Port Sunlight 1-Day Sketching Workshop


1 day   l Live Workshop  Port Sunlight, UK

August 3rd, 2023

You are invited to join Ian Fennelly and the Urban Sketch team for a packed day of sketching and learning in the beautiful village of Port Sunlight.

During this special sketching workshop Ian will teach a single day on-location workshop to a small group of 15 participants. Together, you will sketch remarkable black & white architecture, stunning medieval buildings, incredible homes, and discover plenty of fascinating history along the way!

Your Location

Port Sunlight is an urban sketchers paradise. A truly beautiful village packed with history and character. Fascinatingly, each block of buildings in the village was designed by a different architect, which is why it contains some of the most exciting and diverse village architecture of 19th century England.

Port Sunlight itself was originally built as a home for workers at the nearby Lever Brothers factory (now known as Unilever) and named after their best selling product at the time, Sunlight Soap, the world’s first packaged and branded soap!

Ian Fennelly. Chester Cross Urban Sketch art


Your personal instructor for the week is Ian Fennelly.

Throughout this special workshop Ian will be there to teach you his methods, while helping, inspiring, and encouraging you to stretch your skills and develop your own unique style of sketching.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist, everyone is welcome. This is a unique opportunity to work side-by-side with one of the world’s most revered urban sketchers and sought after teachers.

Chester Bandstand by Ian Fennelly
Workshop with Urban Sketch Course

Sketch Port Sunlight with Ian Fennelly

We’re thrilled to present this unique opportunity to join Ian Fennelly and the Urban Sketch team for a 1-day sketching workshop in the beautiful village of Port Sunlight.


LOCATION: Port Sunlight, England
DATE: 3rd August 2023
LEVEL: Beginner’s to Advanced

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How to get there?

Via Car – Port Sunlight is accessible from the A55, M53 and M56. By road London is approximately 180 miles, Cardiff 150 miles, Birmingham 90 miles, Manchester 40 miles, Liverpool 15 miles, Edinburgh 230 miles, Bath 165 miles and Southampton 220 miles.

Via Train – Port Sunlight train station is easily accessible along the Merseyrail line. You can enter it from Chester or Liverpool train stations.

Via Airplane – Manchester or Liverpool airport are the closest to Port Sunlight and transfer time is around 45-60mins. Both airports provide national and international flights.


I’m a beginner, is this trip for me?

Yes. Ian will assume no prior experience and will take you carefully through each of the steps in his process as he is doing it – from blank page to the shapes and colors he uses, through to finished artwork.

What do I need to bring with me?

We recommend that you bring with you an A3 Sketchbook, your watercolour paints and brushes, a small pot for water, brush pens and fine liners, a small chair to sit on, drinking water, sunscreen and a raincoat (it is the UK after all!) and your best sketching attitude!

For a full materials list, take a look here.

Will we be drawing and painting on location?

Yes. This is authentic urban sketching and Ian will be taking you through all of the steps while we’re there on-location; from blank page to sketching everything out, to applying the paint and fineliner detail work, there and then. There will also be lots of opportunities and a special area back at the hotel to finish and refine your work should you wish to.

What’s the difference between this Sketching and just doing an online course?

Firstly, while our online courses are a wonderful way to learn urban sketching, truthfully, nothing can replicate the experience, knowledge, and sheer pleasure you will gain from sketching live on location with Ian Fennelly.

Secondly, there is a vast difference between watching and learning from Ian through online tutorials, and actually being there on location, learning and sketching alongside him.

You see, urban sketching is not only about the lines you put on your paper, but about developing and refining the skill of thinking, working, and responding to your environment in real-time. And that can’t be developed through sketching from photos. But this is where Ian excels and it’s this level of detail and expertise that you are getting through being there on-location with Ian Fennelly.

Finally, Ian is not only one of the most respected urban sketcher’s in the world, but he’s also a trained and highly experienced teacher who will be there each day to personally help you to improve on those areas you might be struggling with. The value of having him there to personally guide and coach you is far beyond what you can gain through any online course.

And of course, along with this, you are getting a highly enjoyable week’s experience with a group of fellow sketching enthusiasts! Not only will you make wonderful art together, but you’ll make some special friendships too.

Anything else I should consider?

We strongly recommend that you have a good travel and medical insurance policy in place to cover you in the event you must cancel your trip and any emergency medical services you might need while travelling in a foreign country. Fennelly Art Ltd and Urban Sketch Course cannot be held responsible for any accident/loss or injury incurred during the course of the trip.

What is your cancellation policy?

The cost of the trip is non-refundable once booked and paid for. In the unlikely event this trip is cancelled you will be issued with a 100% refund. If you are unable to join the event after booking, we will attempt to resell your place on your behalf. A refund will only be issued if we manage to successfully resell your place.

Who do I contact with any questions about the trip?

Contact our support team at anytime on support@urbansketchcourse.com. We will be delighted to help you.

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Secure Your Place

Places are limited to just 15 participants. Secure your place today and join us on this Urban Sketching of a lifetime in the fascinating village of Port Sunlight. It’s a chance to learn new skills, meet new people, make wonderful art, and create special memories that last forever.

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Join us on a fabulous Sketching with Ian Fennelly