Urban Sketching in Watercolor: Capture the Moment in Your Sketchbook

By Barbara Luel

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32 lessons
Running time
6h 04m
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Capture and Paint the Moment with Beautiful Colors

with Urban Sketch Artist, Barbara Luel

Sketch Anywhere and Everywhere You Desire!

How about capturing the moment in your sketchbook? Urbansketching can be done as well on the road, or at home. I will show you how keeping a sketchbook allowed me to enjoy my journeys better, as well at home as on holiday. Throughout the class, I will show you how inspiring this urbansketching movement is. With lively watercolors you will bring the world to the sketchbook.

Create Colorful Daily Memories with Urbansketching

This course is for everyone who wants to create colorful daily memories, because when you observe and sketch something, the colors, the smells, the sounds, the emotions and the light of that place will stay in your memory forever. More then when you take a photograph.

Do Not Worry About the Perspective Rules!

In this class, students will complete several urban sketches with watercolor in their sketchbook.  
 I will guide them step by step through,
  • Learn to look at subjects that they want to sketch to avoid overwhelm
  • The construction of the line work
  • With simple tips we’ll bring life and volume in the drawings
  • And with lively washes we’ll add texture and happy colours


  1. Meet Your Instructor
  2. Introduction to the course
  3. Class materials

Chapter 1: Fundamentals of Urban Sketching

  1. What is urban sketching ?

  2. Page composition

  3. Love your mistakes and overcome fear of making a bad drawing

Chapter 2: Warm Up - Sketch from Observation with Different Tools

  1. "Looking" exercises
  2. Drawing lively lines in pencil
  3. Drawing lively lines in ballpoint pen
  4. Drawing with fine liners and fountain pen

Chapter 3: Let's go urban sketching - Draw buildings without worrying about perspective rules!

  1. Choose your scenery and focal point and learn how to frame your drawing
  2. Simplify a complex scene to draw without overwhelm
  3. Look at a building and draw without complex perspective rules
  4. Learn how to bring light into your sketch

Chapter 4: Add life and Texture Using Watercolor Techniques

  1. Introduction to watercolor sketching and how to hold your brush

  2. Textures and value exercises

  3. Light and shadows

  4. Trees

  5. Choosing colors to create light and depth

  6. Let's watercolor the sketch

Chapter 5: Another approach to Watercolor Sketching

  1. How to sketch with watercolor : sketching and painting at the same time

  2. Learn where to start

  3. What to include and what to leave out

Chapter 6: Draw Natural Scenes with a lot of Nature & Trees

  1. How to create depth in a natural scenery

  2. Paint trees with watersoluble graphite and pencil

  3. light and shadow in nature

  4. Simplify trees

Bonus Chapter: Daily Sketching Without Fear of Ruining Your Sketchbook

  1. Simply quick sketchs for when you don't have time

  2. How to trick your brain into sketching when resistance is killing it

  3. How a "challenge" can keep you motivated

  4. Sharing your work online on Instagram


  Congratulations on Completing the Course

Meet Your Creator
Hello !
I’m Barbara. I am an architect and artist, still working as an architect everyday restoring monuments as a living.
In my free time I make art : drawings and paintings. Being a child I always wanted to become an artist, but my parents pushed me into university and I became an architect…Studying architecture was a lot of fun, but by the time I started working, ink and paper made place for the computer and I lost my drawing skills quite quickly. Needing money to live, I worked in an architect office and forgot about drawing and painting, feeling uneasy about it, thinking I lost it all.
After 15 years of computer work I picked up the brushes and paint again, because I felt I was missing it a lot, but all my skills were gone! I struggled myself through tutorials, workshops with several artists, doing loads of work, struggling to find back my skills, and to find “my style”, asking myself loads of questions… being stressed and full of doubt… It was full of stress, where it should have been fun and full of joy!
Maybe I can make all this a bit lighter for you, and the way to your creative life and art a bit more fun and joyful? Drawing and painting gave an extra dimension to my life. I want to transmit this. Drawing is a universal language, making you connect to the world AND to yourself. Because You have a special artist in you that the world wants to see.
You can make the world more beautiful in your own way! Make your memories more colorful. Everybody is creative, is an artist and can draw and paint! And the more you do it, the better it feels and the better your art will look. If you think you can’t paint, or have no talent for watercolor, don’t leave! You’ve come to the right place! I will show you how to do it step by step.

Meet the All-in-One package hand-picked by Barbara and CLASS101!

📌 The Kits are available again!
1. ArtToolkit Pocket Palette
2. Moleskine WC Large 5X8.28
3. Artgraf Pencils 5mm (2 pack)
4. Pentel RSVP Ballpoint Pen
5. Sakura Pigma Micron 0.25mm
6. Palamino Blackwing Soft Pencil
7. Artgraf Watersoluble Graphitestick
8. Rosemary&Co. R12
9. Rosemary&Co. R24
10. Rosemary&Co. R10
11. Daniel Smith 5ml (Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Trans Red Oxide, Potters Ink, Sap Green, Cerulean Blue, Green Earth, Buff Titanium, Undersea Green, French Ultramarine, Trans Pyroll Orange, Cobalt Teal, Perm Aliz Crimson, Hansa Yellow Deep)

Duration of the course

You can access the class videos for 20 weeks. Within that period, you can replay the videos in as many devices as you want.

Important Notice

This is an early bird class! That means the production of this class is just starting. The curriculum is subject to change, and content may be uploaded sequentially based on the creator’s schedule to ensure that we provide the class in the best quality possible.

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