New York City 1 Day Beginner Class

  • October 19
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Room 814 at St Giles

    330 5th Avenue, New York, NY, 10001

$395 $349

6 in stock


Learn SketchUp the right way!

The class is meant for beginners. The day begins with the basics and sets you up for success to model quickly and effectively as well as break any bad habits picked up prior. Students will learn how to create and organize a space as well as understand presentation and exporting techniques.

Know before you go
Students should bring their own laptop, power cord, and mouse.

Students that purchase a class will receive:
6 months of access to our tutorial library. ($99 value)
Podium Browser when purchasing SU Podium. ($59 value)


Students may choose to install SketchUp Make (free) or SketchUp 2016 Pro (paid) before class. Previously versions are ok as well.


Morning: Learn the Basics (9 am – 12 pm)

This beginner class shows you the basics and creates a strong foundation to build upon and use SketchUp effectively. Learn the essentials of navigating SketchUp and the terminology of the program regardless of your design background.

  • Introduction: Welcome Screen, Templates, Toolbars
  • Drawing in 2D: Line, Rectangle, Circle, Polygon, Arc, Freehand
  • Lines & Inferencing
  • Massing a Model: Learn how to inferencing works in 3D as well as use the Follow-me tool to create complex profiles.
  • Measuring & Precision: Learn the essentials of drawing in your default units, using the Offset and Push/pull tools.
  • Guide me: Learn how to use guides to create window and door openings quickly.
  • Groups and Section: Learn why we create groups in the model and how to select objects and geometry.
  • Move, Rotate, Copy: Simple exercises that showcase these powerful tools.

Afternoon: Workflow and Presentation Tricks (1 pm – 4 pm)

This session expands on the skills from Session 1 and shows you how to apply them in techniques and exercises. Working files are included and help show how you can use the program in creating drawings and presentations.

  • Styles & Scenes: Learn how to create views and use styles within your model.
  • Navigating Around: Learn the ins and outs of orbit, perspectives, pan, etc.
  • Creating Groups & Components: Learn when to create components instead of groups.
  • Modeling Workflow: Learn how to approach modeling more complex spaces.
  • Section Cuts and 2D Views: Learn how to make orthographic views and section cuts and export them.
  • A Taste of LayOut: Learn the basics of creating a presentation with SketchUp’s paper-space program: LayOut. (This is a feature with SketchUp Pro)
Hila Manes

Daniel is very patient and his knowledge of sketch up is amazing, from every bug in the program and the ways to overcome them to all the amazing things it can do.
I highly recommend taking his class, the time goes by so fast, you don’t even realize you have been studying for hours.
Cannot say enough good things about this experience.

Hila Manes

Dan is incredibly patient, knowledgeable, and a great teacher. There is a tremendous amount to learn and Dan did a great job trying to impart that on us. Now it will be our turn to build muscle memory and improve our work flow with SketchUp.

Jeremy Hart

This was the best program instruction I have been a part of. The pace was perfect and so well explained I never needed to asks questions. It started from the bottom up. I have and will continue to recommend this class to others in my industry.

Jeremy HartAndersen Construction
Alison Corrie

Dan was very patient was able to give each student personalized attention. The amount of material covered was extensive but receiving links for plugins and other useful information is greatly appreciated. Would recommend the class to anyone!

Alison Corrie
Mike Matthews, CMP

Daniel Brown  has been a pleasure to work with from day one. The level of service Dan provides was evident even before I to signed up for his class, when he took the time to review my work and help me determine which training would be right for me. In the training, Daniel’s mastery of the subject matter was clear and he did a great job of keeping the training on track, while answering all participants questions throughout the day. He has even made himself available to answer follow up questions in days and weeks since taking the class. I highly recommend Daniel. I will definitely be reaching out to him again for my future training needs.

Mike Matthews, CMPDirector of Meeting and Event Planning, Showcall
Gene Graff

The class was fun, enjoyable, relaxed and interesting. Dan Brown is an excellent instructor and is a true master of the material.
I only wish we could stretch the course out over a week so we could practice more and work on a sample project.

Gene GraffSenior Project Designer, HDR
Arielle Allen

The Plugins and render tools were extremely helpful as well as the tips Dan gave on how to build more efficiently. Dan is a great teacher and is very patient. He does not continue to the next step unless the whole group is caught up.Dan was available for any questions via email or phone and responds very quickly. Overall I really enjoyed my training and would recommend to my fellow architect friends!

Arielle AllenJunior Architect, Gary Rosard Architect, PC
Michael Brennan, P.E.

Dan was great instructor. I especially like the classroom setting and the size of the class This lead to easy interaction with him as he presented the material.

Michael Brennan, P.E.
Natasha Nixon

Dan is a fantastic instructor. The class is a great beginner course & intro to the basics of SketchUp. The pace of the course was great, and gave me the confidence to navigate and use SketchUp for basic design purposes.

Natasha NixonArchitecture Coordinator, EYA

Cancellation Policy:
Due to the demand of classes and limited seats, if you are unable to attend a class, please let us know 1 week in advance of the scheduled class and we will give you a full refund or a credit for a future class.