The Early Registration Deadline is Wednesday the 14th of Aug at 11:59 PM

Urban Sketching in Perspective

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

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.

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

    Strong fundamentals in traditional drawing, painting and sculpting are the foundations to create amazing artwork.

    This level is about solidifying the fundamentals, getting a refresher on the most important art principles, and learning tricks to create realistic drawing and paintings.

  • Language English


Section A) starts Saturday, October 5th and is once a week from 10 AM to 1 PM - English - Andre Pijet

Section B) starts Sunday, October 6th and is once a week from 1:45 PM to 4:45 PM - English - Andre Pijet

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).

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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
  • One small box of charcoal sticks (or 3 to 4 sticks of charcoal)

Optional but used in most classes :

  • White Bristol Vellum paper pad
  • Kraft paper 3 Pages

* - List subject to change, the official material list will be sent before the beginning of the term.

Course Outline

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.

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Syn Studio offers the highest quality education at the most affordable prices.

This is our most popular class and many sections fill up well before the deadline.

The Early Registration Deadline is 14th of Aug at 11:59 PM.

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