Urban Sketching in Perspective

A 10-week course where you learn to sketch urban architecture in proper perspective

Student Artwork

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Teacher Artwork by Michael Solovyev

Urban Sketching in Perspective

Do you ever have trouble drawing with proper perspective? Are you unable to quickly and accurately sketch an urban scene? Drawing in perspective is one of the most fundamental skills for a visual artist. In this course, you will learn to believably depict architectural objects in perspective, both in the classroom and in different, interesting, locations around the city.

The perspective, constructive drawing, rendering and architectural sketching skills you will learn in this class are absolutely essential for aspiring concept artists, comic book artist, illustrators, architects, industrial and transport designers.

By the end of this class, you will understand how to draw with proper perspective and capture an urban scene, showcasing interesting, well-rendered architecture and accurately projected shadows. You will have several finished pieces for your portfolio and a solid foundation for reaching a professional level of drawing.

  • Course Type Traditional Drawing Courses
  • Duration 10 weeks
  • Skill Level Level 1
  • Language English


Sundays from 10 AM to 1 PM

Date of first class: January 19

Duration: 10 weeks


Foundations of Drawing or equivalent experience (having a foundation in the basics of realistic drawing, such as basic perspective, proportion and shading) is required.

Language requirements: You need at least intermediate level English to take this class (the teacher is bilingual and can explain concepts and give feedback in both languages).


Required Materials

Urban Sketching in Perspective - Andre Pijet

  • pencils: 1 H4, 1 HB, 1B4
  • 1 sketchbook - BOND white & mat paper (18 x 24 inches) (no glossy finish and no newsprint paper)
  • White and black pencil KOH-I-NOOR (recommended) or prismacolor (optional)
  • Kneadable special cleaning rubber
  • White eraser (Stadler or other company)
  • Sharpener

Optional but used in most classes :

  • White Bristol Vellum paper pad
  • Kraft paper 3 Pages

Course Outline

*Please note that this outline is from the last time we held this class and we may make some updates and improvements for the coming term.

Week 1 - Learn the basics of 3 point perspective and modelling 3D objects.

Week 2 - Understand how to quickly determine the correct proportions for objects in an urban scene.

Week 3 - Become proficient in constructing and modelling simple objects.

Week 4 - Learn how to properly create and depict light and shadow on composite geometrical forms.

Week 5 - Gain a step-by-step approach for analyzing and drawing architecture.

Week 6 - Develop your architectural drawing skills in the field at an interesting location in Old Montreal

Week 7 - Become proficient working with light and shadow in an urban environment.

Week 8 - Apply everything you've learned to do justice to a classic Montreal location during another urban sketching field trip.

Week 9 - Learn to apply perspective distortion and begin your final project.

Week 10 - Understand how to convincingly add street lamps and other light sources as you complete your final project.

Check out the entire outline

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