Urban Sketching: Pen & Wash Course

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Learn to sketch with pen and wash ith our drawing courses in Sydney.

Learn how to capture your world in a sketchbook with this urban sketching course.

Explore your city with a professional artist to capture street scenes, beautiful buildings and public spaces in sketched compositions – then bring them to life with the tone and texture of watercolour wash. You’ll develop and practice your outdoor urban sketching skills while learning new techniques to create depth and focus in your drawings. You will have the opportunity to explore different sketching styles, practice capturing a sense of time and place – and the value of your personal response – in your compositions.

Once mastered, this truly portable art form is a great skill to take travelling, or to explore your own environment through visual journaling.

The session starts in our classroom, where you will meet the group before walking to the chosen locations for a day of drawing outdoors.

Ideal for…

This course is designed for a range of drawing abilities. It is recommended that students have previously completed Urban Sketching - Drawing or Drawing for Beginners or have some drawing experience.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this class, you will have:

  • refreshed your knowledge of basic rules of perspective in the built environment.
  • built confidence in using washes by progressing through single, two colour and limited palette washes.
  • learned how to use colour washes to create a sense of depth and focus, and to capture local colour.
  • learned the fundamentals of tonal value in the context of the built environment.
  • used drawing exercises to explore different sketching styles.
  • understood the importance of capturing a sense of time and place, and the value of your personal response.
  • learned to make better-informed decisions about equipment.
  • learned tips for creating more confident line styles.
  • explored approaches for producing journals.

Course content

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

Please come prepared

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Coloured paints will be provided.

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.

Sydney Community College 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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Urban Sketching: Pen & Wash Course

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$169 Limited inc GST / $135.20 / $152.10
Special spring theme: "Jacarandas"

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Course testimonials:

  • said: I enjoyed trying new techniques, a great teacher and friendly group of people and a day of near normality in these scary times.

  • said: I thoroughly enjoyed the class. It was at all times a relaxed & friendly atmosphere. Eleanor was a wonderful teacher. I enjoyed the classroom experience with desks to get established on & resources & books at hand. The rooftop & the park were good to draw from and the close proximity gave more time to spend on the task at hand. I will be back for more classes.

  • said: Great course - lots of really helpful feedback - feel like I extended skills in a new way

  • said: Great course and lovely teacher who was very supportive and knowledgeable. A very enjoyable day of sketching and painting was had. Well done!

  • said: Elinor is a very approachable, skilled and generous teacher, very engaged with her work... I learned so much, and it was great fun. The classroom and excursion outside to the park were excellent - the only problem with the venue was the lift, which stopped with my friend who has special mobility needs in it.

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