Sketching in cafes is a long-standing tradition in Paris.
During this outdoors workshop we will draw in a number of locations, including cafes, where people gather and where notable Parisian architecture and interiors augment the scenes we’ll be sketching out.

These locations provide opportunity to develop two skill sets in combination: quick sketch costumed figure drawing and on location drawing techniques.
Students get daily lectures and demos on figure drawing and composition, with additional lectures on location sketching that address architecture, furniture, plants, other location details and how to intermingle them with figures effectively.
Will Weston then spend the rest of the day working with students individually and in small groups.
Students also receive handout materials supporting in class activities and providing additional material to support their development after the workshop concludes.




All that is required is a general knowledge and interest in art. Will Weston’s workshops are designed for both beginners and experienced artists, amateurs and professional artists alike.


Students may use any drawing materials they wish, but Will Weston strongly recommends the following:
* cool gray Copic markers: C2, C4, C6, C8
(markers are a great learning tool. You can find your shapes first, and then the marker underdrawing simply disappears under your pen drawing)
* Pitt Artist Pen set, box of 4, black, XS/S/F/M
(Pitt-Artist pens are great because they can produce both clean and scratchy lines. The pen sets give you a complete collection to work with)
* 1 additional black Pitt Artist Pen XS
* 1 additional black Pitt Artist Pen S pen
* 2 Signo broad tip white gel pens
(Signo are the best, they cover well and clog less)
* 1 8.5 x 11 inch spiral bound sketchbook with smooth paper and a hard back. Even better, a sketchbook with marker paper specifically is an optimal drawing surface with this setup.
* 9 x 12 or 11 x 14 Masonite boards (slightly larger than the sketchbook), are easily found in art stores and provide a nice hard surface to support your sketchbook.

You might like to add…
* Black Prismacolor pencils.
Faber-Castell Polychromos and Progresso pencils are also excellent and Will Weston uses both. He recommends the black.
* 1 pencil sharpener with an enclosed catch basin

Additional material
First of all, think about comfort and ease of transport.
* a folding stool
(Not too big to use in a museum. This kind of stool is easily found in camping stores or online. For more comfort, choose the option with a backrest. Be careful though as this option can be more problematic to use in museums)
* a small bag to carry your belongings
(A backpack can be refused in a museum. Consider taking a canvas bag, such as a tote bag, as an extra charge. This will allow you to carry your belongings if the museum asks you to leave your backpack in a locker)
* finally, a hat, an overshirt, sunscreen and water will make you much happier on days we’re drawing outdoors 🙂


Will Weston is a great artist and a very experienced teacher. He began his career as an advertising and editorial illustrator, working nationally for agencies in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Firmly grounded in traditional art and illustration technique (he holds a Master’s degree in Painting from Claremont University), he has held various roles at major animation studios such as Disney Feature, Nickelodeon Studios, Sony Pictures,… Will Weston has been a full-time professor at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he was also the director of the Entertainment Arts track of its Illustration department. In addition, he teaches professionals (at Dreamworks Animation, Blizzard Entertainment,…) and conducts internships internationally, in situ and online.

Will Weston is an artist who masters the language of drawing, which allows him to be as comfortable in the practice and teaching of Fine Arts as in Entertainment Art. His great sense of pedagogy allows him to make complex notions simple and to obtain notable progress from his students. In fact, he won the 2012 Art Center College of Design Teacher of the Year award, an award granted by student vote.

Will Weston



Friday, August 12

Day - 1
Figure drawing in period costume in a typical Parisian setting

Saturday, August 13

Day - 2
Figure drawing in period costume in a typical Parisian setting

Sunday, August 14

Day - 3
Drawing people in parks and cafés

Monday, August 15

Day - 4
Drawing people in parks and cafés


Fri 12 Aug 2022 - Mon 15 Aug 2022


(28hrs total)
09:30 - 18:30


590€ (please note that entrance fees to museums and parks are to be paid by each participant)


Paris (meeting points to be announced)