Dublin- lively vignettes! Urban Sketching intensive weekend

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Dublin- lively vignettes! Urban Sketching intensive weekend

Get ready for an Urban Sketching Intensive: A weekend that can push your sketching skills to the next level!

By Oliver Hoeller

When and where

Date and time

June 10 · 9am - June 11 · 5pm IST


Dublin central; exact location to be determined Dublin Ireland

Refund Policy

No Refunds

About this event

  • 1 day 8 hours
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You want to get more comfortable in your sketching? You want to capture the moments of your life and the places you visit? But a big issue for you is to make your sketches more alive? Commit to a fun and educational weekend with international Urban Sketching Instructor, illustrator and traveling artist Oliver Hoeller and push your skills to the next level!

Over this weekend we’ll cover four different aspects of sketching. Each segment contains about 3 hours of instruction, demos, short exercises and one-on-one feedback as well as free sketching time and more feedback to apply what you have learned in a larger piece.

You will receive a detailed handout for each workshop ahead of time and for future reference ( ~ 60 pages of knowledge in total for all 4 workshops!).



Please also read the FAQs at the end. Also, the workshop fee for the whole weekend is 350 Euro. Eventbrite adds its fee on top. If you'd like to avoid this fee, please get in touch directly with Oliver at hoelleroliver@gmail.com.



1. SKETCHING 101: How to sketch anything fast, free, direct and with confidence

Sat, June 10; 9~12h

In this segment we will start with the basics of sketching. This class is for the total newbie as well as for those who wish to become looser and more confident in putting their lines on paper.

We will cover topics such as what to look for in an object when we sketch it, how to become confident in contour drawing as well as using line weight and texture to add volume and interest. We will also cover simple ways to add value on the go and setting a focus.

This class will consist of many short exercises and demos as well as plenty of time to draw a larger piece synthesizing all that’s been covered in the end.

2. PIMP YOUR WATERCOLORS: basics and add new tools for your repertoire

Sat, June 10; 14~17h

Watercolor can be equally frustrating and exhilarating for the urban sketcher. In this workshop we will start with a review of the basics and attack some of the most common problems sketchers run into.

We will explore two quick coloring strategies useful for outside and then go one step further and introduce tools you can use to pimp your watercolors on the go!

We will sketch several small vignettes, giving participants the chance to play and explore. Oliver will provide a comprehensive handout, demonstrations and feedback throughout.



Sunday, June 11; 9~12h

In this segment we’ll play with adding lively people to our vignettes. I will share applicable knowledge about various body parts. We will learn to identify quickly what interests us in a figure and focus to capture this essence with line. We will learn how to ‘buy time’ with combining and assembling people into a scene – a “Frankenstein” cut and paste method. If there is time, we will add watercolor selectively for interest.

Plenty of individual feedback will be provided. Lots of sketching time! At the end everyone should feel more comfortable about adding people to their sketches.


Sunday, June 11; 14~17h

In this workshop we will learn strategies to combine many disparate elements into an interesting and good looking spread that tells the story of a place. I will introduce strategies to form a rich picture out of individual elements. We will do short demonstrations and exercises to get familiar with the approaches. Students will then draw their own spreads. In the end we will develop our work further and add a center of interest.

At the end of this workshop you will be able to see a world of new possibilities for your scenes!



When he was 9 years old, Oliver wanted to be an artist, a scientist and a pirate. He had a gallery in his bedroom and caught salamanders for his terrarium. Fast forward: Oliver holds a PhD in molecular biology, and in 2015 combined his passions: He runs an illustration service focused on sciency topics

Oliver loves to sketch outside and share his knowledge and passion.He is a keen Urban Sketcher, recognized traveling artist and sought after workshop instructor. His published travelogue "No Road In No Road Out: Slowboating the Amazon" was selected as a finalist for the Reportager Award in 2015. His book proposal "The Grand Tourist" received the International Prix du Carnet de Voyage in 2022. He has taught workshops in Europe, the US, Asia and (soon) New Zealand where he is invited to teach at the USK Symposium 2023.

He tends to see the humorous and ironic and focusses on telling stories with lively scenes and expressive people

Find more about him here:



Urban Sketchers: Drawing Attention

USK talks

Travel Sketching

and if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch: hoelleroliver@gmail.com


Just one more thing - please read these frequently asked questions before signing up!

Where will the workshops be held?

The workshops will be held at location(s) in the center of Dublin. Exact location(s) will be determined closer to the date.

I am a beginner. What's best for me?

The whole weekend series is suitable for eager beginners. We will build your skills as we go! You may find that there is a lot of material that we cover. Consider the weekend as a workout where you will drink from a fire hose! As a nice thing, the handouts will help you to revisit and solidify the concepts and tricks later.

I have been sketching for a while. What's best for me?

The whole weekend series is very suitable for you. I am sure you will find something new to explore in every workshop. In fact, the whole weekend series is probably best for you, because you may be able to absorb the largest amount of information!

Can I take only one or two workshops?

We recommend booking the whole weekend. Be advised, that concepts from earlier workshops will not be discussed in depth in later ones. E.g. how to draw loosely and adding watercolors is only a tiny component of the "Expressive Figures" workshop.

Please get in touch by email, if you only like to book individual workshops. Should the weekend not be sold out we will open up individual workshops in the end.

What if the weather is bad?

In this case the workshops will be held inside as best as possible.

What if not enough students sign up for every workshop?

I am aiming at a minimum of 10 students. If this number can not be reached, that workshop may not be held. If for this, or any other reason, I will need to cancel the workshop (weekend), you will receive a full refund of your fee.

Unfortunately tickets can not be refunded unless the event is cancelled. However should you not be able to make it, you can transfer your ticket to another person.


Participants agree that photos can be taken during the workshop for promotional purposes. Also participants waive all liability of the workshop instructor should they hurt themselves during or around the workshop.

Welcome to the Urban Sketching Intensive!

About the organizer

Organized by
Oliver Hoeller