Urban Sketching in Venice

03.05.2020 - 09.05.2020 Venice | IT Ian Fennelly urban, sketching, drawing, watercolor, watercolour 1599 EUR

Explore Venice with pen and watercolour. Professional urban sketcher Ian Fennelly will show you techniques and methods that help you to create your own lively and atmospheric sketches. Learn to find your own individual style and fill your sketchbook step by step. Inspired by the charm of the beautiful Venetian scenery you’ll be able to capture your favourite travel memories with brush and pen.

“A city of marble palaces built on a lagoon”. When one thinks of Venice, one thinks of romance, stone bridges, canals and waterways snaking their way through the city, breath-taking architecture, and most of all: art. How about creating your own art? Your very own work of art that will always remind you of a wonderful sketching holiday in a magnificent city. Capturing those magic moments through creativity.

Ian will teach you about the composition and the structure of the sketch, how to recognise clear perspective and how to train your eye to see what is important for your work, and reduce it to the essential elements. All of this and so much more will be taught and developed in many drawing and sketching sessions together. The course aims to deepen your skills in sketching, drawing and watercolouring, to exchange views, to capture atmospheric scenery of Venice, and to have fun.

Learning goals:

  • train the eye to see shapes, value and color in outdoor scenes
  • become comfortable sketching in public
  • learn to draw standing up
  • become an urban sketcher and start reaping the benefits of seeing the world in a new way



All the workshops and demonstrations will take place on the island of Venice. Ian will choose the most suitable and inspiring subjects to draw: from canals and bridges, to piazzas and palaces. Each session will cater for varying standards of ability and confidence, and you will be stimulated throughout the workshops by stories and little demo sketches to make the experience more rewarding and stimulating.

Accommodation: 

You will find hospitality in the beautifully built former monastery “Don Orione Artigianelli” that provides an atmosphere of ancient times and inspiration for your art as well as a quiet place in the city centre of Venice. Being located right behind the Gallerie dell’Accademia with direct overview on the Zattere quayside and on Guidecca Canal it is the perfect accommodation for anyone who is interested in art and capturing beautiful views!

For more photos of the former monastery see: https://www.donorione-venezia.it/home-en


Target group: (all levels) This course is meant to be for beginners as well as for  advanced learners.

Number of participants: 6-12


Where do we sketch/draw? 

We will draw and sketch mainly outside en plein air, so you should not mind walking longer distances on foot. Nevertheless, if the weather is bad we usually have access to the studio inside the monastery, where we can draw and sketch, too.


Urban Sketching in Venice
Ian Fennelly