Venice Sketching

Urban Sketching in Venice


The Urban Sketching in Venice walkabout offers an original sketching experience which enables you to immerse yourself in the heart and soul of Venice. Sketching is the perfect tool for capturing the city as it opens up your imagination and enables you to see the sights in a refreshingly new light. Suitable for everyone – from the seasoned urban sketcher to the adventurous visitor wishing to create original postcards to send home.

Sketchbook journaling will give you the opportunity to slow down, look around and absorb in glorious detail the real Venice. You will see, understand and remember. You will explore the hidden parts of the city and, as you move around on foot, you will see how Venetians live today.

Guided by experienced illustrator and Veneto Insider, Sarah, you pass three hours creating your own unique souvenirs of your visit. Her artist’s eye helps her appreciate just how special this city is and she loves to share her alternative perspective on picturesque scenes which unfold around every corner. Look around you through her eyes and you will see the winding ‘calle’ (historic alleyways) and the waterfront squares, the historic monuments and the incredible buildings of La Serenissima from an enchanting point of view!

You will sketch in three contrasting locations, walking at a gentle pace and stopping for a brief coffee break along the way. All skill levels are welcome for this tour which has been developed for anyone wishing to put the camera down and be in the moment!

Don’t forget to bring along some basic sketching materials or, if you prefer, Sarah will provide you with a sketching kit at an extra €10 per person if required. Just let her know at the time of booking.


Meet & Greet:
9.30 hours, meeting location to be agreed upon with particpants. This might be your hotel or a convenient spot nearby. It will also be possible to choose between either a morning session or an afternoon session. Please make this clear at the time of booking.

Cost of session:
€75 for one person (*non-refundable €20 deposit payable at time of booking)
€130 for 2 people (*non-refundable €40 deposit payable at time of booking)
€10 sketching kit (if requested)
NB. Use this Paypal button to pay your deposit only AFTER you have confirmation of your chosen date and timetable. See the form at the bottom of this page to register your interest. Balance of payment and extras (sketching kit) to be paid in cash at the start of the sketching tour. Negotiate directly with Sarah for a larger group (maximum 4 peaple) if required.

Select your deposit option

*You may cancel your booking and claim a full refund up to 48 hours prior to the established meeting time for the sketching session you have booked. The deposit is non-refundable after the 48 hours leading up to your chosen session. The sketching session will be carried on even if there is light rain since there are sheltered areas in various parts of the city where it will be possible to sketch even in mildly adverse conditions.

Choose between the morning session or the afternoon session, choice to be confirmed at time of booking. Some flexibility may be possible with these timings. Check with Sarah.
Morning session 09.30 – 12.30
Afternoon session 13.30 – 16.30

Included in the cost
Meet & greet at preferred location in Venice
Approx. 3 hours tutored sketching session in 3 different Venice locations
Mid-session refreshments’ pause with hot or soft drink

Not included in the cost
Transport to and between sketching stops. The sketching sessions are normally walking tours. You are advised to purchase a local public transport runaround ticket in advance if you feel the need to use transport.
Cost of any extras at refreshment stop (eg. ices, sandwiches etc)
Sketching materials as suggested below (kit available for purchase at an extra €10 per person if requested)

  • A rigid cover sketch pad
  • Pencils according to your own drawing preferences. A softer pencil is preferable to a hard one — it can always be used more lightly to draw finer lines.
  • Charcoal pens (optional)
  • Micron black ink pens in different sizes (optional for those who would like to try a more graphic style)
  • Rubber
  • Small ruler
  • Pencil sharpener

Booking form

Use this form to register your interest in a forthcoming Urban Sketching in Venice event. Completing this form does not constitute a commitment on your part, nor a confirmation of participation on our part, in a sketching session. You will be contacted as soon as possible for your definitive registration as a participant.

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How many sketchers will be in your group up to a maximum of 4 people? With numbers this small you are assured of plenty of attention from your tutor Sarah.
Which date do you prefer to take part in the Urban Sketching in Venice?
Please select a time for your preferred sketching session. If you would like to arrange a special timetable, give details in the message box below and highlight the 'Other timing' option in the following list

Will you be requiring a sketching kit? Use the radio buttons below to indicate your choice and remember to pay your tutor for the kit and the balance of your event when you meet
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