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Sketching Fast & Loose™ Classes

Sketching Fast & Loose™ Classes

Sketching Fast & Loose is useful for:

  • Capturing the essence of a subject
  • Developing observational skills
  • Making a colorful travel journal
  • Using “down time” to advantage: cafes, airports….
  • Stress release (Thanks to my students for that one)

Sketching Materials

See a list of required sketching tools here

Rhoda helps you develop skill in sketching what you see as simply and boldly as possible, using a few very basic art materials.

Rhoda demonstrates techniques suitable for beginners or intermediates who want to develop more confidence in drawing, as well as skilled artists who want to “loosen up”.

Students Have Said:

“Thank you so much for your exhilarating and informative class. I enjoyed myself very much and have come away with a multitude of new ideas, things to practice and a new confidence to drawing in public.” Moira L


The technique you teach is fascinating and fun. Your choice of venues and subject matter for each class gave me a broad spectrum of sketching opportunities. Your ability to keep us on track and yet able to enjoy one another was perfect. Your expertise, your patience, plus your enthusiasm and appreciation for the community you and I have chosen to call home, combined beautifully in assisting me in my sketching endeavors. Who wouldn’t want to be a Fast & Loose Woman of San Miguel! Gracias Chica! Cheri Rae


Rhoda’s workshop was a real game-changer for me — she totally helped me to get out of my head and stop worrying so much about my lines. Meagan B.



I’m living in San Miguel de Allende and I offer the following classes:

Meet at Fabrica La Aurora, in the cafe near the back.

Meeting place TBA

Meeting place TBA

 Classes meet from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.
REDUCED FEE for a limited time:
Take all three classes on consecutive days for $2000 pesos



Figure-drawing workshop with LIVE, clothed models

Do you avoid including people in your travel sketches? Would you like to learn how to draw figures quickly and with confidence? Not sure about the basic proportions of the human head and body? Well, I’m here to help!

Traditional life drawing classes provide a NUDE model, but if you are an urban sketcher or making a travel journal, you’re much more likely to see (and draw) people wearing clothes. So, our models will be dressed, to give you the opportunity to practice drawing ordinary people wearing everyday items of apparel. 

Every Wednesday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Fee: $300 pesos per session.
Materials provided, or bring your own (dry media & watercolor only, please)

All classes include demonstrations and individual coaching.

Click “contact” to sign up for a class. 


Sketching Adventures & Art Holidays:


World Heritage City – San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
October 28th to November 4th, 2019

Two niche experts: Rhoda Draws (Urban Sketching and Caricature) and Christina Merkley (Graphic Recording / Graphic Facilitation) host you in spectacular SMA for a specialized sketching adventure during the Dia de los Muertos festivities.

Daily tutorials, demos and a feast of beautiful on location sketching throughout the city, culminating in the incredible Dia de los Muertos events. Includes Private Coaching and Online Follow Up Sessions. Plus Sketching Supplies Kit, accommodation and some meals.




Are you a local?  Are you planning a trip to SMA?  I host individuals, couples and small groups for 90 Minute, Half Day and Full Day Caricature Tours. I show you the jaw dropping beauty of this city and draw you in it at the same time! See local landmarks, eat great food and take away custom caricatures. Why just take photos when you can have unique urban sketches of yourself in the gorgeous SMA backdrop. Perfect for sharing with family, friends and via social media!

Click “contact” to send me a message to discuss and schedule.



Interested in Sketching Fast & Loose, Caricature and Painting Instruction?  Tap my 40+ year art career to up your own practice. I am available for customized private mentoring on a myriad of subjects. Both in-person in San Miguel de Allende, Mx or online via web conference (no travel required).  Purchase 1, 3, 6 or 12 sessions.  Student/Retiree Tiers Also Available.

Click “contact” to send me a message to discuss and schedule.


More of my Sketching Fast & Loose trips
are offered by Meagan Burns at Art Leaps Adventures.


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