Sketching Interior Spaces Part 1 (short course) | London Metropolitan University

Sketching Interior Spaces Part 1 (short course)

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Why study this course?

This course is designed to give individuals with an interest in interior, architecture and spatial design an opportunity to develop their drawing skills in sketchbook format. Through both studio-based technical workshops and location visits, you will be introduced to key media and processes with which to effectively record the dynamic between interior space, light and human interaction.

More about this course

This course aims to build on individual confidence when sketching busy interior spaces through periods of direct observation and demonstrate the practical use of a sketchbook for visual communication and individual expression. Across the course, a range of essential drawing media, skills and mark-making techniques will be introduced so that you can begin to explore and develop a particular and distinct visual grammar.

During the course you will be introduced to:

  • some of London's major galleries and museums, including the British Museum, Tate Modern, The National Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Saatchi Gallery
  • key One-Point and Two-Point Perspective drawing techniques as a fundamental way to describe three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface
  • core sketch media, such as colour and charcoal pencils, fine-liners and pro marker pens and how to wor them effectively to describe light, form, texture and the movement of figures through space
  • the value of fostering the development of a sketchbook practice as a way to explore and express a personal visual language

This course is taught by John Cash.

Please note, for Summer 2018 Parts 1 and 2 of the Sketching Interior Spaces courses will be integrated into one eight-week course. 

Fees and key information

Course type Short Course
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Who's this course for

The course is aimed at anyone who is keen to improve their sketching and drawing skills but also those who specifically have an interest in interior, spatial or architectural design and who wish to develop their observational skills when drawing directly from live spaces and busy environments. The course welcomes both beginners and those more experienced and can cater for a rich mix of different levels of ability. Ultimately, what is essential is a passion and a love of drawing from the world around you. 

Course structure

The first two sessions of the course will be based in the studio so basic drawing principles and techniques can be delivered to support your skills and improve technique. The other six sessions will be delivered on site as you begin to apply studio knowledge to a variety of different types of interior styles and spaces ranging from Classical, Industrial and ultra modern (minimal).

What our students say

"Excellent course and John was a great, patient tutor."

"The course was excellent and higher than my expectations. We were able to learn how to sketch very quickly and effectively and it is very interesting how different people developed their own sketching style."

"John was excellent tutor and the course was really good, particularly the site visits. A great experience."

"John is a brilliant teacher - class size worked really well."

"I really enjoyed all the classes! The course was challenging but in a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere."

"A really useful course, as an architecture student it helped me to practice drawing skills, to try out different types of media. The tutor gave lots of encouragement and critical comments on sketches. He brought the group together to share drawings and help one another. I'd definitely consider joining the course again to continue sketching development."


Skills and experience gained

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • understand the key difference between One-Point and Two-Point Perspective techniques and use them effectively when developing interior sketches
  • sketch and draw the human figure using a series of short-hand techniques to help with proportions and indicate dress and degrees of movement
  • apply and combine a series of different 2D media and materials to your drawings in order to communicate and convey form, depth, light, texture and mood when recording space and human presence
  • develop and foster a sketchbook practice that will allow you to begin to locate a distinct visual grammar and expressive voice with your work

Course dates

Course dates Autumn dates coming soon!
Length One day a week for eight sessions
Day and time Saturday, 11am to 5pm 
Maximum class size 12
Contact hours 40


A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit.
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University alumni members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

What's included in the price?

You'll need to supply your own materials for this course and at a minimum you will need:

  • an A4 Daler Rowney Graduate Sketchbook (landscape format – plain black hardback cover)
  • a range of soft pencils – HB/2B/4B/6B/9B
  • a pencil sharpener
  • a plastic 12-inch transparent ruler
  • an eraser/putty rubber
  • a battery-operated eraser – Jakar is a good brand
  • a range of Faber Castell Black Ink Pitt Artist Pens – wallet of four with assorted nibs
  • a brush pen (black ink)
  • a tin of 12 colouring pencils
  • a Letraset ProMarker set (six colours) – neutral tones (greys)
  • Derwent Charcoal Pencils Blister (set of 4)

Terms and conditions

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.