Urban Sketching in Perspective

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Urban Sketching

    Teacher Information

    Michael Solovyev is an art director, illustrator, fine art painter and designer of architecture, theater sets and costumes. He has 12 years of professional experience, has won numerous awards and his fine artwork is featured in public and private collections in 10 different countries. For nearly a decade he’s been transmitting his classical European art education to up-and-coming artists through teaching engagements in Canada and in his native Russia.

    Course Outline

    In this course, you will learn a step-by-step approach for drawing any urban scene in perspective from life, photo reference or imagination. Classes generally begin with a quick explanation and demonstration followed by exercises in the studio and "in the field" with guidance and one-on-one feedback and correction from the instructor.

    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.


    Sunday from 3 PM to 6 PM

    Date of first class: January 20th

    Duration: 10 weeks

    Language: English

    You can register at the bottom-left of this page.



    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.


    This class is a level 2, or intermediate class. Drawing from Life 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 will use many visual examples and there will usually be students in the class who speak French and can help you if you don't understand something).


    Due to popular demand, we expect this class to fill up very fast! $470  $430

    Late registration still available for this class if there is a "Register Now" button below.


    • Become proficient in one of the most important skills in visual arts: drawing in perspective!
    • Understand the 5 most common mistakes which make your drawings look less realistic and learn how to avoid them
    • Acquire a step-by-step method for analyzing any urban scene or constructing your own realistic and well-rendered objects and environments

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