Urban Sketching Retreat

Hey Sketcher, imagine a week in Valladolid, Mexico exploring the haciendas, historic town, swimming in the exotic cenotes and of course sketching the entire time!  I went on a voyage to the Yucatan to discover a place to host a seethelines retreat. A wonderful family with an estate has welcomed to host us with home cooked meals and an authentic Mexico experience. Carlitos is a builder and Teresita is an artist. And the little furr ball of fun is Chiquita. I can hardly wait, are you ready for an urban sketching travel adventure?

About This Workshop


Day 01: Sketching Valladolid –
A Charming Colonial Town

“Valladolid’s historic town has pops of color, a lively environment, a massive cenote (plus more) and serendipitous discoveries behind doors you haven’t opened yet.”

We will have a day in town sketching about various areas. Find our way into a local restaurant to eat lunch and visit some friends who own a coffee/ boutique art shop and the best pizza joint in town.

Day 02: Hacienda Hopping

Scattered throughout Mexico, there is a high concentration of ‘haciendas’ in the Yucatan state. They were created during the Spanish conquests of the Americas and used as large business enterpresis. Many are found near the cenotes. Today they are largely dedicated as museums, restaurants, cenote destinations, popular attractions, and a beautiful place for us to sketch.


Day 03: Chichen Itza Expedition

“At the brim of the well where the Wise Men of the Water Live. This is what Chichen Itza means in Maya. Chichen Itza was one of the most important city-states in pre-Hispanic America and is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico today.”

This is an all day adventure with cenote hopping sprinkled throughout. We will find a nice shaded area under a tree and you will see a demo and be guided as you sketch this world wonder.

Day 04: Cenotes

The story goes that a meteor hit this Yucatan region of Mexico thousands of years ago and opened up caves to an underground river system all throughout the lands. The waters are rich in blue turquoise and invite a magical essence to swim in. Ancient Maya commonly accessed the cenotes for their water supply. 

Haciendas are often found near a cenote. So we will have the opportunity to also sketch architecture on the exotic site.


Day 05: The Convent of San Bernardino of Siena

This big open grass plaza in front of the Convent invites the town to relax, read, play, and at night project visuals or movies onto the castle walls. This area will likely be where we eat for an afternoon and find a spot to sketch. 

Lodging at La Dichosa

Video provided by La Dichosa to capture a glimpse of the Valladolid experience while staying at their lovely home and garden.

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Alán Ramiro Manning



With 10 years experience working in the architecture profession and a lifetime obsession in sketching, Alán is your guide to awaken super sketching skills without needing technical know-how or natural talent. He has discovered an intuitive process to sketching from his breakthrough living in Barcelona, Spain. Mastering the ability to sketch was an inner calling, but fears of self doubt and bad habits made it very difficult to pursue. 

When push came to shove, no money left, Alán had no other choice but to take action to teach himself how to sketch in a fast, fluid, and fun way. Then, he hit the streets of Barcelona to sketch and sell postcards. That was the catalyst that led him to ‘SeeTheLines’. By creating an experience for people, in turn a connection and a memory to savor, sketching became a means to create, connect and serve. 

After having traveled to 20 countries and sold artwork all around the world, it is with utmost joy and passion that, Alán is sharing the gift of sketching with you. You will see the lines and harness your own unique vision of creating a legacy of sketches. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How is this different from other programs out there?

The SeeTheLines methodology is unique to Alán’s teaching. From his extended time spent traveling and sketching and with over 10 years working in architecture – this has created a one-of-a-kind program. Specifically there was a massive turning point from making sketching a living & breathing life style. You’ll get aspects of the technical side from architecture, but more importantly you’ll get the intuitive framework that has been developing over last 7 years. Additionally, as SeeTheLines evolves, so will you.

What is the format of the program?

Pre-recorded and LIVE interactive online class sessions hosted via Zoom. All of the course content i.e. videos, pdfs, downloads, will be accessible via the members area on Patreon.com/seethelines

When can I start the program?

Right away! You will get to experience fresh learning content every month and have access to all the previous material as well. 

Can I go at my own pace?

Yes. All material is accessible at your own pace. The LIVE sessions it is encouraged to keep up with the class, then go back to the recorded sessions to pause and play.

How long will I have access to the courses?

Lifetime Access

If I am completely new to urban/ architecture sketching, Is this course 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 course 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. 

I might be too old to start learning something new, is this still possible for me?

100% yes. This intuitive framework taps into your instrinsic understanding of space. You will quickly start to notice seeing your environment differently which will then inform how you approach sketching. 


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

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