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Travel & Sketch - Urban Sketching On Location Class July 13

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Travel & Sketch - Urban Sketching On Location Class
Saturday, July 13, 10:30-1:30pm
Instructor: Mark Nassi
Limit: 10 students. All participants must be 15 years or older.
In case of inclement weather, we will arrange a new class date to ensure the best experience possible.

Class Details

Gain confidence in documenting your observations through on-the-go sketching in your notebook. While photos can be great, nothing captures the essence of a place like a hand-drawn sketch. This beginner's class focuses on the essential tools, observation skills, composition tips, and basic techniques to give you the confidence to sketch what you see. You’ll meet-up with your instructor Mark at Two Hands Paperie, where he'll do a brief discussion on tools, strategies, tips, and techniques before embarking on a guided sketching journey in the West End neighborhood of Pearl Street. 

Ten years ago, Mark reignited his artistic passion as a means of managing daily stress. After experimenting with various art forms, he found his true calling in the form of urban sketching. An astute observer, urban sketching came naturally to him and he was immediately drawn in by the sense of freedom it offered. Since then, he has cultivated a strong personal practice, always carrying sketching essentials to document everyday experiences and grand adventures alike.

This class is in collaboration with the TRAVEL & SKETCH Crawl hosted by TRAVELER'S notebook. Click to see images from 2023 and 2022. Discover your go-to drawing supplies and learn some new tips and tricks for the Two Hands'  TRAVEL & SKETCH event!

Class Materials

Please bring the following materials- keep in mind we're traveling lightly!

  • Pencil for sketching with eraser preferably on the H or hard scale like a 4H, but any pencil will do)
  • A couple of small paint brushes – cheap is fine
  • Colorado clothing: hat, sunscreen, and waterbottle
  • Optional: Color! Small, portable watercolor palette, markers, crayons, or watercolor pencils
  • Optional: A small camping chair or stool for sitting
  • Optional: Your favorite sketchbook if you prefer it over the one we provide. 

Class Materials Include:

Class Refund/Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant's option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file and refunded the FULL class fee.

Instructor Bio

Mark Nassi is an avid urban sketcher who enjoys sharing this accessible art form with others of all ages and skill-levels. He helps coordinate urban sketching events throughout the Denver metro area and has taught urban sketching at the Colorado Pen Show, leading the largest class offering at the most recent show. 

In a world heavily structured by rules- especially in his work as an accountant and software developer- having a creative outlet that is both portable and memory-building is such a joy. He now shares that joy with others by teaching various urban sketching techniques with an emphasis on how to adapt them to each person’s unique style, available tools, and setting.
He can sometimes be found on the interwebs at


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