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Learn to draw street scenes that capture the energy of our urban environment with a drawing course in Sydney.

Urban Sketching is a course for people who want to draw the world around them.

Go on a journey with our professional artist to learn how to draw realistic street scenes and beautiful buildings. Visit cafes, parks and public spaces and work with a small group over two Saturdays. You will learn how to observe, compose, simplify a complex scene and create a strong focus. With only a sketchbook, pencil, sharpener and eraser, you are set to go.

The first session starts in our classroom, where you will meet the group before walking to the chosen locations for a day of drawing outdoors. For the second session, the group will meet at a pre-agreed location, usually within walking distance of Sydney CBD.

Optional: Depending on previous learning, you might wish to use other media and add some colour to the drawing. Please discuss your choice with the tutor first for the best result.

Course outcomes

At the end of this course, you will have:

  • an understanding of urban sketching as an art form and movement
  • been introduced to the fundamentals of a simple single-point and two-point perspective.
  • learned techniques for informal perspective using sighting and other observational tools.
  • explored tips and exercises to improve your observation skills.
  • been introduced to the fundamentals of using negative space in drawings.
  • improved your sketching through framing, ‘editing’, cropping and simplifying scenes.
  • used exercises to capture scenes rapidly and with immediacy.
  • understood the importance of capturing a sense of time and place.

More advanced learners may also have:

  • explored tonal value in the context of the built environment.
  • explored ways of incorporating figures into your sketches.

Ideal for

This course is designed for all levels of drawing ability. Beginners welcome.

Course content

  • Accurate observation
  • Simplify a complex scene
  • Perspective and composition
  • Proportion, volume, light and shade

Please come prepared

Please dress appropriately for the weather, wear walking shoes and bring:

  • A4 or A5 sketchbook
  • 2B and 4B pencils and sharpener
  • acrylic and kneadable erasers
  • water bottle, lunch/snacks

More experienced sketchers may like to also bring their favourite drawing materials, such as coloured pencils, markers, etc.

Additional information

The course will go ahead in most weathers, with undercover/indoor destinations used if it rains. We will only cancel if the weather is particularly inclement.

Classes

Urban Sketching: Drawing Course

<p><strong>Learn to draw street scenes that capture the energy of our urban environment with a <a href="https://www.sydneycommunitycollege.edu.au/courses/arts/drawing">drawing course</a> in Sydney.</

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$169 Limited inc GST / $135.20 / $152.10
Urban Sketching: Drawing Course

<p><strong>Learn to draw street scenes that capture the energy of our urban environment with a <a href="https://www.sydneycommunitycollege.edu.au/courses/arts/drawing">drawing course</a> in Sydney.</

...
$169 Limited inc GST / $135.20 / $152.10
Urban Sketching: Drawing Course

<p><strong>Learn to draw street scenes that capture the energy of our urban environment with a <a href="https://www.sydneycommunitycollege.edu.au/courses/arts/drawing">drawing course</a> in Sydney.</

...
$169 Limited inc GST / $135.20 / $152.10

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Our educators bring first-hand experience and knowledge, with up-to-the-minute practices from diverse industries.

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  • said: I really enjoyed this course because it built on a little knowledge of the subject that I already have. The places chosen for sketching and the advice given about choosing a subject were invaluable. I was able to see progress from my first sketch in the first session to my last one at the end of the course. I would certainly attend another course run by Ellie.

  • said: Ellie is a fantastic teacher. She patiently guided us through a range of useful exercises as well as giving us plenty of time to develop our our own sketches in and around Sydney's cbd streets and parks. All levels of drawing skill will find this course a great introduction to urban sketching and a fantastic precursor to joining an urban sketching meetup.

  • said: An excellent introduction from a first class teacher. Eli teaches some key skills and gives lots of encouragement and inspiration to each student. Loved it !

  • said: Relaxed learning experience and the outdoors.

  • said: The tutor (Ellie) had a great knowledge and was very encouraging and helpful to everyone in the class. The little tips and tricks I learnt have definitely helped build my confidence in urban sketching. I also enjoyed the locations we went to - it was a very pleasant way to spend a couple of Saturday mornings.

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