What is perspective? It can be the art of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other. Or, a particular attitude towards, or way of regarding something; a point of view.

This two-day class in perspective drawing and architectural sketching is for beginners and those who wish to improve their confidence in al fresco sketching. You will build up a set of skills, understanding of perspective and learn to use a sketchbook for recording ideas and vignettes.

Urban Sketchers is a global community of sketchers dedicated to the practice of on-location drawing. They have a group in Winchester who meet regularly to sketch the city. This could be a good place to try your newly learnt perspective skills.

  • Tutor, Eleanor Measham
  • 22nd/23rd January 2024
  • £160/2 days
  • Mottisfont Village Hall, nr Stockbridge
  • Tea and coffee available all day. Please bring your own lunch
  • Lots of parking by the village hall

What to expect on Perspective Drawing, An Introduction

On the first day you will focus on core skills and the history of perspective drawing, looking at different techniques and styles of architectural drawing. You will complete some exercises in perspective that can be adapted to all subject matter and allow you to find your own style of drawing.

On the second day you will build on these skills and, depending on weather, you will produce perspective sketches either inside or outside the studio. Mottisfont Village Hall was built as a school for the village children over 100 years ago; the building was renovated in the early 1990s .

The skills you learn can be adapted for painted works, or used for impromptu sketches while waiting for a bus. For this class we will focus on drawing.


  • paper, an A2 pad of cartridge paper
  • sketchbook 
  • ruler (minimum 30cms)
  • pencils, sharpener, or propelling pencils 
  • graphite/charcoal
  • Rubber

About Eleanor Measham

Eleanor is an experienced architect who practices drawing both professionally, to enhance her practice and for pleasure. She has spent many years practicing architecture in the US and UK. Her drawings have been commissioned and displayed in private collections, including the Hearst Foundation in New York. Ellie was awarded the drawing prize for her graduating class at the Yale School of Architecture, and various academic prizes for her design work at Cambridge university.

Currently Ellie works at an architectural practise in Marylebone, London, specializing in the sustainable renovation of heritage buildings for hospitality projects and private residences.

During her masters course at Yale, Eleanor spent the summer in Rome drawing buildings and sculpture, learning to really see her surroundings through drawing. Al fresco architectural sketching encourages you to really notice what’s around you, to celebrate the unexpected and capture a sense of space and character often missed in a simple photo.