Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

A divine Autumn day spent at The Fairmont Resort Leura. Students looked at capturing water with a wintery feel. We practiced different techniques for sketching water quickly yet effectively. We also had some fun with a biro and played with tone and form. 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

We always have an enjoyable day sketching at The Gingerbread House, Katoomba. Students learned about the basics of perspective, whilst revising their colour dropping skills. Afterwards we headed to the Katoomba Street Art Alley. A great place to sketch. We also had a play with the humble biro. Its a great yet simple sketching tool!

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

A wonderfully sunny day spent at The Manor House in Mount Victoria. Its being restored, and the new owners are fabulous. They have a great sense of style and everything is professionally run. We had the best coffee in a long time, and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. Sketching a close up, in Danny Gregory style, then moving on to a mid shot and then the grand building itself from a distance. 

 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

Another divine Autumn day. This week we spent our time by Wentworth Falls lake. Students learned about applying colour to a scene. Used their water colours for the first time, and practiced capturing a scene with water quickly, yet effectively. 

 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

The cold winds have started, so after a coffee at @bigbeetjuicebar we quickly captured the late Autumn streetscape before heading indoors to explore cluttered spaces, and learning about upcycling with sketchbooks. We also had a bit of fun sharing our favourite sketch tools.

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

Autumn colours, pots of tea, studio fire place, trees and winter citrus. Cozy mountain feels today at our Blue Mountains Introduction to Travel Sketching Class.

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

Autumn sketching in The Blue Mountains. Simplifying vistas and "colour dropping" to capture the Autumn colours. What a beautiful day we had in Blackheath.

 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

Term 2 has begun and here is how the new sketchers enjoyed their morning. Thanks  to @conservationhut for delicious coffee and wonderful service. Take a look at those flower sketches done in the studio. Very impressive for first time sketchers don't you think?

 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

The students whom have already completed the Introduction course and have returned term after term had an extra lesson today. It was a wet dark day in The Mountains, so we stayed in the studio and explored styles and mediums with the over arching theme of "animals". Looking at the many different sketchers and illustrators in already published books (many of them childrens books) as well and testing out new materials such as a giant set of coloured pencils took them to new places. Do you really want to be a studio artist? How much time to spend on a travel sketch? What level of detail is needed so I am happy with my sketch? The free and simple sketches have movement and joy, how to make sure I can achieve that? We drank tea and shared homemade cookies and fresh fruit. A lovely way to end Term 1. Now taking bookings for Term 2 here

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

We challenged ourselves for our final class of the term. It was time to put those sketching skills to the true test. We went travelling. Meeting at Katoomba station and travelling to Mount Victoria via train was a fun thing to do. Sketchers learned about page design, capturing the essence and telling the story of our travels simply via vignettes. The beginnings of life long travel sketching has commenced. Its been a fun class with new friendships formed and many students returning next term to further advance their skills. you can book an ErinHill Travel Course in The Blue Mountains here