Sketch the Bridge of Sighs is one in a series of four online workshops called Weekend in Venice. During this 1.5 hour workshop, Ian Fennelly will walk students through his process for sketching this gorgeous little enclosed bridge step-by-step. Students can sketch along with the reference photos provided or they can apply the techniques they learn in this workshop to a reference photo of their own.
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Subscribers to all Studio 56 online workshops have lifetime access to the workshop material and can study the material when and as often as they like.
This workshop is close captioned for the hearing impaired and for those for whom English is a second language.
How to Enroll
This workshop is hosted on Ruzuku. After checkout you will receive an invitation to enroll in the course within 24 hours. If you already have a Ruzuku account, please leave at checkout the email you use to sign in to Ruzuku.
Spiral Bound A3 Sketchbook 140lb HP or loose paper. I prefer Fabriano brand. Click HEREfor a link to order online.
Tombow Brush Pens – black and a range of greys, particularly the lighter greys – N15, N79, N89, N95
Fine liner pens – from 0.1 – 0.8 Pilot, Staedtler, Faber Castell, Derwent – any of these brands are fine.
Watercolour pan set– I use Winsor & Newton but any good brand will do
Watercolour brushes – variety of sizes from flats to small round heads.
Using a Limited Palette
In this workshop, Ian will use only 3 colours: alizarin crimson, cerulean blue and green gold plus white.
Students will be able to download the reference photo from the actual workshop platform when you're ready to start.
Recommendations for previous workshops
"I've been a long time admirer of Ian's sketches. I was delighted to be able to take a class online with him. Ian's light-hearted, wonky, fun sketches capture street scenes with detail and unusual colors. His process of capturing a street scene was broken down into very specific manageable skills. I think my favorite part of this online class was that Ian's delight in being physically present and fun attitude about sketching manifests itself in his work. I can't wait to try these techniques over and over again."--Amy Bean
"I highly recommend Ian’s workshops. He’s a wonderful artist and if you love urban sketching you won’t find a better teacher. Plus you’ll see a huge improvement in your work."--Mary Riley
"Having attended live workshops with Ian, I had no hesitation in signing up for this online video workshop. Ian is a remarkable artist and urban sketcher. His teaching style is enthusiastic and methodical, and he will leave you feeling inspired."--Jon Moss
I just wanted to thank Ian for his kind teaching methods. I was blessed to experience an undivided hour of his time this morning, through the one-on-one critique. I came away with some great insights on how to improve my work, that will hopefully lift me up another rung on my art journey. I know this is not in reach for a lot of people right now, but I wanted to let people know. It was a great experience."--Monica Hoeffel Murphy
"I had already seen Ian's videos on YouTube and was very impressed with the way he drew. Since English is not my mother tongue, I was afraid that I would not understand what he said. But it all worked out quite well. The way he approaches a drawing is so logical that I just do it now and it helps me a lot. A very clear recommendation from me."--Martin Pesch
"Layers of looking is an amazing course and excellent value. Ian takes you step by step through a series of full length videos, showing his entire process of how to paint a fun urban sketch. You learn how to start with simple shapes and gradually build up to adding colour and detail. You also learn what to put in and more importantly what to leave out. It is delivered in a fun but detailed manner. There is also a Premium option which is excellent value and gives you the chance to video chat with Ian for an hour and ask questions, get tips and get feedback on your work. If you can't get to a workshop, this really is a great alternative. I really learnt so much from this course and cannot wait for the next one."--Patty Edge
"Ian Fennelly is excellent instructor who guides you through the stages of sketching a complicated scene. The transition between lessons is good. Each lesson builds to the final project, a charming building in New Orleans. If you enjoy working in a looser style and are not afraid to try different tools and techniques you will enjoy this workshop."--Carmel Campbell