Design Museum Academy Adult Workshop

Workshop: Architectural Drawing

Learn simple architectural drawing techniques to capture details and the spirit of our iconic building on paper.

Wilson Yau's sketchbook

What to expect

Join artist and teacher Wilson Yau for an outdoor session exploring architectural drawing. You will learn how to use pencils and pens through a range of short tasks and drawing exercises, culminating in a final piece.

This workshop is suitable for beginners or those with more experience wanting to refresh their drawing skills.

By the end of the workshop, you will have created a small portfolio of experimental and finished drawings and discovered more about the history and architecture of the Design Museum.

What will you learn?

  • Improve your observation skills and your confidence in drawing.

  • Learn techniques to capture the details and context of a building.

  • Experiment with different drawing techniques using pen and pencil and understand how they can deliver unexpected results and further your drawing abilities.

  • Increase your knowledge about the history and architecture of the Design Museum building and the local area.

Please note:
If the weather does not permit the workshop to take place outside, it will be delivered inside the museum.

Light refreshments and all materials will be supplied by the Design Museum.

Image credit: Hufton + Crow

Image credit: Luke Hayes

Image credit: Hufton + Crow

Please note: If it rains, the workshop will happen inside the museum.

Please note: If it rains, the workshop will happen inside the museum.


Wilson Yau

Yau is an artist and educator who specialises in teaching architectural drawing and history and has an MA in Design and Art in Education. For over 15 years, he has led creative workshops at other leading museums and at schools and community groups, including RIBA and the Zaha Hadid Foundation. Yau uses drawing to explore the urban environment and believes drawing is a powerful tool in visual literacy and wellbeing.

Booking information

Adult: £50
Early bird adult: £45
Student: £44
Early bird student: £40
Members: £40
Early bird members: £36

This workshop is suitable for all levels, including beginners.

Early bird tickets are available until 1 June.

Check out the Design Museum Academy refunds and cancellations policy here.

Background image: Wilson Yau's sketchbook.