Weekend in Venice online workshops with Ian Fennelly

Students will get an over-the-shoulder view in real time as UK-based artist Ian Fennelly takes you step-by-step through his sketching process in this new Weekend in Venice series of 4 online workshops: Sketch the Bridge of Sighs, Sketch the Santa Maria della Salute, Sketch the Ponte de l'Agnella and Sketch the Rialto BridgeEach workshop is approximately 1.5 hours in length broken up into several stages. Students will sketch along with the reference photos provided.

Reference Photos

The reference photos for each workshop can be downloaded from the online platform after enrollment.

The Complete Weekend in Venice Series

This series includes all 4 workshops for the discounted price of $139.99 or enroll in just one for $39.99. 


Sketch the Bridge of Sighs

So aptly named, this white limestone enclosed bridge built in 1600, passes over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the New Prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace. 

In this workshop we will be using a limited palette of only alizarin crimson, cerulean blue and green gold.

For more info click HERE.

Sketch the Santa Maria della Salute

This iconic basilica is the view when you're looking past the gondolas across the Grand Canal from the Piazza San Marco.

In this workshop we will be using a limited palette of only cadmium red, quinacridone gold, prussian blue and cobalt turquoise light.

For more info click HERE.

Sketch the Ponte de l'Agnella


The Ponte de L'Agnella is one of the many little pedestrian bridges found all over Venice. Surrounded by Venetian Gothic buildings, this bridge charms visitors with it's tiny arch and wrought iron railings.

In this workshop we will be using a limited palette of only permanent mauve, transparent orange, cadmium yellow and prussian blue. 

For more info click HERE.

Sketch the Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Bridge is one of oldest bridges in Venice spanning the Grand Canal. It has been rebuilt several times since its original construction in 1173. The current stone Rialto bridge was completed in 1591.

In this workshop we will be using a limited palette of only alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, and burnt sienna.

For more info click HERE.

24/7 Lifetime Access

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. 

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. 

Close Captioned

This workshop series is close captioned for the hearing impaired and for those for whom English is a second language


Weekend in Venice Supply List 

  1. Spiral Bound A3 Sketchbook 140lb HP or loose paper. I prefer Fabriano brand. Click HERE for a link to order online.

  2. Tombow Brush Pens – black and a range of greys, particularly the lighter greys – N15, N79, N89, N95

  3. Fine liner pens – from 0.1 – 0.8 Pilot, Staedtler, Faber Castell, Derwent – any of these brands are fine.

  4. Watercolour pan set– I use Winsor & Newton but any good brand will do

  5. Watercolour brushes – variety of sizes from flats to small round heads.

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