February 4, 2016 |


Palladian Odyssey Tours: Italy May/June 2020

Join me for a week tour sketching the amazingly beautiful Veneto region of Italy. Together we will build our skills for quick travel sketching and in particular develop techniques for capturing architecture. We will also learn about the fascinating history of the region focusing on the life and work of Palladio – the father of American Architecture. And we will also enjoy the best food and drink of the this lesser known part of Italy! Click here to find out more.

Only a few spots remain for the 2020 tours:

Veneto Tour 1: 25 May to 29 May 2020 – SOLD OUT

Veneto Tour 2: 1 June to 5 June 2020 – Now on sale

If you want to read more about the tours check out this article!

Local workshops in Sydney

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Some of my previous classes/workshops

This video provides a summary of one of my two day sketching architecture workshops.

 June 2016: 2 day Sketching Workshop – Lucca Italy

Click here for the reports on the workshops.

 April 2015: 2 day Sketching Architecture Workshop – Sydney

We looked at how to draw architecture by feeling edges, abstracting shapes and constructing volumes (three ways of visual thinking as explained in my Foundations online course).

The emphasis was:
– Understanding buildings as volumes and how to abstract this into lines and shapes to make it easier to draw
– How to map light and dark and use this to define form
– How to see underlying structure and thicknesses and then express these through ‘leading edges’
– How to draw in perspective using my latest hands-on approach – what I call “pointless perspective” (ie. ways of achieving accurate perspective without using the traditional vanishing points that often are off the page)

Read full report here


 July 2014: Sketching on Location in the Rocks – 2 day workshop

2 Day workshop based in The Tea Cosy Tearoom in the morning and out on the streets of the historic  Rocks area in the afternoon. We looked at:
Day 1: The fundamental principles
The importance of learning to see and three ‘ways of seeing’ that I use
Approaches to composition and how to put it into practice out on location

Day 2: Fundamentals applied to spontaneous sketching with the restriction of time!
Ways of starting and developing your sketch – to setup or not, edges, tones, colour
How to simplify a complex scene, create a strong focus and tell a story about where you are

Full report Day 1Day 2

April 2014: Sketch The Cake


An afternoon high tea workshop run as part of Rockdale Council’s Arts Festival at the wonderful Vanilla Cupcakery Kingsgrove. Full report including my demo sketches here

February 2014: Exploring the Rocks 5 week course

During the 5 weeks exploring the Rocks we explored my core concepts for spontaneous location sketching – whether sketching at home or while travelling.
– Learning to see better with your artists brain and how to start your sketch
– Exploring the interaction of line vs colour
– Simplifying a complex scene and creating a strong focus
– Achieving strong tones
– Applying a few compositional strategies

16 November 2013 workshop at Ku Ring Gai Art Society

Capturing the moment – the art of travel sketching: more details here
A summary of the introduction to the workshop I gave at the June monthly meeting here

Sketching Architecture: The Rocks –  November 2013

Sketching Architecture 4 week course – on location sketching in the Rocks area  Sydney. 
Thursday or Friday mornings   06 – 29 Nov. 10.00am – 1.30pm.

and also a one day workshop

Saturday 30 November 9.30am- 4.30pm (covering the same content in the one day!)

Read all about it here



Balmoral Sketching – Fridays  11 Oct – 1 Nov

4 week course – Friday mornings  9.30am- 1.00pm at Balmoral Beach

Friday 11 October  – Friday 1 November 2013
Cost: $150 for 4 weeks. Casual classes available for $50.

Exploring essential techniques for sketching on location at the beautiful Balmoral beach.
Looking at
– the importance of trusting your own responses and being committed to learning to see better

       –  techniques for line and wash – how to use the lines to describe edges and strategies for applying colour.
       – experimental approaches to line and wash – using water soluble lines and bold washes of colour
      –  how to tell a story and create a strong focus
       – choosing subject matter that inspires you and composing it on the page


Mosman Sketching – Wednesdays 21 Aug -11 Sept


4 week course revisiting the essential techniques that we explore in the Manly course (see below). The intention was to explore the suburb of Mosman but we ended up at Balmoral every week – using the rotunda in the park as our base.

Blog posts about the classes as below

Week 1 – Setup
Week 2- Lines
Week 3 – Value
Week 4 – Colour

Melbourne: Capturing the Moment – The art of Location Sketching

Two day workshop held in Melbourne:  Thursday 19 – Friday 20 September

During this two day workshop, I shared with 22 participants why and how I get such a creative buzz out of sketching on location. The aim was to  inspire them all to begin, or continue, on their very own creative journey – with sketchbook in hand. Based in the wonderful Botanical Art School Melbourne we had two fantastic days inside and out – sketching in whatever conditions the Melbourne weather threw our way!

Check out these blog posts summarizing Day 1 and Day 2

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Sketching Architecture Workshop: Melbourne University

Totally fun one day workshop at Melbourne University:  Saturday 14 September

Read all about it here and don’t forget to follow my sketching architecture blog as well.
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