San Antonio Sketching Workshop with Ian Fennelly

NEW DATES: November 18-22, 2020 

Feed your creative soul with a sketching workshop in sunny San Antonio, Texas taught by UK Urban Sketcher, Ian Fennelly. We will explore the Alamo, the San Jose Mission, a local art village and cruise the San Antonio River under sunny skies. The average temperature in November is a high of 72F (22C) in the day and a low of 50F (10C) at night.

Arrive Tuesday Nov 17

Workshop participants who arrive early are invited to meet in the hotel lobby at 2:00 for a warm up sketch (optional). All tour participants are invited to a welcome reception at 6pm. 

Day 1 River Boat Tour + La Villita Historic Arts Village

Wed Nov 18 

Tour participants will enjoy a 1 hour narrated boat tour along the narrow San Antonio River. Afterwards, Ian will teach Workshop #1: Layers of Looking near the hotel in the La Villita Historic Arts Village.

Day 2 Bus Tour Orientation + The King William Historic District

Thurs Nov 19

After a delicious breakfast in our hotel, tour participants will take the Hop on Hop Off (HOHO) Bus on a guided tour of downtown San Antonio. Today we will explore the King William Historic District where Workshop #2: Living and Loving the Space You Are In will be held.  

Day 3 San Fernando Cathedral + Governor's Palace

Fri Nov 20

After breakfast, participants will visit the Spanish Governor's Palace and the San Fernando Cathedral. Workshop #3: Colouring What you See will be held at a location nearby.

Day 4 The Alamo 

Sat Nov 21

Tour participants will walk to the Alamo and enjoy a brief guided tour (included). Workshop #4: Sketching Stories will be held nearby.

Day 5 Full Day Excursion to Mission San Jose

Sun Nov 22

Mission San Jose was built in 1720 and is the biggest of all the missions surrounding San Antonio. We will arrive by private coach and enjoy a tour. Workshop #5: The Hand, the Eye and the Heart will be held on site. After our workshop we will enjoy a farewell dinner (included).


Mon Nov 23

It's time to say goodbye but you will never forget the friends you made or the skills you learned during this great week! Or extend your stay for a long relaxing holiday!  

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Tour Includes

  • A welcome reception
  • All art classes
  • narrated boat tour
  • Admission to the Governor's Palace
  • 1 day Hop on Hop off Bus pass
  • Admission to the Alamo + guided tour
  • Full-day excursion to a San Jose Mission via coach 
  • Farewell dinner

Tour Excludes

  • Flights to/from San Antonio
  • Hotel
  • San Antonio airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Meals (except those listed above)
  • Painting supplies
  • City taxes payable by guest at check out
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Porterage/luggage handling
  • Travel insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Items not explicitly specified in the inclusion list

Cost in USD

USD$1464. Workshop Participant

USD$964. NonWorkshop Participant (such as partner or travelling buddy)

NonWorkshop Participant tickets include the same attractions and meals as the Workshop Participants with the exception of the art classes.

This is a greenlighted workshop that has been rescheduled due to coronavirus and participants have already paid nonrefundable deposits and balances in full. However, there are still a few spots available. To reserve your spot in this workshop a $500 nonrefundable deposit is required for Workshop Participants and a $300 nonrefundable deposit is required for nonWorkshop Participants and is due June 18, 2020. The remaining balance is due July 18, 2020.

To purchase a deposit, please scroll to the bottom and click BOOK NOW.

Please note that the date of this workshop is subject to change in light of the current covid-19 virus. We will be monitoring the situation closely in an effort to ensure everyone's safety.



The official hotel of this tour is Hotel Indigo. This hotel overlooks the Riverwalk and is across the river from the Tobin Center. It is an 11 minute walk to the Alamo, a 15 minute walk to San Fernando Cathedral and a 20 minute walk to La Villita. A short 8 miles from the airport, the hotel is best reached by Uber or taxi.


A block of rooms has been set aside for this group and is being held until Oct 19, 2020. The group rate is $175.USD  for a single or double room including breakfast + tax.

To Make A Reservation

Please click HERE and you will be directed to the hotel website where you can make your reservation. Be sure to use the special code SST

If you are travelling alone and wish to share a room, please email and we will try to find a roommate for you among the participants.

Workshop participants are not obliged to stay in this hotel. You are welcome to stay in another hotel or even Airbnb if you prefer.

Travel + Medical Insurance

TRAVEL INSURANCE IS MANDATORY to protect the investment you’ve made in your trip. Travel medical insurance is also highly recommended as it pays for emergency medical services which may be significantly more expensive than expected. 

Your Tour Manager

Participants will be accompanied by Studio 56 owner, Brenda Murray. Brenda is an artist and arts advocate, the founder of Urban Sketchers Waterloo Region and a former Urban Sketchers Board member. A seasoned traveler, Brenda will be on hand to assist the instructor and to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Learn more about Brenda HERE. 

For More Information

Email or call Brenda Murray at 519-572-1757.