Blue Mountains classes


Welcome to Erin Hill Sketching Blue Mountains 

In 2017 we are proud to offer you sketching classes in the scenic Blue Mountains. Our talented tutor Anna Barnes  hosts our Blue Mts Sketch Classes – in a variety of wonderful sketching locations unique to this area.

Classes & timetable

Term 2 ’17 April 24 – July 10 (10 weeks)

Tuesday New Sketchers – 9.30AM – 12.30PM with Anna
Thursdays General class – 9.30AM – 12.30PM with Anna

Term 3 ’17 July 18 – Sept 23 (10 weeks)

Tuesday New Sketchers – 9.30AM – 12.30PM with Anna
Thursday General class – 9.30AM – 12.30PM with Anna
Saturday New Sketchers 9AM – 12NOON with Anna

Term4 ’17 Oct 9 – Dec 16 (10 weeks)

Tuesday New Sketchers – 9.30AM – 12.30PM with Anna
Thursdays General class – 9.30AM – 12.30PM with Anna
Saturday New Sketchers 9AM – 12NOON with Anna
Saturday General class 1PM – 4PM with Anna

Our Sketch locations

We start in a character cafe or in our home studio each week  with warmups and technique, focussing on the subject of the week.  We call this ‘Village Sketching’ and we meet at a different village cafe every week. This way, over the 10 weeks,  we will always sketch the best of the magnificent locations that  Blue Mountains has to offer. Classes begin with coffee and chat, then after we’ve sketched our still life, off we go to sketch what we see around us, always guided by your tutor.
Each week Anna will let you know where to meet. The best fun, so relaxing with likeminded people, and a skill which you’ll use forever.


$385 for 10 week course.
$150 for Sketch Kit ( one-off cost)

Bookings for 10week classes –

Sketch & Bake Classes
Mondays (every 2 months) 10am – 2pm with Anna. We have a different baking theme each time, ranging from pastry and pies, bread and loaves, light desserts and so on. All the ingredients used, including your tea or coffee are sourced from local makers and suppliers.
Next Sketch&Bake – Monday June 5 –  Fresh Apple Pies & Pastry
For more info and Sketch&Bake dates

$135 p.p.
Bookings – please email

Private Group “Sketch Your Cake”
3 hours with Anna, helping to make your cakes, decorate, sketch and eat.
By appointment. Min 4 people.
Your very own private lesson or special celebration morning.
Perfect for a Hen’s Morning, Bridal Shower, or birthday treat.
Make some of the famous Sugar Merchant Cakes, sold locally in cafes.
While the log fire keeps you warm, sketch your cakes and recipes or still life prepared for you, and enjoy a coffee from the locally roasted beans of The Little Coffee Company, or a freshly brewed organic tea from The Blue Mountains Tea Co.
Take home a little box of your own cakes, and if you would like to wear and take home a gorgeous “Laughing Bird Studio” locally printed blue mountains apron, let me know and I will order them for your special day.

Adults $125pp  Young people under 12yrs $75pp

Bookings – please email

Sketch&Lunch Day Trips.
We have introduced a completely new way to combine your passion for both sketching and great food, or perhaps just enjoying the cultural side. Last Monday each month.

Anna Barnes with ErinHill Sketching has created our  Sketch&Lunch Days. Anna has studied Fine Arts and Social Anthropology, has her Masters in Design Science and was a top chef in Sydney’s restaurants for 25 years. She is also a very passionate sketcher and trained Erin Hill Tutor. She is particularly fond of all cuisines and is keen to share lunch with you.
For more info on Sketch&Lunch Days
For enquiries and bookings

About Travel Sketching

Anybody can learn to sketch with the ErinHill approach! Leave your fears at the door. We will show you step by step how to go about it. Before long you will seeing the world in a new way.

These are not your traditional drawing, illustration or painting classes. Rather a sketch is that simple impression, as you see it in the moment, no matter how wibbly wobbly!  No right or wrong. We have a way of leading you step by step through a program which will have you sketching in your first lesson.

We also get you to work quickly. Time is always limited when you travel so we teach you to sketch in however little time you have. No previous experience needed. Lots of laughs and lots of fun.

If you haven’t sketched with us before, join a 10 week New Sketcher course.

There are 3 parts to all our weekly classes, although we may vary the plan depending on location and weather.

  1. We begin in a character cafe with warmup and techniques sketches.
  2. Go out on location sketching our subject of the week.
  3. Complete the class for a coffee and catchup nearby.

We work through a program over the term to give you the core skills needed. You’ll also learn to apply colour in a very simple way. Rather than teaching you to paint, we show you how to apply loose colour to a confident sketch.

About your tutor – Anna Barnes

Anna has long been a traveller and sketcher (and trained chef! with a great interest in recording visually her journeys). She now bring that passion and skill as a qualified Erin Hill Tutor to the classes and is now managing and tutoring in the Blue Mountains EHS studio.

Anna will also lead our Vietnam EHS Sketch Holiday in December 2017

› Read more about Anna here

Bookings & enquiries