Urban Sketching Winterworkshop - outdoors and indoors | Barbara Grünenfelder | Skillshare

Urban Sketching Winterworkshop - outdoors and indoors

Barbara Grünenfelder, time is art

Urban Sketching Winterworkshop - outdoors and indoors

Barbara Grünenfelder, time is art

Play Speed
  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x
10 Lessons (1h 17m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Ask yourself

    • 3. go out

    • 4. stay indoors

    • 5. create opportunities

    • 6. improve perspective

    • 7. learn from others - at home

    • 8. Make it happen

    • 9. Bonus: door frame

    • 10. Bonus: drawing out of a window

  • --
  • Beginner level
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced level
  • All levels
  • Beg/Int level
  • Int/Adv level

Community Generated

The level is determined by a majority opinion of students who have reviewed this class. The teacher's recommendation is shown until at least 5 student responses are collected.





About This Class

We explore different possibilities to stay sketching and improve sketching when it's cold outside - adaptations to draw outside, exercises inside and creating sketching opportunities. To start at the next level in spring, use the winter months to improve specifis skills! As an example, there is a lesson about improving perspective and learning from others - just in your home.

Three drawing videos at original speed - one in the "learn from others* lesson and two in the bonus lessons - add insight about my drawing process and slow speed and invite to slow down to draw. They can be left out by too busy people.

Meet Your Teacher

Teacher Profile Image

Barbara Grünenfelder

time is art


I love to draw and paint, move and explore. i teach creative classes with adults and work as a coach. Drawing, painting and sewing are for me ways to explore both the outer and inner worlds, to deeply connect with life, to sharpen my awareness and to celebrate my playfulness. I am an urban sketcher in bern, switzerland.

See full profile

Class Ratings

Expectations Met?
  • Exceeded!
  • Yes
  • Somewhat
  • Not really
Reviews Archive

In October 2018, we updated our review system to improve the way we collect feedback. Below are the reviews written before that update.

Your creative journey starts here.

  • Unlimited access to every class
  • Supportive online creative community
  • Learn offline with Skillshare’s app

Why Join Skillshare?

Take award-winning Skillshare Original Classes

Each class has short lessons, hands-on projects

Your membership supports Skillshare teachers

Learn From Anywhere

Take classes on the go with the Skillshare app. Stream or download to watch on the plane, the subway, or wherever you learn best.



1. Intro: Welcome to this class where we explore possibilities for urban sketching in winter. Hi, I am Barbara, Clean and Fell. I'm a nervous sketcher in Brand Switzerland. I teach urban sketching around Ben since seven years ago, and this is my second skill. Sharq loss. It is November Andrabi called Andi. In this class, we explore individual possibilities to continue urban's catching in winter, both outdoors on indoors. This class consists off different elements. We start with the reflection. What do you want to sketch? Learn in proof in winter. Then I share a lot of windows catches and ideas for sketching outdoors and indoors as examples. To improve a skill, I show how to use a window or door frame as a possibility to improve perspective. Onda possibility. To learn from others. My example is about sketching people. This class is for you. If you want to continue urban sketching in winter or want to improve your observational drawing skills in winter for beginners, I highly recommend to go to my first skill share class about warming up for urban sketching . It is up to you what materials you want to use in the outdoor section. I show some tools that I find especially useful. Inventor. The class project is to do one or more exercises or to ask a question. 2. Ask yourself: Hi. Nice to meet you here. Before I show you a lot of examples and ideas, I invite you to ask yourself what you want to sketch, learn on, focus on. You can bring out the pdf to read the questions and write on it. Or you can just follow me here and right on an anti sheet of paper. The pdf ISS below. Here, click on your bro. Check. Scroll up. It's down and all the right side you will find it on. The resource is there are two pages. The first Wallace for your reflections. Now, before watching the class on the second page, you can take notes when you watch the first few lessons. So now it's time to ask yourself, What's do you like about drawing and sketching? Which subjects do you like best? Which subjects do you want to improve? Which techniques do you like best? Which techniques do you want to improve? What else is important for your sketching practice? What are good places for you to sketch? How often would you like to sketch even when you have only five minutes Now, with your reflections, you can lean back and watch many examples on pick out the ideas that inspire you 3. go out: in winter time. Sketching outdoors can be more comfortable with some adaptations in poster materials approaches and playing with circumstances. Sometimes you consider on an insulating Matt and be as comfortable as in spring or summer time. When it's colder. Standing is an opportune I can stabilize the hand with a sketchbook with my just. I also like to use a hand back to rest my hand with the sketchbook. This is less exhausting, and I can hold the sketchbooks that here I love the mindfulness that comes withdrawing. Therefore, I don't want to hurry in the cold, but truth techniques with which I need less time to finish a sketch so I can stay in a mindful state of mind and I don't freeze. I can do this by choosing broader materials or smaller approaches. The following pictures show you some examples with brother tools. Fit Ben the sick felt Ben again. Sick felt pen on degree brush. Been black brush pen wax crayons with the broad side on the paper. This is especially useful in winter because the walks cranes are harder, so they intends to give this a very snowy surface. On the paper wall. The brush to catch quickly the colorful clothes off people. You can use all kinds of tools. Here is an overview What I like to use in winter. Different felt pens, brush pens, a broader fountain pen of water brush blacks Crean's on color pencils where I can also draw with broadside off the team with different approaches, I can stay mindful and warm. I could work on smaller for months, lift more white space or fill the page in multiple steps. Here's a small format with only the essential lines. More white space, a collection off doors and chimneys drawn in several short stops on a walk. Andan other collection, drawn in short, rests in a forest serious off thumbnails in a great onda collection of quick contours in a free composition. I love to collaborate with the weather and played in the circumstances when what the color drives too slowly, tracing from the blotting paper may at just the snowy impression that it's there. I love snowflakes on water color, such unauthentic memory off this moment in the snow. Here I expected the wings to blow my watercolor, but the cold was faster and made these beautiful. I see Rocky structures in this forest with melting snow on the trees, I took loose sheets off paper to protect the other pages off the sketchbook. I love the dripping snow washing out my sketch in water book, water soluble brush pin playing with special circumstances. It's like a dance with the unpredictable. It can provide many happy accidents on beautiful surprises. Now it's your turn. Take a piece of paper and writes down what you would like to try out. 4. stay indoors: staying indoors. There are plenty of possibilities to sketch in this unit We look at every day treasures and friends. Ah, views through windows, interior of use, working in serious Andi learning from blocks or books. Everyday treasures can be food every day. Stuff things you like or love persons you live with. Or was it Andi? Try different techniques. Here is water soluble ink and wash or cranes looking through windows you can just to an open sketch like you would sit outdoors, discover what you see from your apartment or house from different angles. Different doing those. This is from a holy day in Edinburgh on the time I leave in cu Pittsburgh. This is a part off a video that I I did out outside my window. The rest off it or the whole thing is in the bullets lessons you can see it from from beginning to the end. You can also draw interior use instead of just single parts part where I lift one day other memories where I lift, I find working in a serious, very interesting approach. I can try different tools on the same subject I can through all the nice parts of my apartment. I can try the same thing on different days. I can catch different atmospheres. This was a serious off my kitchen. Andi Here is an example of view through the windows to explore, and when those on the roofs, blocks and books are a big source of inspiration in the lesson about improving sketching people, I show you some an example in some steps how you could use spokes and books to improve a certain skill. Now it's your turn. Take a piece of paper, think and write what you would like to try out. Drawing, endorse. 5. create opportunities: here are some ideas to create opportunities to sketch with it. A warm place in a restaurant we see the museum history was UME sculpture museum art museums with visitors, a botanical garden. An office off a friend trains buses. Waiting rooms are great opportunities to improve drawing people in their environment. It takes a lot off exercise, but you could also start withdrawing backs, shoes or other details off travelers. If you're scared to draw the faces and the posters, take something. Hope that you want to draw The's pine cones are a good exercise for one. Liners controls Don's plants. You can join a doing group. You can join a doing course, a life drawing course, or there are groups in the Internet and you're probably in your city. If you search, you will find life drawing group or something like that. Now write down some opportunities you would like to create to draw 6. improve perspective : our homes are a good place to improve sketching perspective. Usually it's warm here. It's motivating to create memories. I like it a lot to look back how I lived in the past. You have enough time to stay a year to draw, and usually you have to, or friends and windows that are very useful to determine angles and proportions almost like a viewfinder. In this lesson, we use Windows or door friends as viewfinders in an extra class about sketching perspective from observation, I will teach more simple techniques. Sketching perspective is just observing what you see. We are used to know what this horizontal instead, off seeing what our eyes perceive to train this change of the mode of seeing, I recommend my first skill shirk loss about warming up exercises for urban sketching. If you struggle with this exercise here, go back to that class or just try sketching in one continuous line. Here are some images to see carefully. These shelves are horizontal of off my eye level. They seem to come down below my eye level. They seem to come up. Therefore, it is useful to be aware off the eye level or even indicated with a light line here above in the middle, I was sitting to draw above the eye level. I see under the shelf, on the ceiling below the eye level, I see upon the shelf and the floor. You just see and draw what you see. There is no need for any theory, but because we are not used to observe so carefully, it is useful to keep in minds the eye level line on what happens above and below. The more you sketch, the easier it becomes to get the proportions right. For beginners, it is often surprising how far above the door step the other end off the floor is You can stretch out your own to measure a distance and compare it to wear reference distance. Here, the floor is almost as high as the doorframe is broad. Here I take the kids off the door frame as the reference and measure down to get the proportions off the door frame. I suggest you to do this exercise. Find the place that you work for an appropriate view through a door or a window. If you are a beginner, look for a simple subject and purple perpendicular view without distortions. Simplify the shapes as much as possible. Intermediate and pros. Catches can go more and more complex and acetate as you want. Year You see me draft and straw parts off this sketch in the first step. I draft some guidelines in a light colored pencil measuring where the edges off the floor and the furniture meets the doorframe, using the door frame as a frame for drawing and for measuring. And I start by drawing with yellow pencil. I measure how broad the door iss I close one eye. I make my arm as long as I can, always the same length, and it's just one length off the pen in broad on in high. It's three times so I draw one unit and three units down. Ondas. I'm sitting or other direct in front off the door. It's a rectangle. I have no distortions or almost none, Sister. The easier possibility. No, I checked the walls where they meet. It's two to seventh off. Doorframe on E. Make uh, line you very soft in your law. Then the next wall up there. It's about about half off this distance that I measured before Andi uh, the line between the left wall and the ceiling meets the doorframe at about one feast. Now I have the the line where the floor meets the wall in front of me I met. Measure this with depend 2/3 of about off distance off the the distance between the left and right side off the door. This is in no important line Now. The eye level line is very important because the lines below well, seemingly go upwards on the lines halyard and the eye level line will seemingly go downwards. My eye level line is where the horizontal lines are. Nearly Horace totals. It's just about as high as the the furniture First Furniture. Um, I e Mr How high in the door friend This just one length of the pen. I draw a very fine line through the hole page. Uh, now I indicate some lines that I need for the furniture. Uh, downside from from the first, furniture is a bit less than 1/2 off the pin and off the door you on, then the never off the table. It's a bit higher done a year on the leg. Off the tape. E. It's just in the middle between table ends, the door. So, um, and all the other lines I can estimate between my, uh, helping lines in your lower so I can draw with the pen now and I draw just what I like. I want this piece of furniture here because it has store drawers on day. I want to explain something with these feet. Onda. The drawers go almost toe this line. Here the verticals stay vertical, the horizontal Zell's. That's the left wall below the eye level line. They seem to go up, and the lowest drawer goes up about a bit more than 45 degrees on the highest. Roars are just Horace a little because they are almost on the level line on the drawers between are something between So I make helping lines in the middle, just the lines between so I can gradually make glanced steeper. You left side second piece of furniture. It's about 3/4 of the first and continues here at this foot of the first, and these lines continuing. You and I make here helping lines this little just to get the angles. You see, I see up onto the furniture here I see from the site. I can draw this kitchen timer on it on this glass stones year, I have my line for the table on the foot off the table. Cannot be closer than this. Edge off the furniture before, so I make it here. He's a drawer behind wheels, a very steep line off the table books. It's too complicated. I just show the contours. This helps me seeing what is really in front off me. The second leg off the table is only 2/3 off the first lick. Andi, Behind this leg, there is the bridge between the floor and the wall. Use meeting. Now I can just feeling what I like. I need not draw all the details, but those by like, the lamp is above my eye level line. Therefore I see under the lamp and I see into the this light part to you No lift. Yeah, moans Kurt. Done is you're on that. I love a line. His thesis board below window on the track and on it. I love to drop that. The details I like just below the lab bits to the left is CD. It's prior notice and the window if I the frame it treats more like a window. Um, and there he says, painting on the wall. Come speak to you in the glass and the kitchen timer. You're Andi because the upper part is above my eye level line. Um, it goes seemingly down. It's about like 10 0 clock on. It goes almost to the corner here on I had some something things. I finished the doorframe. I have used these lines. Justus guidelines. I didn't make everything like the guidelines, but I I do over them as it seemed to reasonable. Here are some chords and los, um, you is near part off the door frame. I look at the any annually see like this. So it's a bit steeper here. I have, uh, we're ready nos. Nine year, very, very steep. And and I see below the door because it's above my eye level line. You are some interesting details lines, and I would turn my sketchbook to draw these lines. But because of the camera, I let it lie like this. But it would be easier to draw straight lines if I would turn this sketchbook on. Dhere is just above the heating, he said. Part of the door frame and year sayest the window. I see electric things. I turned a pen to draw smaller details so I can make fine lines and I can draw even. There is a very strange here on the's angle is very steep this little and the door is just about this Brought us the doorframe. Swear e Huh Uh, door handle is all the same. Hey, the this part is it belongs to and I love to draw these details off this old store. No, I eat things on the left side, off the door. You just saw me draw the sketch on the left side Sketch on the right side. Um, I did it in this German in a course here. Andi, it is in the bonus lessons. This approach to use a frame is useful when sketching out stores as well. Now it's your turn toe to serve you through a frame and still draw. This exercise can easily be difficult and time consuming. So be careful to choose a view that these simple enough 7. learn from others - at home: throughout art history, many art students have learned by copying the works of old masters. We can use this technique to on DLA Learn from urban Sketchers. With their quick sketches and Andi tools, we confined interesting sketches in books or in the Internet. There are many good books about urban sketching on some off them have a great variety of different artists featured. So you can Google. Then when you like their sketches. Or you can just find sketches with people with something you want to learn and to explore. On the Urban Sketches block, you find sketches from people all around the world. On this block, there are only the invited correspondence, so there is a high level off quality. There are also blocks in different countries. You find many urban's catcher stare. Use the least off the urban's catches In Switzerland, where I am part off, here are links to many countries the Thurman Skechers and you can change from Switzerland toe Mexico on fined sketchers There. An important part off my learning process is to write down my questions, my discoveries to experiment with my questions and discoveries and tow. Apply what I discovered toe new subject that I I am count, too. I found this exercise very powerful. You can almost step into one's eyes or perception, so be careful. Copy not from one but for many artists, so you don't copy their style. Look at a certain aspect you like about their art, for instance, the use of wide space or about something you struggle with. For instance, feet and shoes. Build up a collection of shoes from different urban sketchers, or explore how some artists handle white space. Write down where you found the artwork on what your questions and discoveries are my own notes. Questions that lead to discoveries and answers are a big source for me. Be careful with copyright and stone. Share your copies. I keep them in a separate sketchbook only for these exercises, and then experiment with your discoveries. Practice and apply them in your own sketches. Now stop here and write down three things. You're curious how other urban sketchers do this. For instance, this is the cover of a book from Benoit's Rheaume year. I was curious about the Asian faces on the playful use off lines. I copied line off the line to get the feeling for his faces and bodies. Diving into this exercise was an experience with eyes on and heart and mind, as mentioned before the purpose of coping other artists a size adjusted here. It's improving your sketching skills, so write down your questions before you do such an exercise. Take notes about do discoveries. Now it's your turn. Take your notes and does. The exercise you want to do could be from many artists. Experiment and practice until it's your own. The suggested exercise is only the first step, but for me it feels like a fertilizer that helps the plants grow again when the earth is exhausted. 8. Make it happen: make it happen. Now you have some ideas. Note. Probably exercises to make it happen. If you want to sketch regularly, think about your possibilities. Times, places, circumstances and be a specific as it serves you. Think about adding some sketching time to your collender, having a small sketching Kate with you or what else you need to do what you want. Please post your exercises plans on or questions in the project. Calorie. I am looking, looking forward to seeing what you do and answer in your questions and your questions. Andi projects will inspire the other students as well. In the following bonus lessons, there are longer or additional drawing videos with informations or music and joy. 9. Bonus: door frame: This is a demo I did in a close here and I sketched on my niece. Therefore, it's a bit shaky. The difference to the day more in this course is that I indicate also the vanishing lines. Frames like doors and windows are useful to get the proportions and the angles. Useful technique is to use a light color pencil to indicate some guidelines. I see a big square in the doorframe. Andi, I don't want to start in ink, so I droid in color pencil. No, I'm measuring. I stretch out my own toe Measure the upper part of the doorframe. Andi, I measured down along the doorframe How often the pin goes into this distance. I counted 3.5 Penn Stone. The upper part is my reverence distance. No, I have to add on the upper part to make it make enough space on the page. Just in front, off the door, toe toe, not have distortions. Now I have a box with the right proportions. Now I put in the most important guidelines. The eye level line is just about this highest furniture in the left and these small board on the wall in uh, back ground. I measure the eye level line with the pen. It's about one on, uh, 1/3. Don't I draw the guideline for the eye level line? No. I make some lines in pen the door frame doesn't matter if I make all guidelines in the beginning, or I can mix and match between color pencil and then I'm looking at the door that is open. Andi, you are worry steep angles. This was the war frame furniture at eye level line. Now I estimate the furniture is about one thefts off the wits off the door frame. I could measure as well. How far does it go down? It's about one cysts off the ice off the door frame. I measure until I have the most important lines. And then I just estimate and draw and can fill in the edge off the ceiling. This is one it's about. I estimate from one guideline or drawn part to the next. I compared the hice sister the curtain. In the beginning, I have never measured the most important part. And now I can just go for Bert and fill in. I loved this dragon my daughter made and I love toe to draw all the things I like and leave out other things. No, I don't need to measure because I can just put it in the place that fits, and I can cheat. The edge between the well behind on the floor is about 1/3 aunt, because I drew not the day I took the photograph. Ah, there are other objects on the drawing. I love toe drawing continuous lines, I found. It makes it much easier for complex shapes. I look very carefully at this. Go. This is hurry so total. It's about eye level line. I'm stretching out the pen to see the angle at the lower end off off the furniture, and it's about 60 75 degrees. The next furniture has the same angle I make helping lines between the drawers. Here I draw vanishing lines to explain the directions off the different drawers at different highs. I don't know if the number off drawers is okay, but the principle is the vanishing line is important that the drawers are much more steep on the downside. Then, on the upside, the second piece of furniture has to say mangle, just, uh, furniture beside it. Lines are after seem angle. Andi it this below eye level line. So I see upon this piece of furniture, the tape do resettle stays worrisome. Vertical stays were ticking. This leg I compare how where the leg stops. I spilled the Steve almost perpendicular. This is again a punishing line. As soon as something is not parallel, the vanishing lines are different. But here it's just everything at the same role and they have the same punishing lines I ball how for the table goes. I'm careful with the lack off the table. It's about 1/3 a bluff. The leg in the front year. I compare where the leg can be. It cannot be in front, off off the other furniture I am. I'm cheating a bit. My help. My guideline for the the end off the floor is too much in the front. But the show here is you can take a light color pencil draw. Um, guidelines draw the eye level line. I am cheating to make it fit to my both the line. Do you so, uh, carpet to cheat? A little more. Now the depths is here again. The frame most important guidelines. The banishing lines meet in one point. Those below the eye level go up. Those above the eye level go down, Andi, In theory, they meet in one point. If you just eyeball a skitch, it looks well, if if it's not exactly in in one point, I don't do this usually. But this is for for the demo to explain how this steepness of the lines work. You can also imagine a clock with hands and compare the angles Study. Want to draw with the small or the big hand? 10. Bonus: drawing out of a window: when I look out off my window, this is my usual view. But when I move my head and I lean very close to the window, I can see more. And here you can just see how I drew this sketch out of my window. - Do you, - uh