Pen and Wash Sketching: Buildings & Perspective

Discover the principles of sketching one and two point perspective in buildings with a black waterproof pen and watercolour wash. Simplified techniques guarantee perfect perspective which will also cover landscape elements. Buildings are an integral part of many urban and landscape sketches and a vital skill. Comprehensive class demonstrations and individual tuition for all skill levels. Learn to sketch from photographs and on location. Bring your own building photographs.

This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling.


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand how the eye level line and vanishing points are used to create accurate perspective
  2. Use learned knowledge to draw buildings in one and two point perspective
  3. Understand how to accurately use reference photographs
  4. Learn how to create various building textures such as roof tiles and bricks
  5. Use shadow effectively to create solidity and depth.


  • HB Pencil or clutch pencil 0.5mm HB
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Black Pigment Liners or Drafting Pens, water resistant 0.05mm NOT 0.5mm (Staedtler is one brand). Available from art shops
  • White plastic eraser
  • Grey kneadable eraser
  • Waterbrushes (available art shops) Small,Med,Large
  • Coloured pencils, can be aquarelle but will be used dry and can be used in conjunction with paint. Optional. Demonstrations in workshop.
  • Small box of tissues

Watercolour Sketchbooks

These are available in all shapes and sizes. A small pocket sketchbook is useful to carry at all times. A good size sketchbook is approx 8x5 in (20x12.5 cms). Different people may prefer different sizes.

  • Use good quality watercolour paper. Do not use cartridge paper if you plan on using water as the paper will buckle and it is extremely difficult to move the colour around.
  • Use a smoother cold pressed paper, not rough.
  • Cheap watercolour pads can work well, but the paper on some will peel when wet.
  • Use sketchbooks with 300gsm cold pressed watercolour paper
  • A4 or A5 size watercolour paper, 300gsm cold pressed. Should be smooth and not too textured
  • A5 sheets of paper, or any size you prefer, can be bound to make your own sketchbook and cover. Methods discussed in workshop.


  • Pan sets or 5ml tubes. Compact Pocket Travelling Watercolour Pan sets include Winsor & Newton Cotmans brand.
  • Waterbrush Pens. Has reservoir for water and a nylon brush. Available in small, medium and large. Medium is a good all round size.
  • Empty watercolour palettes are also available where you squeeze your own tube colours into the empty compartments. NOTE: Waterbrushes and 0.05mm black pigment liners will be available to purchase from the tutor.

IMPORTANT: Please arrive to the first class with all the relevant materials. A lack of materials is not just a handicap to you but to the ability to teach. Materials cost is not included in a course fee. In the event of a course being cancelled WEA cannot be held responsible for the purchase of any course materials. We therefore suggest you purchase your materials closer to the time of the course commencing.


  • The Art Scene, UNSW Art & Design Campus, Greens Rd Paddington NSW. Ph: 8815 1569
  • Eckersley’s Art and Craft Store 223-225 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Ph: 02 9331 2166.
  • Bondi Road Art Supplies 179 Bondi Road Bondi. Ph: 9387 3746. (Closed Fridays and Sundays)
  • Eckersley’s Art and Craft Store 93 York Street Sydney, Ph: 02 9299 4151. Also at North Sydney, St Leonards, Chatswood, Caringbah, Parramatta & more.

Enquire at your art shop for a Student’s Discount with your WEA course receipt.

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