Urban Sketching - Drawing

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Course description

Learn Urban Sketching 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 in Sydney and learn how to draw realistic street scenes and beautiful buildings. Visit cafes, parks and public spaces and discover how to draw the interiors of buildings. 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.

Ideal for…

This course is designed for all levels of drawing ability.

Course content
  • Accurate observation
  • Simplify a complex scene
  • Perspective and composition
  • Proportion, volume, light and shade
Learning outcomes

At the end of this Drawing Class, you will have:

  • an understanding of urban sketching as an art form and movement
  • been introduced to the fundamentals of 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
Please come prepared

Please dress appropriately for the weather, and bring:

  • A4 or A5 sketch book
  • 2B and 4B pencils and sharpener
  • acrylic and kneadable erasers

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

Other 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.

  • Students are eligible for a 10% discount at:
  • Tillys Art Supplies, Darling St, Rozelle
  • Newtown Art Supplies, King St, Newtown
  • Eckersley’s Art, 93 York Street, Sydney CBD ph. 02 9299 4151

Just show a copy of your course enrolment confirmation.

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Course testimonials:

  • Jan said: Elinor spent time with each student - her positivity and ability to adjust to the needs of all students was much appreciated - as was her encouraging manner. Thoroughly recommend.

  • Matthew said: Ellie was great!

  • Laura said: An excellent tutor for raw beginners like me, and a really enjoyable course.

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