Finally, a live online class about perspective!

UNDERSTANDING PERSPECTIVE | LIVE online masterclasses in perspective sketching made easy with Stephanie Bower

  • Do you fear or fake perspective sketching?
  • Can’t figure out how to start a perspective sketch?
  • And where is that darn vanishing point anyway?

Understanding Perspective is a LIVE online course that makes perspective sketching easy! I’m Urban Sketcher, workshop instructor, architectural illustrator, and author Stephanie Bower, and I’m excited to offer this course to anyone wanting to finally understand how perspective works. Perspective is easy when you know what to look for!

This course is a live, interactive 6-part online class taught via Zoom in which you’ll learn by drawing along with me in real time. In each class, we’ll take notes and sketch together as I present perspective concepts in a crafted PowerPoint presentation, then we will apply those concepts in a step-by-step sketching demo that we will draw and paint together. And like an in-person workshop, you’ll see me work and I’ll answer your questions LIVE.

With my background as an architect, I’ve taught perspective sketching in architecture and interior design programs at colleges and universities for decades. I’ve drawn on that experience to create a course that starts with easy concepts and progresses through many aspects of sketching buildings and spaces in perspective. You’ll see and learn things that you could not get in an in-person workshop! Concepts are explained with simple diagrams, together with loads of photos and sketching examples — information that you can incorporate into your sketching now, regardless of your preferred sketching or painting style or media. It’s about getting the “good bones” right!

The course is broken into two sections, with 3 classes in each section. You can take the first 3 basic perspective classes, and if you want to continue with more complex topics, you can sign up for all 6 classes.  Here’s a breakdown of the content:

Understanding Perspective

  • Class 1: Creating a Road Map to Follow
  • The foundations of a perspective sketch in 3 simple steps
  • Demo
  • Class 2: Perspective Fundamentals
  • One and two point perspectives—what’s the difference?
  • View Angles and View Eye Levels
  • Demo
  • Class 3: The Importance of Foreshortening
  • Foreshortening
  • Easy, wide-angle perspectives
  • Demo

Understanding Perspective | Advanced

  • Class 4:  Multiple Vanishing Points
  • Streets, Roofs, Stairs
  • Demo
  • Class 5:  Circles in Perspective
  • Ellipses
  • Arches (they are not like horseshoes!)
  • Demo
  • Class 6:  Looking UP
  • Towers are like wedding cakes
  • Domes are round
  • Demo

++++++++++ WORKSHOP FEE

  • Understanding Perspective: Classes 1-3 only, Workshop fee is US$135.00
  • Understanding Perspective + Advanced: Classes 1-6, Workshop fee is US$260.00

Workshop fees are payable by check for US participants (preferred) or by PayPal for US and international participants.

++++++++++ DATES AND TIMES

Session 1:  Sundays at 9am Seattle time (12noon New York, 6pm Paris) Starting September 20 for 6 weeks (September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25.) Note: this class is particularly targeted to beginning sketchers.

Session 2:  Mondays at 4pm Seattle time (7pm New York; 9am Tuesdays in Sydney, Australia) Starting September 21 for 6 weeks (September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26.)

  • Each class is expected to run about 2.5 hours.
  • Classes will be limited to approximately 15 participants
  • Additional sessions will be added at future dates and times!

++++++++++ HOW TO REGISTER

REGISTRATION OPENS SEPTEMBER 7, 2020 at 10am Seattle time:

  • When registration opens on September 7, send an email to indicating which workshop session (session one or two) you’d like to take, and if you plan to take classes 1-3 or 1-6.
  • I’ll sign up participants in the order your email was received.
  • Payment instructions will be emailed to those who have a spot.
  • Additional information and a list of materials will be emailed to registered participants.

++++++++++ QUESTIONS?

  • During this class, will you be sitting outside on location or are we working from photos?

Sadly due to the pandemic, we cannot sketch together live on location just yet. This will be the next best thing as you join me in my tiny studio and we work from carefully selected photos with the understanding that ultimately, the course is about location sketching. In some ways, you’ll see the demos BETTER than when done in person, as Zoom will allow you to look at my sketches up close.

  • What do you mean by an “interactive PowerPoint”?

I’ve created these classes to mirror a real college course. Most of the information is delivered through detailed PowerPoint presentations that I’ve developed. I’ll pause throughout the presentation so that you can draw and take notes, and I will sketch along with you as well. At the end of each class, we’ll apply the concepts learned to an actual live demo. I’ll draw and paint a scene step-by-step so that you can also draw and paint with me at the same time. And before each class, I’ll email participants a worksheet that they can print out and use for notetaking or simply to help them follow along.

  • I’m new to sketching, is this class OK for me?

YES, I love teaching beginners! If you are new to perspective, or simply want to improve your knowledge and skills, this class is for you. The Sunday morning session is particularly targeted to brand new sketchers.

  • I’m new to sketching and am worried I’ll be overwhelmed. Can I only take the first three classes?

I break up perspective concepts into easy to understand segments, so it shouldn’t be a problem for most people to take the entire course. But if you want to pace yourself, you can indeed take the first three classes, then at a future time (provided space is available), you can take the second set of three classes. The course is structured to allow participants to do that!

  • I’m already a pretty good sketcher, will I learn anything new from this class?

YES! Even seasoned sketchers will benefit from seeing this approach and for the deep dives into architectural elements like multiple vanishing points, ellipses, and domes. I’ll also show lots of shortcuts to sketching complex subjects in simple ways.

  • Will there be homework?

Homework is optional, but I’ll provide a few images at the end of each class that you can work on at home and at your own pace.

  • I don’t have a computer or tablet, can I still take this class from my phone?

Because this course is very visual and the information is quite detailed, you’ll need a large screen like a computer, laptop, or large tablet to do this course. A phone or small tablet will not work.

  • What art supplies will I need for this class?

You’ll need your basic sketching equipment, including watercolors. I’ll email participants a list of supplies.

  • What equipment do I need for this class?

Use the largest screen and best wifi connection available to you!

You will need to have ZOOM downloaded onto your computer (ideal), laptop, or large tablet.** It is a free online download that is easy to use and perfect for this course. Instructions on how to join the live class will be emailed to all registered participants.

  • How does this course compare with your Craftsy classes and books?

The biggest difference between this class and Craftsy and my books is that this is LIVE instruction! You can ask questions and I’ll answer in the moment. Most of this content is brand new, and doing the live demo together at the end of each class will cement the concepts you are learning.

  • Will this class be recorded to show again at a later date in case we cannot participate in the live classes?

At this time, there are plans to only do the live classes–no recordings. One, I don’t have a camera that would work, and two, the Zoom recordings are apparently not very good quality. So only live for now!

  • Will you be offering more classes in the future?

Definitely! I intend to keep offering Understanding Perspective. If you’ve got suggestions for other days and times, please let me know. The plan is to also add more courses, such as sketching interiors. So stay tuned!

Thanks so much for your interest in this course! I hope to see you on Zoom!

18 thoughts on “Finally, a live online class about perspective!

  1. Hello, this sounds wonderful and something I would love to do. However, work scheduling prevents me from committing to the live dates. Is there any possibility there will be a streaming version of this after the live dates? If so, I’d be very interested in that as I’ve done both of your Craftsy classes and you’re such a good teacher! Wish that I could participate in the live event sessions.

    Anyway, thanks for considering it.

    Janice Pullicino



    1. Hi Janice, I am not planning on streaming these or recording them, for a variety of reasons…at least not yet! But I will offer them again once this round is done, probably starting the second week of November or so. If you have suggestions about days and times that would work, please let me know. I’m happy to come up with options!
      And thanks so much for the kind words, they are MUCH appreciated!


  2. Hi Stephanie
    I’m very interested in taking all the classes, especially on the Sundays as I am new to sketching. The course sounds fabulous and I love that you have set it up to have the depth of a college course.
    However I anticipate I may have a couple of conflicts ( the 18th for sure as I have an all day in person workshop that day) and because my 94 yr old mother is going for surgery around that time and I am not sure how busy I will be at that time – it depends on her recovery and other supports available in her care home.
    Will the sessions be recorded so I might be able to view them later? Or if I have a specific conflict, could I attend the Monday evening session for one week instead of the Sunday? Assuming I’m fortunate enough to get a spot at all 😊

    Thank you!
    Sent from my iPhone


    1. Hi Sandy, you bring up some really good questions! At this point, I am not planning on recording the class for a variety of reasons. It will only be offered live. But in answer to your second question, I don’t see why you couldn’t switch to a Monday night session for one of the weeks.


  3. Exciting news, Stephanie! I may have missed this info- I am wondering if class participants will have access to recordings for review after live is over? Thanks, Karen

    Sent from my iPhone



    1. Hi Karen, thank you, this sure is exciting for me! At this time, I am NOT planning on recording the classes. One, I don’t have a camera that will do it well and two, other instructors say the Zoom recordings are not good quality or worth the effort. That’s why I have opted to do these classes live…but perhaps in the future!


      1. Hi Stephanie, I was really excited to read that you were offering this course. I was all set to purchase the entire series, but after reading that I won’t be able to view the lessons later as reinforcement after investing $260 for the instruction, is, unfortunately, a dealbreaker for me.

        I have enrolled in several online college courses. All of the professors have been able to record and post their Zoom meetings. All of their videos, no matter the professors’ video skill levels, have been excellent in quality. Along with that, I’ve watched several Zoom videos on YouTube that have been successfully produced.

        Have you reached out to Zoom to find out how you can offer your live videos afterwards to your enrolled students? I would enroll if I knew that would be the case.


      2. Hi Sharon, I wish I were set up to do good recordings, but I just don’t have the equipment or the bandwidth to get that up and running just yet. I’ve heard from other instructors that while Zoom has a recording component, it’s not very good quality. I hope to address this in the future.
        What this course offers that I bet the online college courses don’t is that the numbers in the group are kept small, and you can ask questions at any time, and I’ll reply and sketch the answer in real time. I hope you will consider it! I can promise it will be worth the investment, and if I am able to record the classes in the future, you’ll have access to those.
        Thanks so much for your interest!


    1. Hi Karen, the short answer is no, that won’t work. Each class builds on the one before it, so it’s too problematic to jump in at class 4. Maybe in the future I’ll just do an advanced class on these as a stand alone, but for now, it’s a series. Thanks for your interest!


  4. Hooray! Not sure if I’ll be able to register at three am, but I’ll email you anyway. Of course!! Pat x

    Sent from my iPad



  5. Yes, I would definitely like to attend for the Monday October 19th class as a make-up class.

    I may also need to do the same for Sept 27/28, but I won’t know for sure till that weekend.
    My 93 yr old mother is scheduled for a knee replacement on the 25th. We won’t know which day she will be discharged or if she is moved to a rehab hospital till after the surgery – I may need to assist if any of that happens on the Sunday.

    Sorry to be a pain – I promise not to interrupt with newbie questions on the Monday sessions 😆

    Thank you for the option to do a make up on the Monday

    Sent from my iPhone


  6. Hi Stephanie, What an opportunity which sadly I will have to miss. I am unavailable on Tuesday mornings (Sydney time) so hopefully you will run this course again so I can jump on board. Stay well. Kindest regards, Danka Scenna

    On Fri, 4 Sep 2020 at 2:07 am, Drawing Perspectives wrote:

    > stephanieabower posted: ” UNDERSTANDING PERSPECTIVE | LIVE online > masterclasses in perspective sketching made easy with Stephanie Bower Do > you fear or fake perspective sketching?Can’t figure out how to start a > perspective sketch? And where is that darn vanishing point an” >


  7. Hi Stephanie. I’ve taken your two Craftsy perspective classes and bought your book. Love them all! Am most interested in your new ‘Understanding Perspective – LIVE; however, I cannot commit to a set time and day. A streaming version that is flexible for my schedule would be the best for me. So enjoy your teaching technique and love your work. ‘Amazing Cedar’; the greens you mixed are gorgeous!


    1. HI Pam, thanks for your message–and I’m soooo pleased you’ve seen the Craftsy classes and maybe both books? I don’t have a way to film streaming classes yet, so for now, I’m afraid I’ll be sticking with the live classes on Zoom. That said, they seem to work really well and people seem to love them! I hope you can participate some day…


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