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.

Sketch&Lunch-Indian

We ate dosa and idly whilst learning about the essential travel sketching skills. Indian beats play in the background, spices waft, and brand new aquarelles were our tools. Take a look at what absolute beginners can do! We also had Pete sketching on his ipad pro with an apple pencil.

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?

 

Sketch&Lunch-Korean

We met on a gorgeous sunny day in Eastwood. First I took our group to a friendly local pop up market where the vendors sell a variety of fresh seasonal fruits and veg. The energy of this market means we had plenty to capture. We tackled 1 point perspective, scribbling simple human forms and getting a sense of the depth of the space amongst the hustle and bustle.  It was a 15 minute sketch, then off to some street food. Topokki in Korea is one of the most popular streetfoods. Its made with the dense chewy cylindrical rice cakes, plently of gochujang (a fermented rice chilli paste) and this version had cabbage and fish cakes in it as well. Some of us loved it, and some were happy to sketch and leave their portion behind! Korean food is one of those cuisines that does not always win everybody over immediately!

Next we headed to the Korean side dish store where we choose from a great big variety of classic Korean side dishes that are typically eaten with every family meal. This shop also sells a big variety of kim chi. After I filled my Erin Hill Sketching bag with a fermented things such as chillies and lotus roots and dried radish, we headed to a sweet little dumpling house for handmade dumplings. Here we had a relaxing sit and sketch and talked about all things Korean food, whilst looking at tone, colour, shape and perspective in our sketches. 

Finally it was time for cake and coffee. Those who were still game tried the sweet potato latte, the yam latte, the citron tea and the red bean cinnamon pumpkin buns. Those who had experienced enough of a new cuisine for a little while were happy with a cafe latte. All delicious, and a fun group and happy day! Take a look at out sketches below. We also had a sketcher who was using his ipad and an apple pencil. Wonderful results for a brand new sketcher! Well done everybody. 

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

 

Nature Journal

The joy of The Blue Mountains in Autumn has been felt already. The fungi has popped up, the clear blue skies, the cooler days and the smell of wet earth as the drizzle and mist comes more often. Capturing my days in a journal is like writing a gratitude list. Its refocussing my attention to all that is delightful about life. 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

A misty Autumn day put a stop to our plans to draw the views over the Valley from The Hydro Majestic in Medlow Bath! We are blessed to have such a gorgeous venue to immerse ourselves in, all the while drinking great coffee and enjoying delicious food. The cabinets and gift shop are full of curiosities from bygone days, and we certainly explored our abilities to create vintage colours and some wonderful nostalgic sketching pages. The new sketchers tackled the sketching of a rattan bike up on a shelf. They did well! 

 

Nature Journal

The joy of walking in the bush. The smell after rain. The new flower, spotting a butterfly, a Lyrebird scratching in the leaf litter, the sound of the Black Cockatoo. Curiosity has been awakened and nourished. Regeneration is happening. This is why I journal. This is life. 

 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

We had a great day learning how to sketch people in a popular tourist spot near The Three Sisters at Echo Point, Katoomba. Always lots of people about at The Lookout Cafe. It rained the whole day, so the travel sketchers stayed indoors, ordered coffee and had a ball. Take a look at what they achieved!

 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

The fun thing about learning to travel sketch is learning how to sketch the basics that we come across frequently on our travels. Houses and buildings change in appearance the world over, however the basics of perspective remain the same. The class this week were challenged by "1 point" perspective and "eye level" perspective. I am impressed by how well their sketches came out. Take a look at our fun day!

 

Sketch&Lunch-Malaysian

February was Malaysian Sketch&Lunch. We had a ball in Chinatown, Sydney. The Nasi Lemak at Ho Jiak (a relatively new Malaysian streetfood restaurant on Hay St) was absolutely delicious! The wagu beef rendang was to die for so was the the Char Kway Teow (a rice noodle dish with king prawns and the "breath of the wok") We ate with relish whilst learning to sketch ellipses and capturing the cups of tea and coffee Malaysian style. 

Next we headed out to capture the energy of the street. The main street of Chinatown is a walking street, so its a perfect place for people sketching and a great place to stop and learn all about 1 point perspective. 

Next it was time to eat again! We were not hungry, but we had Roti to try. I was particularly looking forward to the Roti with Kaya (a coconut pandan flavoured jam). I finished with a delicious "pulled tea" Teh Tarik, and the others has a lemon barley drink and a hot milo (classic malaysian beverages), and we settled down to some more sketching. Fun! Take a look. Next Sketch&Lunch is Korean in Eastwood. Limited small groups only. You can book here

 

Blue Mountains Travel Sketch Class

An extra lesson today for some of the students. I was keen to try the community space at Lyttleton Stores in Lawson. This is a heritage building that is now operating as an organic store, garden, workshop space,  and local designers atelier. I heard that Cherry Moon chef extraordinaire recently started baking here, so I knew that the cakes, tarts and foccacia's were going to be divine. The peach tart with her hand made puff pastry made with her hand made cultured butter was better than good. Fresh hot hand baked sourdough (spelt and amaranth) right out of the oven! Tea and coffee is "serve yourself" and pay by donation. The tea we choose was organic "wet" rooibos chi with turmeric. We sketched, we flicked through magazines and books such as Flow and Slow and Permaculture by Bill Mollison, and we shopped. What a fun morning! After the day started to warm up, we headed out to the old tower of the Stratford Girls School, which is preserved now after a fire and partial demolition (and right next to Lawson library). 

 

BlueMountains Travel Sketch Class

We met at the magical Gingerbread House in Katoomba and were warmly welcomed by staff with delicious hot chocolates, coffees and breakfasts. What a treat. Due to the sudden cold snap and early arrival of Autumn, we decided on undertaking our sketching as much as possible on the lovely big tables next to the heaters, beside the Christmas tree. The new sketchers worked on their colour dropping, Erin Hill style with watercolours, and the more accomplished students were challenged with more complex perspective sketches. Do we use the grid or do we use our eye? How technical do we want to go with our sketches? Are we enjoying ourselves? Travel sketching courses are all about learning new skills, whilst always always always enjoying our new accomplishments. and each others company. What a lovely morning. 

 

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.