Urban sketching.- Part One

Fun course to introduce anyone to an 'urban sketching' style of drawing & colouring on the go. FAST and FUN, simple tips

This type of 'pen and wash' drawing and painting, is a simple way to get ideas, memories and other little illustrations down in a sketchbook, quickly and in a fun style. This playful approach gives you a 'feel good' factor with no expectations. It is NOT a learn how to draw and paint course.

If the thought of learning to paint with watercolour paints is overwhelming, this could be a way to break you in gently, to see how you like working with this medium in a relaxed way.

This course can be taken on THREE levels.

  1. Learn how to sketch quickly without the constraints of any rules. Here you are not aiming for a realistic representation, or a painting style, you are just aiming to create fun images of what you see around you, quickly.
  2. It can really help those of you who overthink your painting, it will help you with drawing decision making.
  3. It is also great for the budding painter to practise and to get into the habit of keeping a sketchbook for gathering information in preparation for painting watercolour pictures.

Here I simply give you a 'how to get started' approach.' It is a simple and brief course for you to take what you want to make holiday memories or perhaps illustrating thoughts through a challenging period in life in your journal. Or better still to spur you on to learn to paint with watercolours in a more traditional style and start painting pictures

It is a stand alone art form, do with it as you will but most of all have fun.

Love Nicola

PS PLEASE always read the lecture descriptions.


Your Instructor


Nicola Blakemore
Nicola Blakemore

Why choose one of my courses?

Because, as a self taught artist I understand how a lot of people feel about their creative work, sometimes anxious, sometimes overwhelmed and often that it's not 'good enough'.

Well, I will hold your hand as you overcome these fears as I offer a friendly, relaxed and sensitive teaching style which will have you feeling as if you standing next to me looking over my shoulder.

Here's a bit about me.

I originally trained as a graphic artist, and then followed a different career path working in the national media, travel and public relations in both London and Paris.

After sometime I returned to my creative roots full time, so to speak, and became a full time artist, teacher and creative entrepreneur.

The artist bit means I have worked in a variety of media, but am currently splashing about with watercolours. I love the magic they make when the pigments play with the water. And if you let them do their own thing, it's even better.

I have also painted murals in a child's bedroom or around a swimming pool, covering everything from fairies to Tuscan views. Painted furniture with decorative effects and designs and given walls specialist paint effects and stencils. All fun stuff for the discerning home owner

The teaching bit involved me teaching a 'Decorative Paint Effects' section of an interior design certificate course at Kidderminster College, Worcestershire, UK. Here they studied paint effects for walls and furniture, designing and cutting stencils, Period design elements and produced sample boards.

Then continuing the theme of teaching I have also tutored on many private workshops in the above subjects plus decoupage, gilding and trompe l'oeil (trick the eye painting).

Now, installed in the south of France I continue with all of the above but adding on-line courses to my creative portfolio. Flexibility is the name of the game in today's world


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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