Sketching Interior Spaces Part 1 (short course)

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Why study this course?

This course gives 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 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 interior spaces through periods of observation and demonstrate the use of a sketchbook for personal communication and visual research. A range of essential drawing media, skills and mark-making techniques will be introduced so that you can begin to develop a personal visual language.

It will give you the opportunity to:

  • visit some of London's major galleries and museum spaces and sketch live interior situations through periods of observations
  • begin to use sketch-drawing media and techniques effectively to document the importance of light, form, texture in defining spatial qualities
  • develop your confidence in the use of drawing as a means to explore and express a personal visual language
  • foster the keeping of a sketchbook as good practice

This course is taught by John Cash.


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 want to develop observational skills when drawing directly from live spaces and busy environments. The course welcomes beginners and those with experience, catering for a rich mix of different levels of ability. Ultimately, what's essential is a passion and a love of drawing from the world around you. 

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."

“John is a great tutor. I found the course to be really inspiring. Every week felt like a treat - a wonderful mindful way to spend my Saturdays.”

“I’m totally new to the art world but the way John handled the tutorials made me feel so much relaxed. John made the course so enjoyable and this has helped me to have more confidence and encouraged me to be more interested in wanting to pursue Architecture as a career.”

Course dates

Course dates Autumn dates will be confirmed in August
Length One day a week for five sessions
Day and time Saturday, 11.30am to 5.30pm?
Maximum class size 12
Contact hours 25


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.