly was a wonderful teacher. Also loved the music, made me feel as tho I was there! When I signed up for this course I had no idea it would cover so much and am so thankful I have a chance to study with Ian as there is no way I could travel to one of his workshops since I am eighty one years of age. Thank you so much!!!!!”

Ann Hurt

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“Urban sketching at its best! Brilliant course …although I had some technical problems at the beginning they were solved very efficiently thanks to the IT team. I like very much Ian’s approach to teaching, very down to earth. He gives us practical advice on how to cope with the outdoor environment and his work is outstanding. Once the course is over… you really want to have a go at urban sketching!”

Agnès McLaughlin

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Patty Edge

This course is brilliant and excellent value for money. Ian really explains his method and thinking. It is not just a follow and do this… you understand the process and can apply it yourself. I am a third of the way through and am already experimenting myself. Highly recommend this course!

“New inspiration, techniques, skills and a lot of fun. It is a great value and a lot of fun. Ian gives a lot of information and it is really nice to see step by step the construction of the painting.

“I received great inspiration and ideas to change my standard way of sketching. I am happy to joined the course and recommend it to beginners and also to experienced artists.

Susanne Kind

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“I have watched two modules so far. Very inspiring. Love Ian’s work (and accent!).”

Isabelle Cmt

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“I like the idea to be able to watch these videos over and over. There is a lot to learn but I learnt a lot about Ian’s style. Merci !”

Suzanne Labrecque

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“The more I watched and listened the more Ian’s way of painting made sense. I noticed that it seemed to make the layering of information more consistent and the line work complemented the washes instead of the other way around. I really enjoyed the course. Now I have to put it to use. Glad I signed up.”

Richard Hall

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“Five stars for Ian Fennelly’s course so far after only completing module 1. Really enjoying this top notch training.”

Ros Jenke

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“Love it! Excellent quality course and fantastic customer service. Can’t recommend enough. Thanks”


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“I am very happy with the course. The customer service has been outstanding, always helpful and replying to messages. The course content is well organized, easy to follow. I achieved the goal of learning how to paint following Ian Fennelly’s style. I am very happy with the course! I have still have some lessons to go and very excited to continue learning.”


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Mary Riley

I’ve been an artist all my life but was hopeless at buildings and streets until I found Ian’s wonderful work and this course while researching urban sketching. I’m halfway through and highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn this fabulous art form. Thanks so much Ian for sharing your talent!

“Excellent content with a very unique approach, and the course is in depth and INCREDIBLE value. Ian’s approach and style is energetic and very unique. I’ve been a big fan of Ian’s work for a few years. When I read the content description I braced myself for a much bigger cost than what this is. I’ve purchased and completed similar courses by several other urban sketchers and sketch artists on other online systems, and this one is as good as any of them, and better than most.”


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“Exceptional Online Urban Sketching Course. I am a seasoned sketcher who has been following Ian Fennelly for sometime so jumped at the opportunity to sign up for his online course. The course is well thought out and organized in a manner to keep you focused. Ian does some detailed rural and urban demonstrations which are broken down into steps. He talks about his process in each step. The good thing about online courses is you can go back and review the demonstrations. The platform is exceptional. Easy to navigate. This course suits beginners and experienced sketchers. Great value!”

Carmel Campbell, Australia

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“I’m impressed. Ian Fennelly is obviously a very talented artist with a very unique Urban Sketching style. His relaxed instructional approach fills me with confidence that I will be able to produce acceptable work. I particularly like the way he explains his approach, from the point of view of architectural issues and artistic points of view. So far an excellent course. Onwards and upwards!”

Robert Knotts, UK

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“Excellent Very well presented, full of information and exactly what I needed to express myself with pen and paper.”


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“Just a big thanks for the Urban Sketch Course with Ian Fennelly. I am an experienced sketcher living in Australia. I have always wanted to do a workshop with Ian Fennelly. This is better than a live workshop as you have the opportunity to go back to look and listen again. I also like the format with the test for each module. Keeps you focused and accountable. A super platform for online courses. Thanks again.”

Urban Sketch Student feedback

“Ian is not only an outstanding artist but he teaches in a way you can easily understand. He also has a great sense of humour! If you’re serious about learning urban sketching this is the place.”

Mary Riley

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