2023 Travel Sketching Workshops

Lisbon, Portugal

Nov 25 Workshop

Join Alán  in a 4 hour group workshop in Largo de Sao Miguel. We will be sketching in the heart of Alfama! Learn expressive ink and watercolor. Register below and we will see you there! 

About The Lisbon Workshop

This is a 4-hour art workshop to teach how to sketch in ink and watercolor the charming and powerful plaza of Largo de Sao Miguel.

The workshop focus: Light and Shadow
The instruction will teach how to energetically represent the beauty of light cascading across the facades of these unique spaces in Alfama.

WHERE: Largo de Sao Miguel, 1100-118 Lisboa
WHEN: Nov 25, 11h – 15h.
PRICE: €35

WHAT: This workshop teaches perspective and watercolor techniques.

SKILL LEVEL: All skill levels welcome

Click Here To Register for Saturday!

Workshop Image Gallery

Images of workshop experiences in Lisbon

Frequently Asked Questions

What supplies should I bring?
The following are suggested items to best benefit the workshop
  • Small pocket sketchbook for quick practice drawings. 
  • Watercolor sketchbook
  • (1) color pencil (blue color preferred)
  • Watercolor kit: (Windsor & Newton travel kit recommended) add colors: ultramarine blue, yellow ochre, alizarin crimson red.
  • Brushes: 2 round brushes, 2 flat brushes,  waterbrush also works.
  • Permanent ink pens: Min. (3) line size pens or a fude nib fountain pen filled with ink, a black brush pen. (Pentel brand recommended.)
  • Water/ cup and paper towel
  •  chairs/tables are provided by the plaza. 
If I am completely new to urban/ architecture sketching, Is this workshop appropriate for me?

Yes absolutely and it is encouraged. We will work through foundation building for the complete beginner in a fun hit-the-ground-running way.

If I am more advanced will I still find value in this course?

The exciting thing about this workshop is that it will equip you with new ways to SEE. You will get unique professional architectural trained methodologies while discovering Alán’s particular technique and approach. But more than that you will return home with a boost of inspiration and vision to continue in your journey.

What if I cancel at the last minute?

Because we are a small group, last minute cancellations are nonrefundable.

Workshop Image Gallery

Images from New York. Mexico and Brazil

Alán Ramiro Manning



Alán Ramiro Manning is on a passionate mission to create, connect, and serve through drawing and teaching on-location all around the world. He is a graduate from Woodbury University in Los Angeles, California with 10 years experience working in the field of architecture. Alán provides a strategic combination of creative and technical skills in the arts, design, and video story telling. Boots on the ground, he is tangibly making an impact country to country by inspiring a movement to live in the moment, be yourself, create fearlessly, and to take action on your dreams

Here's what students experience learning The SeeTheLines Method™

I really enjoyed this course by Seethelines! I would highly recommend anyone seeking to start or improve their travel/urban sketching, to take part in the course. Alán is not only shares expert knowledge of sketching and watercolour but also inspires to enjoy the whole process from start to finish. It was a great experience following and trying out the process for myself. I’m already a fan of his work but looking out for any more courses by Alán!

Joshua Takaoaka

Architect | @sketchjt

Great course breaking up the sketching process in proper phases. I am partial to organized approaches 😀 Main necessary knowledge for a great start imparted & good practical examples demonstrated. There’s everything here for a beginner & some good ideas for a more seasoned sketcher. 

Adina Schisler

Engineer | @adinaschisler

Wow, I really enjoyed this class! Alan breaks the material down into steps simple enough for a beginner, but there is plenty of content for an intermediate watercolorist as well. His tips on perspective were especially useful. The scene we painted was quite complex. It included plants and trees, buildings, water and boats. It was fun to paint and very informative. Thanks, Alan! I look forward to enrolling in more of your classes!

Shannon Silver

Mom & Aspiring Watercolorist | @dorkemomsart

What's it like working with me?

Hello, we are the New York City chapter of the international group called Urban Sketchers. We had the pleasure of collaborating with Alán Ramiro Manning in November  2022 and presented our members with the opportunity to take his workshop “See the Lines-Shape and Sharpen the World Around You.”

Alán was very enthusiastic about these workshops and willing to collaborate with us. We met a few weeks before to talk about his ideas for the workshop, review his portfolio, pick a location, scout out sketching spots and discuss how to facilitate his workshop for our membership. I know he also went back multiple times on his own to the location to sketch and scout out the venue.

Alán gave two sessions, three hours each; both sessions sold out and were given in an indoor space in downtown Manhattan. The response from attendees was enthusiastic, and we look forward to working with Alán again on his next visit to New York.

Frida Christofides

NYC Urban Sketchers

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