Urban Sketching

$330 usd
+ available add-ons
Sat Apr 2, 10:00 AM - Sat May 21, 1:00 PM (PDT)
Pacific Northwest College of Art, 511 NW Broadway, Portland, OR, USA  

Urban Sketching with Rita Sabler

NOTE: This course will be held in person. All students, staff and faculty must be fully vaccinated before they can enter the building. Please bring proof of vaccination with you.

View the Syllabus here.

This course will give you the necessary tools and techniques to develop a lifelong passion for drawing on location and telling stories using your sketches. Urban Sketchers is the international community of artists who show their world one drawing at a time and share their work online through blogs and social media channels.

This course will cultivate the ability to draw quickly and from direct observation, pulling inspiration from daily experiences, combining words and illustrations to create vivid, funny and memorable snapshots of everyday life. Additionally, we will turn our attention to architecture and street scenes using rules of perspective to draw indoors and outdoors using expressive, fluid, and confident ink lines, and bringing our stories and characters to life with the help of watercolor. Finally, we will work on building a successful visual story by selecting, framing and designing it on the pages of our sketchbooks.

Prerequisite: None


Pentel Water brush

Portable watercolor kit

Black ink pens with waterproof ink of various thicknesses (0.1, 0.2, 0.5)

Black markers or black ink brush pens

Graphite Pencil

Colored pencils

Sketchbook that easily fits in your backpack, preferably landscape format; at least 7” on one of the sides

Loose sheets of paper or cheap sketchbook for exercises

Portable stool

Rita Sabler

CE Faculty
Pacific Northwest College of Art, 511 NW Broadway, Portland, OR, USA
Age Groups