Perspective, Spaces & Architecture

at the V&A

This course is an introduction to the techniques used to create perspective and scale in your drawings - particularly focusing on architecture and buildings.


Working in the inspiring space of the V&A museum rooms and halls - we’ll spend the day sketching the beautiful building to create drawings with depth and spatial intensity.  You will learn rules of perspective, vanishing points and ‘sight angles’.


We’ll spend time in the museum’s architecture room, drawing the impressive models and marquettes.  When the weather is suitable, we’ll sketch outside in the grand courtyard.  Throughout the day we’ll experiment with looser impressionist styles and more realistic measured drawings working with rulers and angles.  


This course is suitable for beginners, or people who already have some drawing experience.


What you’ll learn


To develop and reinforce your perceptual skills of drawing. 


To improve your observation of line and tone and further your understanding of the artist’s way of seeing.


Work with a variety of mark making and shading techniques, such as cross-hatching and contour shading – to give your drawings dramatic depth and form.


Tips and techniques to achieve accurate proportions and scale, including sighting, measuring, negative space and how to render ‘foreshortening’ in your drawing.  


Working on toned paper we’ll experiment with new materials – heightening the studies with white pencil and graphite.


A quick introduction into portraiture, creating a study of one of the many incredible busts in the museum.


On The Day

All materials that you will need are provided - including drawing board, pencils, paper, erasers, stools.  You are welcome to bring your own supplies or sketchbook if you’d prefer, but please be advised that charcoal and wet materials (such as paint) are not permitted in the museum.


The gallery can be sometimes be draughty, so please wrap up warm.  You will need to keep your personal belongings with you at all times, so it’s advised to avoid bringing large bags.




The course runs from 10am until 4.30pm, with a 1 hour break for lunch at approx 12.30pm.


£60 (All materials included)