Urban sketching Rome.

Urban sketching Rome.

Long live Rome.
Discover and experience Rome during our dynamic Urban sketching holiday with a group of friendly and like-minded people in a casual atmosphere.
We, Mariët Bloemendal from “Volg de Rode Schoentjes” and visual artist / Urban Sketcher Kelly Medford would like to invite you to go on an Urban sketching holiday through this great metropolis.

Traveling solo on holiday, but rather not being alone during your trip? Are you creative and do you like drawing and painting? Do you enjoy Italian art, drawing and history? Do you dream of experiencing Rome differently?
If you are looking for an inspiring Urban sketching holiday in Italy, this week is for you.

Both the novice and the advanced draftsman will learn new skills and after a week everyone will go home with a unique travel diary.
With the sketchbook on your lap, you will see Rome with different eyes and convey these unique discoveries on paper. Antique buildings, works of art, churches, the people around you, the daily espresso or that one pigeon on the fountain: everything you see and experience can be included in your personal travelogue.

Unique to this Urban sketching safari:

  • Working in the open air among people in special places in Rome.
  • Top teacher and visual artist Kelly Medford living in Rome
  • Kelly is the founder of Sketching Rome Tours and Rome Urban Sketchers
  • All workshops and equipment of good quality.
  • Stool and backpack.
  • Painting set including paint, chalk, pencil, fineliners and diary.
  • Small group with a lot of personal attention.
  • Volg de Rode Schoentjes is available 24 hours a day.
  • Stay in a centrally located location in Rome.
Date 2021:
March 20 to March 27
June 5 to June 12
August 28 to September 4
October 23 to October 30

Spots still available

Mariët Bloemendal.

Urban Sketching Rome

Ciao, I am Mariët Bloemendal, the creative mastermind and passionate Italy expert of “Volg de Rode Schoentjes”.
Volg de Rode Schoentjes specializes in extraordinary experience and discover holidays in Italy.
My mission is to let you enjoy authentic central Italy in a special way. Far away from mass tourism, I organize and create a base in which you will discover and experience a real Italian holiday.
Curious who I am? I cordially invite you to read more about me via my blog.
Last summer I had an interview with Libelle magazine. Article Libelle and at the beginning of this year in the magazine Zin.

Kelly Medford

Kelly Medford Urban Sketching Rome Volg de Rode Schoentjes

American artist Kelly Medford was born in 1977 in Washington DC.
In 2004 she won a scholarship to study classical drawing at the Florence Academy of Art. Kelly packed her things and moved to Italy never to leave. With her easel, paint and brushes under her arm or on the back of her bicycle, she went to explore and discover Italy after her studies. She made her most beautiful works with oil and watercolors outside on the street in various cities. As the current organizer of the Rome Urban Sketchers and founder of Sketching Rome Tours, she focuses on working and teaching Urban Sketching in Rome. In addition, she has been teaching at the School of Visual Arts in Rome since 2016 and her own work is in private collections in the United States and Europe.

Urban Sketching

What is Urban sketching?

Urban sketching is relatively new and lives all over the world in cities, towns or while traveling. The sketches are meant to be a “literal” reflection of reality.
All sketches are drawn on location in Rome and tell your story about the area.
The goal: to create an impression of a building, landscape or object in Rome.
Everyone looks at the world in a unique way and you can see that in the sketches. Grab your pencil, brush and your diary, go on safari and enjoy!


Day to day program.

The days on which the program is offered may vary due to circumstances, but essentially we follow the program below. We are flexible with regard to wishes and proposals for this week, but these must fit within the program and budget.

The mornings are all about working in your diary and discovering together and wandering through beautiful Rome. Every place has a story, a story, a legend. We visit the place where we will meet Kelly in the afternoon after lunch and go to work.

Day 1: Saturday
Arrival day: From 4 pm. Recover from the journey and in the evening a joint welcome dinner in a cozy Roman trattoria.

Day 2: Sunday: Ancient Rome.
After breakfast we start our Urban sketching safari in ancient Rome. We will work at the Colosseum (the largest amphitheater from Roman times) and the Roman Forum. In the heyday of the Roman Empire, the forum was the political, legal, religious and commercial center of the city. We record Ancient Rome from the imperial period in our diary.
We have a picnic somewhere along the way with our own homemade packed lunch.

Day 3: Monday: Jewish Ghetto & Piazza Navona.
In the morning we will go to the Jewish Ghetto and visit the Piazza Navona.
We have a picnic in a park near the Largo di Torre Argentina (the cat forum) and after lunch the first sketching stop. Fontana delle Tartarughe , in other words the Turtle Fountain. This fountain is located in Piazza Mattei and is arguably the most beautiful fountain in Rome.
Then we go to Piazza Navona. In the middle of this Piazza, Bernini’s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, the Four Rivers Fountain, shines. There are also two fountains at both ends of the square. Beautiful examples of sculpture by Jacopo della Porta, each with their own story.

Day 4: Tuesday: Castel Sant’Angelo and St. Peter’s
While sketching and drawing, we will visit St. Peter’s and its beautiful square. We take our drawing spot along the Tiber, at the Castel Sant’Angelo and the Angel Bridge. It is also a lot of fun to observe and record the people, tourists in the square. In short, an inspiring painting day.
We eat our own lunch along the Tiber.

Day 5: Wednesday:
After breakfast there is the opportunity to do your own thing. Do you want to enter Rome or continue with your diary?

Day 6: Thursday: Villa Borghese and Fellini
Our Urban sketching safari today takes us to Villa Borghese a public park in Rome. If you want to work with something new, be inspired by everything the 80-hectare city park has to offer. In addition to the landscaped gardens, various museums, pavilions and sculptures also have a beautiful view of Rome. But of course you can also work out all the material from the past days.
A wonderful place to enjoy our lunch.
At the end of the afternoon we descend via Piazza del Popolo to Via Margutta past Fellini’s house, the maestro of Italian cinema. For Fellini, Rome’s house Via Condotti was a long corridor and Piazza del Popolo a drawing-room.

Day 7: Friday: Trastevere.
Across the street from the Tiber. Characteristic Italian streets and the center of the district the fountain at the Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere. The surrounding terraces and the activity make it a nice final Urban sketching safari day. We conclude with dinner in one of the Roman restaurants in the area.

Day 8: Saturday Departure
The Urban sketching safari has flown by and after breakfast our roads will part at 10:00 am.


You stay in an attractive apartment with its own room, shower and toilet in an old monastery complex in the metropolis of Rome, among the locals. This monastery complex is centrally located. From the apartment we go on an Urban sketching safari.


Rome is easily accessible with low-cost airlines, such as easyjet , Ryanair or Transavia. For other airlines you can look at the flight-low-cost page. The earlier you book, the cheaper the ticket.

Gerard Gerelings

Urban Sketching Safari Rome

What an experience that week in Rome!
I know Rome pretty well, But this time I went with for the first time Stephan Peters and the co-registrants ao Renee Damstra sitting in 2 places every day to take a good look at what can be seen, how the sun shines, how shadows move, what people do.

An enriching experience that I certainly would not
have wanted to miss. The safari offered me more than I could have expected.
The care of the materials was arranged down to the last detail. I never missed anything.
And Stephan van PENPaints Art paintings is a born teacher, friendly, accessible and he gives every participant equal attention and useful suggestions.
A working week to remember. Heartily recommended!

Renee Damstra

Urban Sketching safari Volg de Rode Schoentjes 6 e1542733908187

This was a great week full of creativity and joy, in which I saw a lot and learned to look at it even better! The video shows all that very well: it has become beautiful, Mariet !

Ciao ik ben Mariët Bloemendal de creatieve duizendpoot en gepassioneerde Italië expert van “Volg de Rode Schoentjes”.

“Volg de Rode Schoentjes” heeft zich gespecialiseerd in bijzondere beleef en ontdek vakanties in midden Italië. Ver weg van massatoerisme ontzorg, organiseer en creëer ik een basis waarin jij een echte Italiaanse vakantie gaat ontdekken en beleven. Correspondent “de Wereld” BNNVARA op NPO1.
Winnaar van de Benelux Enterprise Award Best Specialist Italian Holiday agent 2020. Nieuwsgierig geworden met wie je op vakantie gaat? Ik stel me graag aan je voor.

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