sketching out-and-about

This is a new idea that has developed from requests to go out and sketch on location. The benefits are that you get to practice observing and sketching people and places, and you have to work quickly and with a minimum of materials. The results might not always be pretty, especially at the beginning, but the practice will be so good for all of us!

The plan is to meet roughly twice a month somewhere away from the studio and to spend about 3 hours sketching. There will be a brief introduction each time on choosing subjects, maybe a handout on an aspect of sketching (e.g. basic tree shapes if we’re at an arboretum; basic animal shapes if we’re at the zoo; perspective; people, etc.) and we’ll share our work and discuss how each of us can improve.

You’ll need your own materials, but I can lend you some the first time you come. I suggest:

  • a small hard-backed sketchbook, (mine is 21×15 cm), with heavy-ish paper that will take watercolour without buckling
  • a 2B pencil
  • an eraser and a sharpener
  • If you like, a small watercolour kit (I suggest Cadmium Yellow, Light Ochre, Transparent Orange, Vermilion, Sap Green, Ultramarine Blue, Paynes Grey Bluish and Burnt Umber (Schmincke brand), (a neat little paintbox with these colours is available to buy online from Urban Sketching legend Jens Hübner here); and a Pentel Aquash brush, which has its own built-in water tank.

Locations and dates will be posted on this page and on the Facebook page (Art Workshops in English) a week or so in advance, and if the weather is cold or wet, we will meet at a museum, coffee shop or shopping centre. If you plan to join us, please let me know so I can contact you in case the plan changes.

The cost to attend is CHF 25.- and depending on where we meet there may be an entrance fee, or you’ll need to buy a cup of coffee if we’re in a cafe!

The first meeting will be at 10.00 on Wednesday March 7th in the coffee shop at the Landesmuseum, next to the Hauptbahnhof in Zurich. You don’t need to pay the museum entrance fee to visit the coffee shop.