Cityscapes: urban sketching techniques
The Cityscapes 2-day course takes inspiration from our Grade 2 listed textile mill and the surroundings heritage buildings of Ancoats. The course includes detailed instruction on 2-point perspective and the chance to develop an in-depth understanding of how to apply the theory to the challenges of drawing buildings on site. You will gain the knowledge and confidence to join any urban sketching group and learn creative urban sketching techniques to transform pencil sketches into engaging art works, both on site and back in the studio.
20 – 21 May 2017
Days: Sat + Sun
Time: 10 – 4pm
includes most materials
My courses are suitable for everyone. But why?
Mixed ability classes are dynamic and offer increased learning opportunities.
Beginners are inspired by working alongside more experienced learners.
Experienced learners build self confidence by sharing their knowledge and skills.
Streamed classes can put a ‘glass ceiling’ on your learning and limit your progression.
Adult learners bring a life time of skills and experience to the class. This can’t be streamed.
I believe in leaving the opportunity open for unexpected leaps of learning and creativity that can propel students beyond the narrow definitions of ‘beginner, intermediate or advanced’.
This is why – We draw. We learn. Have fun – together.
Essential items to bring
Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
Permanent ink Drawing pen, nib 0.8/1.0
Kneadable ‘putty’ rubber
Winsor & Newton, Medium Surface Cartridge Pad – A2, 220gsm -or-
Daler Rowney Fine Grain – heavy weight drawing pad – A2, 200gsm
Optional items to bring
Baby wipes (hand cleansing tissues)
Lightweight camping stool
Rag (old cloth) for smudging charcoal or paint when drawing
Wear old clothes or bring an apron
Pen and notebook for taking notes during the course
“1, 2 and 3 point perspective, great tips on how to employ this when sketching and drawing. Preparing surfaces, using collage to produce finished work.” Chris W
“It’s challenging, but lots of fun. Takes you out of your comfort zone. prepare to get messy!.”
“Fun, supportive. Good to develop existing skills. Tones, shapes, perspective. How to just be creative.”
“Amazed at the different interpretations of exactly the same lesson-and that leads to even more ideas.”
“Excellent. Really good ways of working. Friendly people on course, good motivational atmosphere.” Dawn M
” I have learned about perspective – this was very new to me – I will definitely use these principles in the future. Loved mixing colours and collage.” Jana W
Weekend Course: 10 – 4pm
Tutor: Brian Raymond
Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced, adults
Min 6 – Max 10
Course includes tea, coffee & biscuits. Please provide your own lunch on full day courses,workshops and classes.
Have a look at the Course gallery.
MATERIALS YOU WILL USE
Apart from your sketchbook and essential drawing materials, all the following are included as part of the course fee.
- Charcoal (compressed and willow)
- Chalk pastels
- Soft pencils
- Emulsion paint
- Acrylic paint
- watercolour paint
- All the equipment, brushes, etc you need
The following items are provided
Other materials: eg, acrylics, drawing ink, etc.
You will receive tuition in the following skills;
- 2-point perspective
- compositional techniques
- methods to help you draw complex and detailed buildings
- techniques to help you measure proportions and assess angles
- improve your observational skills
- use guidelines to improve your accuracy while drawing
You will be shown creative urban sketching techniques to bring your pencil sketches to life, such as;
- pencil and coloured crayons
- water soluble graphite
- pen and water colour wash
- mix media with collage, monoprint and body colour
Click the blue Materials to bring tab
to see what you need to bring.
The morning will start with a detailed instruction of 2-point perspective with further drawing in the studio to help you apply the theory to a practical drawing exercise. This practical application of perspective theory will be supported with further advice and guidance on the correct general approach to drawing, composition ideas, and other techniques to help you draw accurate and convincing buildings.
The afternoon will be spent (weather permitting) drawing local buildings in your sketchbooks using popular on-site urban sketching techniques to add colour and excitement to your sketches. All techniques I teach will be fully demonstrated.
The morning of day 2 will give you the chance to brush up on your 2-point perspective before going outdoors to make more drawings of local buildings and being introduced to more creative urban sketching techniques to bring your urban sketches to life.
The afternoon will be spent transforming one of your drawings into a mixed media art work using a variety of exciting techniques All techniques I teach will be fully demonstrated.
If the weather is not our friend, we can draw indoors as my studio is part of Hope Mill, our very own Grade 2 listed building, where there are many interesting features, angles and views to sketch and draw.
What can I expect
Part of the Be more Creative series of courses the Cityscape + Collage course is designed to support your ongoing development as an independent and confident artist. You will have the opportunity to learn a variety of techniques, processes, artistic best practice, all sprinkled with a dose of good old fashioned inspiration!
- Loads of individual 1:1 tuition, and teaching by demonstration and examples.
- Short Courses that will encourage your independence, self-confidence and creativity.
- Flexibility to explore your own ideas.
- Honest and supportive feedback through tutor-led and group ‘critiques’.
- Encouragement to take chances in a supportive and learning-led environment.