Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

A cold then hot then windy then sunny day by Wentworth Falls lake. Late summer in The Blue Mountains at its best. Travel Sketchers came prepared, and we delved into the class. Today new sketchers learnt about how to simply sketch water. We usually always have water in our itinerary when we travel. A lake, an beach a river, a stream. They learnt the basics, and how to adjust techniques depending on location. Returning students learnt about watercolour techniques for sandstone, and practiced on the nearby sandstone sculptures in the reserve. We also had a play with brush pens and ink and dip pens. 

 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

We met this week at Big Beet cafe in Katoomba for some great coffee, and still life sketching. The class learnt about round shapes, and learning the Erin Hill method of keeping the tops and sides white. The more advanced students worked on cross hatching skills. One of my students who comes all the way from Orange for the class, brought the most delicious locally grown peaches thank you Alison! What a treat! After our exercises we headed to the park to learn how to sketch trees. Take a look at the fabulous results! I am always so impressed by what beginners are capable of so quickly. Also the magnolia tree was in bloom! Look at the magnificent sketches using cross hatching skills by the more advanced students. Just love them all. 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

We had a warm and friendly start to the year with 5 students returning, and 5 new sketchers starting for the first time. Coffee and tea, introductions to each other and we were ready to get cracking. The first week always has so much on. New sketchers were introduced to their sketch kits and and the first sketch was completed within an hour! General sketchers were given some revision and then it was time to sketch the local laneways before heading to The Conservation Hut for practice sketching ellipses, and adding colour off location using our colour blocking task as a prompt. Well done class on your first day of the year!

 

Sketch&Lunch-Vietnamese

The first Sketch&Lunch of the year was held in Sydney's Cabramatta. I absolutely love Cabramatta  and Vietnamese food, so this Sketch&Lunch day is one of my favourites. First we started with a Vietnamese coffee at the best Vietnamese cafe in town. Cafe Xua. The coffees taste pretty much just like a ca phe sua da you would buy in Vietnam. Ivy, the owner is a delight too. We learnt about Vietnamese herbs and sketched them in our food journals labelling with the Vietnamese names. Next we headed to the supermarket for a look at clay pots for cooking our recipe, and the best fish sauces to purchase. A sketch of the fish market was all about capturing the energy and the impression of the environment. We looked at perspective and repetition of shapes too. Much relief was felt as we walked into our air conditioned restaurant of choice to try our recipe of the day. Ca Kho To. Its a clay pot fish dish. The restaurant we visit does one of the best Ive tried, so here we enjoyed the food whilst sketching it! A fun day as always. If you would like to book for the next one, they are usually held on the last Monday of the month. email me at anna@erinhill.com.au

Open Day Fun

We had a wonderful Erin Hill Studio Blue Mountains Sketch Meetup and Open Day today at Big Beet Cafe in Katoomba. Blue Mountains students of 2017 were invited, and we had many students visit us from the Erin Hill Manly Studio too! A catch up for some of us that went of the Vietnam tour and some new friends made too. We warmed up our sketch books and are all ready as ever to begin sketching again for the year. Coffee, service and food is always good at Big Beet. Thankyou for hosting us!

 

Vietnam Sketching Holiday

Art Food Culture designs and leads tours in Vietnam. In December 2017 Anna Barnes designed, implemented and personally guided a tour for 12 Erin Hill Sketchers. She adapted her adventure, streetfood and cultural immersion tours to suit the needs of the Sketchers. She took them to varied and interesting locations to sketch daily, as well as to good coffee shops, food markets and  authentic restaurants throughout Hoi An. The itinerary included everything from a Vietnamese coffee in the locals only markets to lunch at The Intercontinental in Danang. They experienced talks by local artists Bridgett March and famous French photographer Rehahn who's projects recognise and empower the Ethic groups of Vietnam. The group were taken to see the Pottery Village, the Herb Gardens, the Fishing Village, the Silk Village and the historical buildings of the UNESCO town. They experienced a locally run cooking class amongst the bamboo huts in the Water Coconut village. A fun day was had with the locals paddling around in the basket boats. They had a chance to do some pottery on the wheel, explore the caves at Marble Mountain, watch the silk weaving process on traditional looms,  and wander and sketch the ancient Cham ruins of My Son. Early mornings saw the chance for them to join Anna on the streets for a locals breakfast, and evenings meant another chance to try the delicious street food. Many opted for the fabulous restaurants in the Old Town by the river under the pretty lanterns. Here are some of the highlights.

 

If you like the look of this tour, email to have your name put on the list for future Retreat and Workshop announcements. 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

Stunning views and glamorous location for a travel sketch class this week at The Hydro Majestic. This week we looked at every day objects. A bicycle. Then we put it in a scene, using perspective skills we learnt last week. Other students concentrated on clouds, atmosphere and capturing our stunning nature up here.

 

 

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Sketch&Lunch-Vietnamese

This month our Sketch&Lunch was held in Cabramatta featuring Vietnamese food. It was a rare scorcher of a day, and things certainly heated up in the markets! I took our students to one of the older more authentic cafes for a Ca Phe Sua Da (Vietnamese iced coffee). Here we sketched Vietnamese herbs.

We tasted , touched and smelt them first, then leant what the Vietnamese names were for them. Next we headed to Eastland Supermarket where my friend Thai (the owner) talked openly about meeting Luke Nguyen for dinner in Saigon this December and do I want to come?! Why don’t you come to Hoi An and meet the Erin Hill Sketching holiday group I insist?! We will sketch you both! Oh how jealous he made me.

We talked about rice noodles, and I helped students buy some key ingredients for a delicious Vietnamese Roast Chicken recipe I have given them. After a quick walk through the busy fruit, vegetable and seafood markets we headed to a relaxing spacious air-conditioned restaurant. Over a crispy Banh Xeo (Vietnamese pancake), some Vietnamese rice paper rolls and some prawns on sugarcane we sketched away, learning about how to capture the essence of the place, the food and how to roll rice papers!

Take a look at our fun filled day. Happy Sketching and tasting in new Places, Anna (your Blue Mountains and Western Sydney Erin Hill tutor). For enquiries about next years schedule please email anna at erinhillstudiobluemountains@gmail.com

 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

Week two and we review our first lesson and keep moving forward. Things are starting to become interesting. New ways of seeing, new ways of sketching. Quick impressions. Previous sketchers take on a strong individual style now. Lots of fun to be had as we really start to enjoy each others company. 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

A new term, welcome new students, and so nice to have returning students. This is Spring Sketching in The Blue Mountains. We will have all kinds of weather. Bring your hats and umbrellas. Lets get sketching. Lots of new skills to learn. This is not about talent, but about enjoying the process. Anybody can learn how to sketch. 

Sketch&Lunch-Malaysian

Today we tasted the delights of Malaysian food. After a wizz through the local asian mart pointing out the key ingredients used in Malay cuisine, we headed to a cafeteria/hawker style Malaysian restaurant for some roti canai, ice kacang and kaya on steamed buns. Lots of sketching here, including sketching our purchases of Malaysian ingredients from the mart. Next we headed through Parramatta to Ya-Malaysian. A friendly small Malaysian restaurant with authentic lunch specials.  I am a regular here, and it was fun for the owners to see our big table sketching their restaurant and food.

Tasty and aromatic. Lots of Indian and Chinese influences along with traditional Malay cuisine.

Email Anna to enquire or book at erinhillstudiobluemountains@gmail.com

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

Water and wet on wet. Loving our sketching time at The Fairmont. That great big fish tank is something to marvel at! We got the breif from the manly Studio, but water and winter and The Blue Mountains is not really our thing...so we sketched the resort pool from the cafe in from on the fire place ;-)