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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
Please check list for what to bring
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
Please check list for what to bring

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Urban Sketching: Drawing Course

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Course testimonials:

  • 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.

  • said: Very enjoyable course with a small group... Ellie the tutor was very helpful and constructive. My only criticism is we got a slow start because we had to meet at the college and then walk to Hyde Park for the first session; it meant there was quite a long delay before we started sketching.

  • said: I enjoyed the two lessons very much. Elinor Pickard, the teacher is kind and patient. She is an experienced teacher and I have learnt a lot from her. I am also motivated and inspired by my classmates. They are all nice and friendly and I am too happy to recognise them. In fact, draw and paint on site is definitely a gorgeous experience, so relaxing and enjoyable with a group of friends or classmates. Wish such kind of activities could extend the duration.

  • said: Thoroughly enjoyed the class and learnt some new skills & techniques

  • 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 !

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