Sketching Rome with a Drawing Instructor Guide

Rome, Italy
Sketching Rome with a Drawing Instructor Guide
  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Artists and arts-lovers will enjoy this art-focused sketching tour of Rome. With a drawing instructor guide, travel through the city to some of the most sketch-worthy locations. A handmade sketchbook, pencils, pens, and watercolors are provided for you; you can take advantage of as little or as much guidance from your instructor as you wish.
  • Full sketching kit included
  • Take home your handmade sketch book
  • Time to contemplate some of Rome's top attractions
  • Direction and instruction from your guide

What's Included

  • Full Sketching Kit provided for you to use and your handmade sketchbook is yours to keep

    Meeting and Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Turtle Fountain
      Piazza Mattei, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

      We will meet at the turtle fountain in Piazza Mattei. Your sketch tour leader will be a female artist whom you can usually recognize because she is carrying a bunch of folding stools and is looking for you!

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Something non touristy to fit in the local scene
    Judith_D, Oct 2023
    Sitting, looking at the inspiring fountain and ruins I had the chance to learn something about sketching and create a unique souvenir of my time in Rome. It was a great day weatherwise to do this . I felt part of the city as tourists walked around me looking at the sites. Kelly was very patient as she explained what to do. Her individual help was also much appreciated. I will use the handmade sketchbook she gave each student to record more memories of this wonderful city.
    Amazing experience
    HaelyShah_M, Jul 2023
    We had a great time with Kelly. She was very helpful at every step while also making sure we have our artistic freedom. We didn’t have cash to tip then and would love it if we could get a way to tip :)
    Explore the calm
    Patricia_M, Jul 2023
    My husband and I truly enjoyed this experience. Our instructor was encouraging, warm and inspirational. You start at turtle fountain, where you’ll get a quick tutorial of supplies, receive your hand made sketch and watercolor notebook and a chair. After some time to sketch and warmup. You’ll walk a short distance to the next site. Where you’ll be given some short instruction again, building on the previous and more time to sketch and draw. Finally, you’ll walk another short distance to sketch, draw and watercolor some more. I worried about my skill level not being on pare but my fears were baseless as we all ended up just being completely immersed in our drawings. Even my husband, who described himself as having negative talent, surprised himself and had a wonderful time. I highly recommend this experience to anyone who wants to stop and apperciate Rome!
    A really nice experience that made it all sound easy - and it was!
    Rune_G, May 2023
    A very kind host took us around the area around the Jewish gettho to do some drawings. She made me feel relaxed about the fact that you are sitting amongst a crowd of passersby, at least when I was there in late may. Very fun, very easy going and, for me, the perfect kickstart for doing sketches on my own the following days.
    Amazing experience!
    Vanessa_Z, May 2023
    Sketching ancient Rome ruins was an amazing experience! Kelly was easy going and a wonderful guide. 100% recommend!
    Kelly was such a lovely,...
    Daisha_D, May 2023
    Kelly was such a lovely, personable, and relaxed teacher that made you instantly feel comfortable and capable to just enjoy the experience! Accepting of all talent levels, and beginners. Trust a beginner!! While also really wonderful to hear her interact with advanced artist. And the LOCATION!! 🤯🤩 Really not a better way to spend a few hours of your trip in Rome. 10/10 highly recommend!!
    Do it! 10/10
    Liliana_R, May 2023
    Kelly was great and easy-going! Such a memorable experience! A great way to soak in the beauty of Rome and to do something different and not feel rushed.
    Great way to spend the afternoon in Rome
    Loven_C, Mar 2023
    Started with Turtle fountain with exercise to get self prepped and then moved on to Jewish ghetto to do shading practice and ended with ink to paper sketch (with catch - can't take pen off the paper). The we applied watercolor to the drawing..making it a painting. My fav part was the ink drawing/watercolor painting. It was a nice day and it's a good activity to go through if you were curious about sketching/painting this amazing historical city. Instructor was encouraging even though I was constantly beating myself up for not getting things perfect or my drawing/it did not reflect what was right in front of me.
    Do it again!
    Carol_K, Mar 2023
    Guide, Kelly, was excellent. Knowledgeable and a beautiful teacher. She managed to open my eyes to a truly new way of seeing.
    Sketching in Rome
    Kelly_P, Jul 2022
    Sketching ancient scenery in Rome. It was an enjoyable and relaxing class. There wasn’t much of a lesson, besides learning about shading and there wasn’t much history of the locations we were sketching.
    Slow down and experience Rome in a new way
    Serra_H, Jun 2022
    I'm so glad I did this tour. Kelly has created a great alternative way to slow down and look at Rome through new eyes. It was refreshing to take a step away from rushing through the tourist cycle in Rome and just sit and contemplate. You don't need to have any experience as she gently talks you through some exercises to warm up and start drawing. I would highly recommend this tour and anything else Kelly cooks up. I'll do it again next time in Rome. I love also that I had a different kind of souvenir to bring home with my handmade sketchbook and my sketches/painting.
    Great experience
    Maria_M, May 2022
    If, like me, you've always thought it would be lovely to spend time looking and sketching your surroundings but couldn't get past your own inhibitions, this is the perfect opportunity to actually do it. Kelly created a great supportive atmosphere in our little group and by starting off with different exercises I stopped worrying about the result and just enjoyed the process. It was a wonderful way to stop and appreciate the sights. I've even done some more sketching on my own since then. Thank you Kelly!
    Unique and Fun!
    Dana_G, May 2022
    This was a fun and unique way to enjoy a morning in Rome. Kelly was a kind and patient teacher who just wants to help people make art. All talent/experience levels would be happy here. I liked getting to see some areas I probably would have missed otherwise.
    Art and antiquities with pencil and pen
    Paula_R, Apr 2022
    Our guide/ artist, Kelly, was fabulous! Being in the city, but relaxed; not rushing, but seeing with the artistic eye. A great way to be in Rome instead of just being a tourist.
    A must do!
    Tracy_M, Jan 2020
    Kelly was so great, and supportive! Please don’t think you need to have any ability in art to do this tour. What you will get is an awesome time learning, and having fun with art; all the while exploring parts of Rome. A truly unique experience!
    Großartig & Inspirierend!
    Stefanie, Jun 2021
    Ich habe die Tour wirklich sehr genossen und darf sie zu 100% weiterempfehlen. Wirklich eine schöne Art Rom kennenzulernen (wir waren im jüdischen Viertel), sich Zeit zu nehmen und die Schönheit von Rom aufs Papier zu bringen. Vielem lieben Dank für diese Erfahrung!
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