Dare to Draw

A one day course to teach the foundations of hand drawing specifically for urban planning and design work.

Future dates to be announced

Would you like to be able to draw buildings and streets for pleasure or for work?

This one day drawing course is aimed primarily at town planners, urban designers or simply architectural or urban design enthusiasts who have little or no hand drawing experience.

The objective is to teach attendees the foundations of hand drawing specifically for urban planning and design work. With these foundations in place, delegates should be more confident in producing their own hand drawings for meetings, presentations, design codes and planning documents.


“The session gave me the confidence I needed and reenergised my interest to develop my architectural drawings further.”
“It was a superb day.”
“Great teacher, good pace, great sized class, came away having learnt a bunch.”
“You make us feel welcome by giving a space for people with similar interests to meet and talk about their day to day challenges in their fields. I find it very interesting that people with different jobs share a same passion for drawing.”
“Fantastic choice of teacher & content, a great location and the class size was perfect for feeling comfortable & taking inspiration from others”

On the day

Introduction and drawing materials | Draughting basics |  Site analysis and site plans

Building elevations / street scenes | Sections (streets, cities)

Lunch break

Perspectives | Drawing an urban street (Single point perspective and Double point perspective) | Specific requests

Created with GIMP


The course includes a month of feedback time where delegates can submit their work for evaluation and critique and will hopefully encourage an ongoing process of improvement.

When and where

• The course will take place from 10:00 till 16:00, date TBC

• It will take place in Create Streets’ offices in central London at 81 Lambeth Walk SE11 6DX which is 8 minutes’ walk from Lambeth North Tube Station and 16 minutes’ walk from Vauxhall Station. It is also close to bus routes 3, 344, 360, 77, 507 and C10


Delegates will be given a recommended list of drawing materials to bring along but pens, rulers and pencils will be available for those who don’t have them.Tea, coffee, water and snacks will be provided but delegates should bring a packed lunch.

Mark Shepherd

Mark is an architectural technician who also holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning. With a particular interest in hand drawing and traditional draughting methods, Mark has over 30 years working experience in architecture. He is a member of the Create Streets network and has provided detailed designs and drawings for several of Create Streets’ design guides and codes.