Urban Sketching
Urban Sketching
Urban Sketching
Urban Sketching
Urban Sketching
Urban Sketching

Urban Sketching

JUNE 22 & 23

Regular price $150.00

Course Fee: $150
Materials: Student-provided (see Supply Information below)

TIME: 10:00AM - 1:00PM PDT
LEVEL: Confident Beginner to Intermediate
AGE GROUP: Adult (ages 18+)
LOCATION: Building 306, Fort Worden, Port Townsend. (COVID protocol will be observed, read our policies here)

Join the international art movement of urban sketching that proves art is a universal human language. Urban sketching is an umbrella term for illustrating what you see on site. It can be pencil, pen, or watercolor or all three combined; even ink wash, some white gouache, markers, and colored pencils, anything lightweight, portable and fast drying. Perfection is not the goal and styles vary from whimsical and loose to accurate architectural renderings. Beginners have success as easily as experienced sketchers, and all the materials can be low cost.

Urban sketchers work in sketchbooks, often in their laps, usually spending less than an hour on each scene. Their subject is architecture, people, vehicles and the surrounding nature mixed in, sometimes parks and statues, sometimes indoors, sometimes cars and people. Sketchers carry their very portable supplies with them at almost all times not only because sketching is better than scrolling on your phone when you have free time, but also to document their travels whether close or far from home filling dozens of sketchbooks over time. Port Townsend is a perfect location for this workshop, with Fort Worden, fascinating homes, boats, and a main street full of people, pets and vehicles.

We will be spending most of our time outdoors capturing a variety of scenes, but will also gather at the end of each day to see what we have all accomplished. Participants will receive a detailed map of where the ideal locations to sketch from are, so you do not have to already know the town. Teaching artist Anne Pfeiffer will demo the first hour of the first day, but to save us precious sketching time, all participants will receive a PDF reviewing of styles and approaches, as well as explaining how to choose materials and some warm ups to do ahead of time. Participants should have some drawing experience.


  • Mixed media or watercolor hard or non paper flexible cover sketchbook.
  • Pigment pens, pencils,inexpensive watercolor pan set, portable water container.
  • Portable chair, hat with brim, snacks and drinking water.
  • Optional: markers, watercolor pencils, fountain pens, brush pens.

More detailed information about materials will be provided upon registration. These are relatively inexpensive materials, most available at arts and crafts supply stores.

    After registration, course details are available via the Northwind Art School learning portal, including course syllabus and supply information. Learn more

    Anne Pfeiffer has a graduate degree in painting and decades of experience as a high school art teacher, community college art instructor, and adult and teen workshop instructor. She currently lives in Port Angeles and paints landscapes and still lifes, often plein air, and participates in regional and national exhibitions and events.

    Artist website: Anne Pfeiffer@annepfeifferartist and @annepfeiffer

    This course is eligible for a 10% member discount at the Supporter level and beyond. 
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    Quimper Mercantile and Don's Pharmacy offer Northwind Art School students a 10% discount on art supplies.

    If Northwind Art has to cancel a course for any reason, all enrolled students will receive a 100% refund (including any materials fee).

    Students who withdraw from a course at least seven days prior to its first meeting will receive a 90% refund (less any materials fee). Please note that 10% of every course’s registration fee is considered to be a non-refundable deposit in cases of withdrawal to cover administrative overhead.

    Students withdrawing fewer than seven days from the first day of class are not eligible for a refund except in the case of illness or injury, in which case they are eligible to receive a 40% refund (less any materials fee).

    All refunds will be applied to the same credit card that was used for enrollment. No credits or transfers will be granted. Please contact registrar@northwindart.org for more information.

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