Online Sketching Workshops

2024 “Sketching Life” Workshops

Virtual Workshops
Every Week. Every Month

A special guest instructor each month!

Hey Travel Sketcher, do you want to loosen up your sketching style while having precision so you can have more fun and produce quicker results?

If yes, then you’re in the right place. 

Like a workout, we meet every week online to sketch as I guide you through various scenes of difficulty in the workshop.

What is the number one way to master a skill? Find out in this video I made for you.

About The Online Workshops

 areWHERE: Online via Zoom
WHEN: Every week W/Th 18h30 GMT
PRICE: €59 Monthly or Membership
Become a member. Save 35% [Click here]
* Workshop replays are available for the month you are enrolled in.
* Price includes fees

WHAT: “Sketching Life” Workshops is a program designed to integrate sketching into your daily life. You will learn sketching methods to loosen up your style while maintaining precision. Think of these sessions like a workout. We focus on architecture and urban spaces.

HOW OFTEN: With LIVE Virtual classes held twice a week, you have the flexibility to join either day. Repetition is how you master a skill, so feel free to join both days if you’d like. One scene per week. That means you can join up to 9 workshops in Feb!

HOW LONG: Sessions range from 1.5 – 2 hours.
REPLAYS? Yes, every Friday for the month. Or Become a Member and access replays from  previous months and bonus courses filmed on-location too.

MATERIALS:  [Click Here]
* Receive 20% off a month of workshops when you purchase an art box. Just send me a screen shot of your receipt to

Special Guest Instructor (Feb): Pedro Loureiro. A Lisbon local professional illustrator.  To learn more about Pedro —> [Click here]

February Workshop Dates (x9): (Registration is extended. Replays are available from the first two of the five weeks)
Wednesday’s: 7, 14, 21, 28th.
Thursday’s: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29th

March Workshop Dates (x8): (Registration closes on Mar 6)
Wednesday’s: 6, 13, 20, 27th
Thursday’s:  7, 14, 21, 28th

"Sketching Life" Workshops Registration:
Workshops Every Wednesday and Thursday at 18h30 GMT (Lisbon time). You will receive an email invite with the Zoom link. * Replays available every Friday.
Please select the months you'd like to join. * Or become a member and save 35%
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For tags, mentions, and to share with the "we seethelines" community
Helps me understand time-zones. * We are an international community
Please select a payment option and submit. Upon confirmation you will receive a link to pay by credit card or you can send payment manually through Paypal.
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Julia Micallef Filletti
Julia Micallef Filletti
Alan’s workshop was super insightful for me (who’s only recently entered the art world) to listen and look into the thought process of an artist. He helped us to realise how to break bigger pictures into smaller elements and to let go of the tight grip we often find ourselves having with perfectionism.
Margot Korhonen
Margot Korhonen
This workshop was brilliant!!! So much great content, an engaged teacher and brilliant communication and support via the group chat. Loved it. Thanks Alan 🙂
Alexandre Louro
Alexandre Louro
Im very grateful to be a part of this amazing workshops it as been a wonderful experience. To learn and improve artistic skills, for beginners or more experienced beginners, with a common love for the arts. Thanks to our entusiastic and sage teacher Alan Rámiro i am improving and learning new artistic methods to creat art and consistency and in consequence of that being one step closer to my dream, for that my full gratitude!
Harry Cartwright
Harry Cartwright
Fun and educational workshop, come rain or shine, the final result was a great morning and a beautiful work of art - cheers Alán!
Márk Osbáth
Márk Osbáth
Alán is a great teacher who not only shows you the techniques he uses in his art but also demonstrates the way we should be present in our surroundings.
Robby Vandermark
Robby Vandermark
I have been doodling most of my life but have never really gotten serious. I am kind of new to Instagram but when I saw Alán's SeeTheLines reels something happened I really started feeling like I wanted to see if I could do something like him. The first workshop was amazing. I started learning right away especially how I started a drawing. I couldn't believe he was drawing shadows in the beginning like that and the way he used the watercolors was so cool. After only one class I have already seen improvement in my sketches. And he is funny too. I would highly recommend his workshop.
Judi Thomas
Judi Thomas
I loved the workshop with Alán and can heartily recommend doing one with him if you get the opportunity. It was a fabulous day with lots of insight and great company.
Bobby Garcia
Bobby Garcia
I am both an online member of See the Lines and recently attended on of Alan’s workshops in NYC. Both are excellent and I highly recommend them. He teaching style is both approachable and precise. Like his paintings, the didactic approach he employs is layered at once serving newcomers with the pillars of composition with plenty of meat left on the bone to guide the intermediate watercolorist to reach that next level. If you’re reading this, just get it. Trust me

Images from previous workshops

Frequently Asked Questions

What materials and supplies should I have?
All materials can be found here:
From a full art box, to additional tools than can be bought on Amazon.
  • Small pocket sketchbook for quick practice drawings.
  • Watercolor sketchbook or block minimum (A4 size)
  • (1) color pencil (blue color preferred)
  • Watercolors: add colors: ultramarine blue, yellow ochre, alizarin crimson red, burnt umbre, black, burnt sienna, cadmium yellow.
  • Brushes: 2 round brushes, 2 flat brushes
  • Permanent ink pens: Min. (3) line size pens or a fude nib fountain pen filled with ink, a black brush pen.
  • Two waterbrushes diluted with waterproof grey ink. One brush is 90% water 10% ink, the other is 97% water, 3% ink. It requires very little ink drops to work.(Noodler’s Lexington Gray suggested)
  • Water/ cup and paper towel
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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