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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.

Suitable for all abilities.  Everyone is welcome.
Sat + Sun weekend course


Key Information


7 – 8 October 2017

Days: Sat + Sun
10 – 4pm


includes most materials

7 places remain
  • 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
    Drawing paper:
      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

  • Diaries from previous courses

  • “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!.”
    Helen J

    “Fun, supportive. Good to develop existing skills. Tones, shapes, perspective. How to just be creative.”
    Tracey M

    “Amazed at the different interpretations of exactly the same lesson-and that leads to even more ideas.”
    Meg K

    “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

    Group Size
    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.

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    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
    • Newsprint

    The following items are provided
    Drawing boards
    Masking tape
    Bulldog clips
    Newsprint paper
    Other materials: eg, acrylics, drawing ink, etc.

Course structure

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.

Day 1
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.

Day 2
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.


“Fun, supportive. Good to develop existing skills. Tones, shapes, perspective. How to just be creative.”
Tracey M

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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. 

pinterest_badge_redxLooking for more inspiration? Visit my Pinterest board to see many of the images I talk about when teaching this course. Why not follow me on Pinterest!

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  1. Tasha Hall
    30 June 2016 @ 2:27 pm

    I am interested in doing the Cityscapes: urban sketching techniques course. Are there any instalment options in order for me to pay for the course?
    This would help me greatly.
    Thank you


    • artfulantics
      30 June 2016 @ 3:37 pm

      Hi Tasha
      Unfortunately there are no installment options, but I am happy to keep an eye on bookings for you and email you when the last 2 places remain. This will give you more time to save up yourself and have the funds available while still being sure to get a place on the course. Please email me direct if you would like me to do this for you. My email address is on the ‘contact me’ page. Hope this helps.
      Regards, Brian


  2. Lynne Edwards
    13 June 2016 @ 12:59 pm

    Can you tell me please when the next ‘Cityscapes: urban sketching techniques’ course will run?




    • artfulantics
      14 June 2016 @ 8:26 pm

      Hi Lynne
      The next course will run on 22-23 October. It is now available for booking. If you have any questions please email me directly if you wish.


  3. Amy McCall
    3 August 2015 @ 9:10 am

    Hi Brian,
    I am interested in joining one of your courses. At the minute the one which is appealing to me most is Cityscapes & collages. I was wondering when the course runs and also how much it costs?

    Many thanks,



    • artfulantics
      4 August 2015 @ 11:04 am

      Hi Amy
      The next course is on 21 – 22 November and costs £115 which includes most of the materials you will use.
      Hope this helps. Feel free to ask any more questions.


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