Cityscapes: urban sketching techniques


Cityscapes: urban sketching techniques.  Benefit from 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, along with a variety of creative techniques.

Buildings form the backdrop to every urban sketching experience and this course will give you the skills and confidence to join any urban sketching group.  You will learn creative urban sketching techniques to transform pencil sketches into engaging art works, both on site and back in the studio.  Urban sketching inspiration comes from our Grade 2 listed textile mill and the surroundings heritage buildings of Ancoats.

Suitable for: Beginners, improvers and intermediate artists.
Everyone is welcome.
Sat + Sun weekend course



includes most materials

Day: Sat + Sun
Time: 10 – 4pm
Tutor: Brian Raymond

15 – 16 Sept 2018

4 places remaining

25-26 May 2019

Places available
  • Essential items to bring

    1. Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
    2. Plastic erasor
    3. Kneadable ‘putty’ rubber
    4. Drawing pen
      permanent ink or pigment
      nib size – 0.8 – 1.0
    5. Drawing pen
      gel writing pen or water soluble ink
      nib size – 0.6 – 1.0
    6. Camping stool or lightweight folding chair
    7. Very warm clothing, waterproof jacket
    8. Drawing paper
      choose either;
    • Daler Rowney: A3 size
      Fine Grain heavy weight drawing pad
    • Winsor + Newton: A3 size
      Medium Surface cartridge pad

    Optional items to bring
    Pentel Aquash water brush – assorted tips (pk of 3)
    Baby wipes (hand cleansing tissues)
    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

  • 2-day weekend:
    Sat: 10 – 4pm
    Sun: 10 – 4pm

    Brian Raymond

    Beginner, improver, intermediate, adults

    Group Size
    Min 6 – Max 10

    Course includes tea, coffee & biscuits. Please provide your own lunch on full day courses,workshops and classes.

  • Diaries from all previous courses


What can I expect

Structured learning
The course is well balanced between perspective theory, putting this into practice, drawing outdoors on-site and creative studio techniques giving a varied and developmental approach over the 2 days.

Individual attention
I teach with loads of individual 1:1 tuition with demonstrations and practical guidance.  I will always be on hand to help and support to ensure you continue to grow and develop during the weekend.

Creativity and technical skills
There is quite a lot of perspective theory on this course which is balanced with plenty of time to be creative, complete on-site drawings, and perhaps try new materials and techniques.

Extra Session
Book yourself onto the PAYG Creative Saturday  sessions to give yourself  the extra time that so many students ask for after completing this course.  Extra studio time with the usual 1:1 support and guidance from an experienced tutor will help you put into practice everything you have learnt.

Discount Details available here.


Choose this course if you’re inspired by the urban sketching phenomenon and wish to get out and about drawing buildings around your town or city.


“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


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 green 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.


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

Choosing the right course

Courses are grouped into 4 strands, each with a different focus. 
Create your own patchwork of courses depending on your interest and availability. 
There is no specific starting point.

 Core | Materials | Creativity | Independence


Fundamental building blocks applicable to all art styles


Materials + techniques to fall in love with


Stand out – learn to develop a strong artistic voice.


Ongoing development away from formal courses

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  1. Joanna Sanderson
    2 June 2018 @ 9:00 am


    I’m interested in this course and would like to know what dates you’re thinking of offering please?

    Best wishes,



    • artfulantics
      2 June 2018 @ 9:44 am

      Hi Joanna
      Thank you for contacting me. I have not set the new dates yet, but I know I will be running the course again in early Autumn. I’ll email you when I have the dates available. Hope this helps. Kind regards, Brian


  2. 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


  3. 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.


  4. 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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