Sketch Classes Term 2 ’12

Sketching at MCA

You will see below Sketch Class pics and reviews for many of Term 2 2012 Classes.

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THURSDAY JULY 5

We were on Term Holidays so some of us decided to have a little ‘culture’ and visit the MCA and see part of the Biennale, plus selected Australian Contemporary painters. One of the very first installations we were keen to see was ‘The Mending Project’ with hundreds of giant reels of coloured threads attached to the wall, and the threads from each leading to a table of items including teddy bears, all having been ‘mended’. Leonie was so enthralled and handed her scarf to Lee Mingwei who then added some decorative little threads and details to it.

You then leave it on the display and pick up in 3 months. So fascinating. A way of artist and viewer communicating together. The subject doesn’t matter, you just find out a little about another’s world.We explored all 3 levels and met up at lunch on the 4th floor. This cafe has a view of Sydney nobody should miss.All of us sat sketching the views and people around us, and feeling so lucky to able to be in such a place. Our own backyard.

Next Thursday July 12 – Cockatoo Island Visit.

.Our Sketchbooks at MCA

Above. Thursday July 5. Our sketchbooks at MCA.

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TUESDAY JUNE 26 ’12.

Our monthly ‘Sketch your Cake’ at Bather’s Pavilion was on again this week. Jacquie chose a yoghurt and honey confit confection of a dessert this time. When a bite was taken out of it we all decided it made a better and more enticing sketch. Therese managed all 3 levels on her cake stand and ate each as the sketch was done. Jenny’s favourite sketch was the scone with fresh clotted cream and raspberry puree. All so beautiful to look at, and to sketch and finally to gobble.

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Thursday June 28. Sketching each other.
Thursday June 28. Sketching each other.
Thursday June 26. Victorian & Federation details, & Foundry 53 Cafe.
Thursday June 26. Victorian & Federation details, & Foundry 53 Cafe.
Thursday June 28. At work at Foundry 53 Cafe.
Thursday June 28. At work at Foundry 53 Cafe.

THURSDAY JUNE 28 ’12

For the final week of Term 2 we did 5 minute people sketches as our Studio warm-ups using a coloured pen instead of black. Just a little out of our comfort zone here. We sketched whoever was next to us until we had done each person. Everyone then picked one to add some colour in either coloured pencil or watercolour. Elaine B. had her gorgeous 13yr old grand daughter Raven with her and she decided to join in the sketching. You’ll see her red hat featuring, plus her sketches of ‘Nanny’.

Then it was along to a new cafe on Pittwater Rd, among some classic Manly buildings. The cafe is big open & glass style, with a sunny outdoor seating courtyard. It’s big enough to have several community tables and that is perfect for us. Some did the old homes across the street and some the cafe settings around us. All honing up ones observation skills in perspective. Once explained it all makes sense and everyone is ‘getting it’ now.

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Friday June 29. Ourselves
Friday June 29. Ourselves
Friday June 29. Food & Architecture
Friday June 29. Food & Architecture

FRIDAY JUNE 29 ’12

The last Friday for the term and we had some fun sketching each other, in any colour but black. For some reason sketching ‘people’ seems to bring a groan! However by doing fast sketches and several of them, one soon gets the proportions working well. We’re not doing anything more than getting the character of the person, sitting, leaning or whatever. They all looked great and everyone felt quite pleased with their efforts. Well if you don’t try………..

Well it’s going to be goodbye to Monica, and Elaine McK for a while. We wish them the best and hope we’ll see some sketches at least. Cathy will be in Vietnam, and Karen in Canada and back to Perisher, but will be with us in Term 3. Ethna and Robbie were both missed this week but we know they’ll be fighting fit soon. Hopefully we’ll see some of our other travellers with us again, and we have some new faces about to join us too.

Just so you can keep up with the fun of doing something on Thursdays, we have an outing to the MCA on Thursday July 6, and Cockatoo Island for the Biennale on Thursday July 13. Let me know if you’d like to join us. I’ll email everyone anyway.

Happy sketching till next time.

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Tuesday June 19 Tea set by Jackie

Tuesday June 19. Tea set by Jackie

Thursday June 21 Class. Teapots
Thursday June 21 Class. Teapots
Thursday June 21 Class. St Matthews on the Corso
Thursday June 21 Class. St Matthews on the Corso
Thurs 21. Church done now for some Tourists
Thurs 21. Church done now for some Tourists
Thurs 21. Now for a few Christians and I'm done.
Thurs 21. Now for a few Christians and I’m done.
Thurs 21. Can I get it all in?
Thurs 21. Can I get it all in?
Thurs 21. Coffee on the garbage bin
Thurs 21. Coffee on the garbage bin
Thurs 21. All you need is a post to lean on and you can sketch anywhere
Thurs 21. All you need is a post to lean on and you can sketch anywhere

THURSDAY JUNE 21 ’12

This week was Tea pots and tea cups still life set ups. Two different ones to choose. Plenty of elipses and round shapes with cast shadows and light to take in. A challenge.

Jackie from the Tuesday class chose the blue and white. Just her 4th class and did very well. See top.

For Thursday the table with the small Japanese set had the water soluble wax crayons to add their colour. Swap that over for next week. Everyone did very well with matching the elipses and observations were working well when comparing sizes of the items.

We then sketched St Matthews on the Corso. We’d hoped there’d be a Wedding or funeral going on so we could sketch the interior, but alas no. The idea then was to make the doors slightly ajar, making it more inviting as your eye is led to the doorway – the focus.

Colour was added at Three Beans cafe as it’s opposite and still possible to get your colour reference. Aways a lovely way to complete a lesson, a great coffee a tasty lunch and good company.

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Friday June 22 Class. Teapots
Friday June 22 Class. Teapots
Friday June 22Class. St Matthews
Friday June 22Class. St Matthews
Friday June 22. Table decor by Elaine McK
Friday June 22. Table decor by Elaine McK
Friday June 22 class at lunch. Interpolitan Cafe.
Friday June 22 class at lunch. Interpolitan Cafe.

FRIDAY JUNE 22 ’12

Two tables to choose a teapot still life from today. Even though some are new to sketching, everybody does whatever the setup of the day is. A little more explanation may be needed of course, but everyone benefits from hearing over again the way to begin. We all need reminding every time we sketch. The main thing is to take the time to observe the height and width of the still life and where you plan to put it on your page.

Sketching St Matthews on The Corso today was pretty chilly. Most of us grabbed a coffee to start, then we headed to Interpolitan Cafe to complete the works. Luckily David had arrived first to get a warm inside spot. Hot drinks and warm soup were among the lunch choices and while we waited a sketch of the interior was on the menu. There is a trick to sketching your coffee and still drinking it hot!

Elaine chose to stay inside at Three beans and did a delightful table decor sketch, which I’m sure was making her think of Fiji, as she sat with her woolly hat and coat on! Another fun week.

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Friday June 15 Flower sketch
Friday June 15 Flower sketch

FRIDAY JUNE 15 ’12

Welcome to Annie who joined us today. A lovely vibrant first sketch and nice use of colour on the yellow hibiscus flower set-up. Nice to welcome Elaine McK. back from a warm and relaxing holiday in Fiji. She hasn’t lost her touch with her little still life of mixed ‘over the fence’ picked flowers. She’s on a promise to bring in the Fiji sketches next week. We had a fun lunch at La Bas with table sketches (in our books not on the table!) and much conversation.

Annie and I then walked further along past the old Salvation Army building to see the new space Raglan Gallery has moved into. The best part for us is a big new cafe opening tomorrow next door. Another one for us to try and to sketch the houses along there.

Next Friday we have David from Nelson Bay joining us again, and Monica will be back from the Whitsundays. Robbie has a new elbow operation but finds sketching may still be possible. Cathy has been to Byron Bay and we should see her cheery smile again soon. Our Friday group really gets around.

Marina from Thursday class is due back from Europe soon so we’ll see sketches from her as she is a truly dedicated Sketcher.

Nice to hear from Jennette in Canada. It’s coming into summer there so it’s looking inviting to sketch the farm now she says. We look forward to her being back in our classes again.

Liz are you out there? Are you sketching in the UK and elsewhere. Be nice to see what you’ve been up to.

I will show some work from the Tuesday evening class in the upcoming week.

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THURSDAY JUNE 14 ’12

Thursday June 14 Class. Kidstuff Toys
Thursday June 14 Class. Kidstuff Toys

Alissa's  Studio sketch of Polie Bear

Sesame stack at Kidstuff. By Alissa.
Sesame stack at Kidstuff. By Alissa.
Hard working toy Sketchers
Hard working toy Sketchers, Elaine and Karen
Among the Fairy costumes
Among the Fairy costumes
Alissa gets down to it
Alissa gets down to it in Sesame St.
Lunch & Sketch
Lunch & Sketch

THURSDAY  JUNE  14 ’12

We had Alissa visit us today to show her lovely ‘almost every day’ sketches and show different ways she uses colour. This seemed a very nice way to show how big and varied the world of sketching is. In the beginning you are unaware what a wonderful world you are entering. Rather like our subject this week – toys.

In the studio we had bears on one table and dolls on the other. Not quite human in their proportion so still an  exercise in observation. We then had our ususal trot down the hill ( 4 days of rain had stopped) to ‘Kidstuff’ a lovely large toyland filled with colour and shapes and cuteness to burn. Furry faces, big eyes, stacks on the mill everywhere. Back to our childhood. Five years old again. Lunch was a chance to add some colour and enjoy time to see what everyone had done. Always nice to see other styles and approaches. Then it was goodbye to Alissa and her wonderfully inspiring sketches which we all learned a great deal from.

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Friday June 8 ’12

Hibiscus Sketches, line and watercolour pencil
Hibiscus Sketches, line and watercolour pencil
From Ciao Bello Cafe Manly Cove
From Ciao Bello Cafe Manly Cove

FRIDAY JUNE 8 ’12

A small group, Robbie, Cathy and Monica, but thrilled to be producing such colourful sketches after only a class or two. We are staying with watercolour pencils with a swish of waterbrush just to get the hang of it. We’ll do other techniques in the next few lessons.

Then it was a brisk walk down the hill to find a seat at a watersedge table, and sketch whatever felt like the ‘essence’ of this place. Happy sunny sketches indeed.

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Thursday June 7 ’12

Line sketches with Inktense pencils & water

THURSDAY JUNE 7 ’12

We had a loan of Elaine’s Inktense pencils, so we wanted to try a flower sketch and use the pencils for adding colour. You think at first there’s not much between the watercolour pencils and these. But just wait till you run a few strokes of waterpen over a few places. Wow. You can certainly see the intense colour then. Put your sunglasses on.

Then for the next part of class it was a 10 minute walk to Hemmingway’s cafe opposite the beach. We’d been there last term when it was an incredibly rainy day. Not today.( had that Tuesday ) Coolish but clear blue skies. Definitely a writer’s look to the place and menus stuck inside redundant World Encyclopedias. Great sketches too with captive lunchers- is that a word?- absorbed in their beef and pickle sandwiches as models.

Congratulations to Jacquie with the news coming through while she was sketching, that daughter Sarah was flying home to be with her and announce their engagement. We all had a tear in our eye. We love romance! Hope the weekend is fabulous.

Hope the ones who are travelling are enjoying Fiji, Italy and UK. And hello to our 2 in Canada. We expect to see the sketches of course.

Sketch session at Hemmingway's
Coffee & Sketch session at Hemmingway’s
Jacquie sketching space
Jacquie sketching space

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Thursday May 31st

Twig sketches with Ink
Twig sketches with Ink
'Wee little Twig' sketches 1
‘Wee little Twig’ sketches 1
'Wee little Twig' sketches 2
‘Wee little Twig’ sketches 2
At the bus stop
At the bus stop
Sketches of Victorian Terrace. Top  Karen, Julie, Jenny, Jacquie, Ethna, Elaine
Sketches of Victorian Terrace. Top Karen, Julie, Jenny, Jacquie, Ethna, Elaine

We tried out twig sketches using inks today. The subject was a flower still life. Not too much can go wrong there. Twigs are wonderful little dip pens when used with inks. Great for loosening up as you don’t know what the lines will be like, so you let them decide what will happen.

We added second or third colours and black line, and finally some watercolour pencil. Some gorgeous effects – or perhaps illustrations by now. People commented how they had a Japanese feel to them.

The 2nd part of our class was to sketch part or all of the newly renovated/restored Victorian Terrace House , ‘Ilchester’ opposite Manly Wharf. The bus stop was a nice spot to look across to it and observe all it’s detail. Everybody nailed it. Each it’s own little story and colours to suit. Watercolour pencils were todays choice for colour.

Lunch was inside one of the 2 cafes newly opened and more than happy to have a group like us to dine. This was Mira Japanese Restaurant. Our food choices were all very sketchable, but hunger took over! but everyone thought their choices were delicious.

©ErinHill2012

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