Are you overwhelmed when you attempt to sketch a complex building?

This 10 week masterclass has been designed to empower you to tackle sketching any building with confidence by

  • learning to see buildings in terms of volumes, in a way that will make them much easier to sketch
  • developing a structured way of working which will mean no building is too hard for you to draw
  • using a value-based way of applying colour that will make your building sketches lively



We are going to be working through the lessons together as a group. Click here to find out more about the Group Run-through.



This is a great chance to work through the lessons with a group of supportive sketchers from around the world. Liz will be active in the classroom during the Group Run-through and will be adding bonus videos to the lessons.


There will be lots of bonus material added to the course during the Group Run-through including a basic perspective lesson.


      Enroll Buildings (Self Directed) Course $179USD


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The secret to sketching any building is to use a constructing volumes approach and work systematically from the big elements to the details. Having the ability to see a complex building in terms of its underlying volumes and then the elements that are added to and subtracted from it, will enable you to sketch any building with confidence regardless of its style.

  • 4 in-depth lessons (recommended time for each is 2 weeks)
  • 2 in-depth reviews of selected students work
  • 9 hours of video – 22 different demonstrations
  • over 100 pages of downloadable content
  • private classroom for sharing work and discussions with others
  • lifetime access to all course content and any further updates
  • self-directed course – start at any time and work at your own pace
  • full transcripts for all video lessons



Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for people with some drawing experience who want to improve their sketching of architecture.

  • If you are a beginner, I recommend that you work through my Foundations course first.
  • If you are a seasoned sketcher, there will be plenty of content for you – in particular I will be sharing ways to speed up your architecture sketching.
  • If you are an architect or an architectural student, this course will open up your visual thinking to new ways of sketching buildings.

As this is a concept drawing course it is suitable for any way of working – whether carefully and deliberately or faster and looser.

NOTE: This is not a watercolour technique class. However with my predominant use of ink and wash you will pick up a lot of tips along the way.


Why is this course special?

  • one essential concept per lesson, each lesson building on the previous
  • in-depth content – the concepts are clearly explained and then applied
  • specific assignments each lesson designed to explain the concept
  • quality video demonstrations of indoor and out on location sketches
  • indoor and outdoor exercises each lesson so you have a chance to really understand the principles before going out on location

I want to share all my tricks for sketching buildings which combine 20 years experience as an architect with the obsessive sketching that has filled over 150 sketchbooks.



How will the course work?

  • The course will be run through a private specially designed classroom site for all lessons, sharing of homework and discussions
  • This is a self-directed course with all lessons available on registration
  • Lifetime access to course and all future updates


Work at your own pace

  • This course contains 4 in-depth lessons and 2 detailed review sessions that you can work through at your own pace. Note: it is recommended that you take 2 weeks for each lesson and 1 week for each review session.
  • All lessons are available at registration, meaning that you can review them all initially before beginning the assignments.


What each lesson contains

1. In-depth instruction with optional downloadable pdf of the whole lesson.
Each lesson contains a single concept that will be

  • Clearly explained with notated diagrams
  • Demonstrated by a specific exercise
  • High-quality video demonstrations in the studio or out on location
  • Applied and expanded upon by use of examples from my sketchbooks over the years – from simple applications to more complex (perfect for the ‘seasoned sketchers’!)
  • Two assignments. One exercise based on photo reference and one outdoors: applying the concept to a more complex scene

2. Additional tips and FAQ
Although this is a self-directed course, each lesson includes additional tips and frequently asked questions for each lesson. These consist mainly of the feedback that was given during the first run of the course and address common queries and trends that come up from the lesson’s exercises.


Course Outline

  1. Seeing buildings in edges, shapes and volumes
    (building on the Foundations concepts)
  2. Constructing Volumes – adding and subtracting elements, thicknesses and depths
  3. Working in a structured way
  4. Mapping light and dark when sketching architecture

Please note: The focus of this course is to understand buildings in a visual way. A solid grounding in these fundamental skills will enable you to understand and use perspective much more easily, and to draw buildings in the context of more complex street scenes and public spaces. So for this course we will be focusing primarily on studying isolated buildings. I have plans for doing dedicated courses on perspective and sketching street scenes in the future.


A bonus basic perspective lesson will be added to the course as part of the 2020 Buildings Group Run-through.



Full listing is available on registration.

Basic requirements:

  • a medium to hard pencil (HB-2H)
  • a fine pen – such as a 0.3 fineliner or fountain pen (EF or F nib) with permanent ink if you plan to add watercolour washes over the top
  • some form of colour (watercolour pencils or watercolour paint or coloured pencils or markers)
  • paper suitable for your choice of medium

You could also do this course using your iPad (or other tablet) if you are more comfortable sketching digitally. Any instruction will be focus on architecture sketching techniques rather than tips for using the device/app.



      Enroll Buildings (Self Directed) Course $179USD

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