• Urban Sketching in Vienna
    Photo: Ian Fennelly

Urban Sketching in Vienna

14.08.2023 - 18.08.2023 Vienna | Ian Fennelly painting, sketching, urban, watercolour 1499 EUR

Explore Austria’s capital and discover the magic of Vienna with pen and watercolour! Professional urban sketcher Ian Fennelly will show you techniques and methods that help you to create your own lively and atmospheric sketches. Learn to find your individual style and fill your sketchbook step by step. Inspired by the charm of the picturesque scenery of Vienna you will be able to capture your favourite travel memories with brush and pen.

Welcome to not only Austria’s capital, but also the capital of art and culture! Associations with Vienna are… high living standards, relaxed yet elegant lifestyle and rich musical and artistic life. Buildings and architectural masterpieces that look fairy-tale, almost enchanted - Vienna is greeting you with a unique atmosphere that takes you to a whole other dimension of aesthetics, culture and art! And speaking about art… since the whole city is flourishing with atmospheric beauty, Vienna is without a doubt a perfect destination for Urban Sketching, what do you think?

Ian will teach you about the composition and the structure of the sketch, how to recognise clear perspective and how to train your eye to see what is important for your work, and reduce it to the essential elements. All of this and so much more will be taught and developed in many drawing and sketching sessions together. The course aims to deepen your skills in sketching, drawing and watercolouring, to exchange views, to capture atmospheric scenery of Vienna, and to have fun.

Learning goals:

  • train the eye to see shapes, value and color in outdoor scenes
  • become comfortable sketching in public
  • learn to draw standing up
  • become an urban sketcher and start reaping the benefits of seeing the world in a new way

All teaching sessions and demonstrations will take place in Vienna. Ian will choose the most suitable and inspiring subjects to draw. Each session will cater for varying standards of ability and confidence, and you will be stimulated throughout the workshops by stories and little demo sketches to make the experience more rewarding and stimulating.


You will find hospitality in the “Premium Star Inn Hotel Hauptbahnhof by Quality” which is right next to the main train station of Vienna - midst of events! As for example “Schloss Belvedere” is just a 15-minute walk away; so from here, you are able to get to all the most beautiful places in town. A tasteful modern hotel in that each bedroom is equipped with air-conditioning, free wifi, a desk, a flat-screen TV, a safe and a fridge. There are ensuite bathrooms with a shower, as well. Check-in is from 3pm, Check-out until 12am. For pictures see: https://starinnhotels.com/en/star-inn-hotel-premium-vienna-hauptbahnhof-by-quality/

Target group: (all levels) This course is meant to be for beginners as well as for advanced learners.

Number of participants: 6-12

Where do we sketch/draw? We will draw and sketch mainly outside en plein air, so you should not mind walking longer distances on foot. A seminar room for days of bad weather will also be available.

How to get to Vienna? The hotel is right next to the train station (Wien Hauptbahnhof) in Vienna, so there is the possibility to go by train or railway, this is only an about 15-minute ride. Have a look here: https://www.viennaairport.com/en/passengers/arrival__parking/s-bahn__suburban_railway
There is also always the possibility to take a taxi.

Star Inn Hotel Premium Wien Hauptbahnhof