Urban Sketching

A sketch is a quick drawing that depicts an image or an idea, and that sometimes is only readable by the author. The sketching technique considers the main lines of a drawing, so for an educated eye, this operation is usually performed in a short time.

In this course we will work around illustration in the urban environment, learning to focus our attention on an interesting thing (a building, cityscape, group of people or a particular detail) and translate it into a notebook by means of a quick drawing. We will combine drawing with typography (text), and we will review the basics of color with watercolors. We may also experiment with different mapping techniques to see what results we get, and how we can strengthen the result of our work exploiting the potential of each of these techniques (dry, wet and mixed).

One of the possibilities offered by our environment is to use it as if it was a live model, grasping instantly what we want to retain in a notebook. When you draw something you make it more personal, more of your own. When you spend some time observing something, it finally shows the substance of what you want to capture, you enjoy from the first moment you start to watch, as if you already knew in advance that it was going to be part of your notebook.

The urban design lets you take the time you want to anything that may catch your attention. You can capture simple moments of the things happening around you, such as the waiting time in a health care room, which suddenly turns this instant into a pleasant moment in which time flows differently. A lot of sketchers enjoy their daily routine capturing certain moments of their life in a notebook, building an illustrated chronicle. Some artists’ sketchbooks have now become valuable art objects.


Every day we will visit a different route through the city to get the most out of each session. We will start at the meeting point, where we will receive the first instructions by the instructor during a period of approximately 15/20 minutes. Little by little the student will recognise an improvement in his/her sketches as the workshop progresses.


  • A minimum of 8 students is required to run this workshop.
  • Places will be assigned under a strict order of registration.
  • Maximum of 20 students.


6-10 April, 2020







Students will need:

  • watercolours
  • calibrated tip pen 0.1 (p. eg., Uni Pin)
  • sketchbook
  • Professors
  • Prices
  • Registrations


6-10 April, 2020

  • 30 hours


  • Applications are only accepted online [forms on the websites of each course].
  • Places will be assigned following a strict order of received applications.
  • When the groups are full, extra applications received will be part of the reservation list.

Payment method

  • Once a student is admitted, he/she will be asked to confirm his/her place with a non- refundable deposit (via bank transfer) equivalent to 10% of the total course amount.
  • The rest of the registration fee should be paid on the dates indicated in the enrolment confirmation email.
  • Should the student fails to pay the corresponding amount on the dates indicated, his/her place will automatically be available for a student in the waiting list.

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