What we're about

Welcome to Sydney Sketch Club!! A group of very friendly people of varying levels of art expertise will provide encouragement, motivation and inspiration for sketching in public. Meetups are held on average every fortnight at all sorts of locations across Sydney. Occasionally we will have day trips by car or train (to Windsor , Glenbrook, Leura, Mittagong, Camden and Bowral so far).

We regularly have between 20-30 people attend the activities.

We usually meet for 2.5 – 3 hours (often drawing in small groups) and then gather for a show’n’tell and group book photo. The social side of the Club comes from the members who stick around to have lunch together. This is when you can chat with your fellow sketchers and discuss techniques and materials used – sketchbooks are often shared around.

Members can upload their sketches to the SSC meetup site which is a great way to share work. It is highly recommended that you take time to look at the Photo Albums on the SSC meetup site of previous activities - you will find such inspiration there.

Occasionally we may also go to an art exhibition (e.g. Archibald, Salon des Refuses, White Rabbit Gallery) and use those paintings as inspiration for our own works.

You will need to supply all your own art supplies. There is no formal tuition given but you can certainly "learn from others".

There is an activity charge of $1 only, which is used to help defray the monthly costs charged by meetup.com to have Sydney Sketch Club included on their site. Excess funds are often used for lucky-draw prizes at say the Christmas sketch meet / prizes for Everyday-in-May challenge etc etc.

So please get up the courage to attend your first meetup - I am sure you will be hooked as I was when I discovered SSC - we have a great group of regulars who attend as often as their lives/commitments permit so you are likely to make some nice friends along the way to share your art interest with.

Upcoming events (4)

AUSTRALIA DAY - AUSTRALIA STREET

Black Star Pastry Newtown

$1.00

I have chosen a late afternoon meetup as the usual 10am would mean you would have the sun directly in your eyes for the whole morning. So if there is a particularly patriotic event you would like to enjoy for Australia Day you might like to come over to join us after lunch. There is also the opportunity to stay on for a drink at the pub and evening meal with your sketch friends (who wants to cook on a public holiday!!). WHERE TO FIND US Meet outside Newtown Courthouse, opposite Black Star Pastry, 277 Australia Street Newtown WHAT IS THERE TO DRAW Newtown Courthouse and Fire Station. grungy laneways running off Australia Street – if you don’t like buildings, you could draw the people queueing for the famous watermelon cake at Black Star Pastry. There is also the Courthouse Hotel on the next corner that some people sketched when we did Lennox Street Studio. If you kept walking down Australia Street to No 90 you would see the old ambulance station which sold for $2.725m in November 2016 ! TRANSPORT Train to Newtown is easiest. Otherwise grab any King Street bus (the “42” routes) and get out opposite the Dendy Cinema. If driving best to park a block back from King Street for free parking but just check time limits. DINNER Bank Hotel. See menu: https://www.bankhotel.com.au/menu/ Jennifer’s contact if required on the day -[masked] ............................ There is a nominal charge of $1 for participation in Sydney Sketch Club (collected in person on the day) to cover monthly website costs levied by MEETUP.COM and other small expenses by Jennifer in organisation of sketch activities. But please note that due to changes in the Meetup platform the words Unpaid appear against your name whenever you RSVP. I apologise for the inconvenience/embarrassment but I just do not have time to waste on unnecessary admin behind the scenes. Would rather be spending my valuable time researching and organising other great outings for SSC members. Thanks for understanding. DISCLAIMER. Please note that Jennifer as volunteer organiser of activities for Sydney Sketch Club is not responsible for the health or safety of members [and their guests] and therefore will not accept any liability for accidents or injuries that may occur during Meetup events at any location, whether outside in public areas or inside commercial venues. By attending any Sydney Sketch Club event you acknowledge that you accept all of the above.

CRYSTAL BRIDGES – SYDNEY FESTIVAL

Carriageworks

$1.00

*note earlier start time WHAT IS THERE TO DRAW Saturdays there is an organic/farmer’s market in the old Blacksmith’s Workshop. Architecture - the Railyards are circa 1880 and the exterior and surrounds are quite rustic - the interior was refurbished in 2007 although it still retains great atmosphere. ADDED BONUS – SYDNEY FESTIVAL EVENT From the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, a wonderland of shimmering crystals, thousands of wind spinners and ceramic birds, millions of plastic beads, 13 gilded pigs and a crocodile. That’s just a fraction of what you will encounter journeying through Nick Cave’s installation entitled “UNTIL”. Further information http://carriageworks.com.au/events/nick-cave-until-2018/ HOW TO FIND US 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh/Darlington – meet at the top of stairs that descend to the market area – Jennifer will be seated under the stylised ‘emu’ logo painted on the orange wall of (Yaama Dhiyan) . See the map: https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/Carriageworks,+245+Wilson+St,+Eveleigh+NSW+2015/@-33.8929824,151.1906908,16z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x6b12b1d28680a349:0xa5625ab988282bd2 LUNCH OPTION There are food stalls as part of the markets but finish time is approx 1pm – there is also a cafe “Cornerstone” (with sketchable interior described as quirky and contemporary with an eclectic mix of original industrial aesthetics) see menu at http://www.cornerstonebarandfood.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Cornerstone-Menu_Weekend-Brunch_DEC-17.pdf TRANSPORT Train (please make your own further enquiries if any track work that weekend?) – Redfern Station | 8 minute walk Macdonaldtown Station | 10 minute walk If travelling from the city, you can also get the Bus – Nearest stop is at Codrington Street cnr of City Road, approximately a 5 minute walk to Carriageworks. Map (link above) shows that you can walk the 4-5 blocks down Butlin Avenue opposite entrance to the Uni i.e. the stop near the green glass overpass in King Street. Routes: 422, 423, 426, 428, 370, 352 Car – There is parking in Wilson and other nearby streets (Abercrombie is parallel) but please check the signs carefully in case of any time restrictions. The website has following information but I have not used this facility so cannot offer any advice: There are limited parking spaces available on site, free of charge. Enter at 229 Wilson Street, opposite Queen Street. The parking is timed, 3 hour parking. Follow the driveway around to the left, and then follow the signs to the car park and loading dock Mobile if required on the day[masked] ............... There is a nominal charge of $1 for participation in Sydney Sketch Club (collected in person on the day) to cover monthly website costs levied by MEETUP.COM and other small expenses by Jennifer in organisation of sketch activities. But please note that due to changes in the Meetup platform the words Unpaid appear against your name whenever you RSVP. I apologise for the inconvenience/embarrassment but I just do not have time to waste on unnecessary admin behind the scenes. I would much rather be spending my valuable time researching and organising other great outings for SSC members. Thanks for understanding. DISCLAIMER. Please note that Jennifer as volunteer organiser of activities for Sydney Sketch Club is not responsible for the health or safety of members [and their guests] and therefore will not accept any liability for accidents or injuries that may occur during Meetup events at any location, whether outside in public areas or inside commercial venues. By attending any Sydney Sketch Club event you acknowledge that you accept all of the above.

TAMARAMA (BEACH)

Needs a location

$1.00

If you are participating in the A-Z of Sydney challenge, please remember to bring your special sketchbook with you as today’s meetup is brought to you by the letter “T” Tamarama Beach, located within Mackenzies Bay around 1km south of Bondi Beach, is nestled between headlands and is a popular stop off point along the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. Known affectionately as Glamarama (due to the beautiful people that flock to its shores), Tamarama has a unique and interesting history that belies its tiny size at only 80m in length. You have an ideal opportunity for people sketching as they laze on the sand. Or attempt the “dots” of surfboard riders out in the water. WHERE TO MEET US We will meet in front of the Tamarama Surf Life Saving Club (pictured), Pacific Avenue/Tamarama Marine Drive, which affords a full vista of the beach and headland. TRANSPORT Train – to Bondi Junction Station then there are a few bus options possibly the easiest being 381 which travels along Fletcher Street then it is a 5 minute walk down Dellview Street (please review a map beforehand) coming out close to the Surf Life Club. Driving – free street parking is minimal and usually a 2 hour limit. AFTERNOON SNACKS The beach café has been upgraded, but seems to have a relatively small menu - hopefully they can make you a good coffee mid-sketch ? And bring your swimming costume if you like the idea of a late afternoon paddle. Jennifer’s contact if required on the day[masked] ............................ There is a nominal charge of $1 for participation in Sydney Sketch Club (collected in person on the day) to cover monthly website costs levied by MEETUP.COM and other small expenses by Jennifer in organisation of sketch activities. But please note that due to changes in the Meetup platform the words Unpaid appear against your name whenever you RSVP. I apologise for the inconvenience/embarrassment but I just do not have time to waste on unnecessary admin behind the scenes. I would much rather be spending my valuable time researching and organising other great outings for SSC members. Thanks for understanding. DISCLAIMER. Please note that Jennifer as volunteer organiser of activities for Sydney Sketch Club is not responsible for the health or safety of members and therefore will not accept any liability for accidents or injuries that may occur during Meetup events at any location, whether outside in public areas or inside commercial venues. By attending any Sydney Sketch Club event you acknowledge that you accept all of the above.

ZENITH, CHATSWOOD

The Zenith Theatre

$1.00

WHAT IS THERE TO DRAW Interesting shapes of corporate offices. There is a terraced garden opposite with a wonderful large rusted metal horse – unfortunately when my computer crashed I lost photos I had taken when I was visiting the area last year. You will have to trust me that there will be enough to draw!! WHERE TO FIND US Outside Zenith Centre (pictured) on Railway Street between Day and McIntosh Streets, Chatswood. TRANSPORT Train to Chatswood is the easiest, use escalator up to Railway Street. Bus routes 257 (from Balmoral) 144 (from Manly) 343 (from Central) and M40 from Bondi Junction etc (and probably others) travel to the Chatswood Interchange, which is a one block walk. Just make your enquiries regarding timing. Being a Sunday hopefully parking in these streets will be easy enough because it is essentially the business district. LUNCH I am unsure of what cafes might be open in that immediate area on a weekend. We can investigate/decide together otherwise come back to The Concourse and go to the Italian which kindly “hosted” our sketching during Vivid 2018 when we had rainy weather and asked to shelter in their closed area with plaza view. Menu: http://terrazzachatswood.com.au/terrazza-main-180717.pdf Jennifer’s contact if required on the day[masked] ............................ There is a nominal charge of $1 for participation in Sydney Sketch Club (collected in person on the day) to cover monthly website costs levied by MEETUP.COM and other small expenses by Jennifer in organisation of sketch activities. But please note that due to changes in the Meetup platform the words Unpaid appear against your name whenever you RSVP. I apologise for the inconvenience/embarrassment but I just do not have time to waste on unnecessary admin behind the scenes. Would rather be spending my valuable time researching and organising other great outings for SSC members. Thanks for understanding. DISCLAIMER. Please note that Jennifer as volunteer organiser of activities for Sydney Sketch Club is not responsible for the health or safety of members [and their guests] and therefore will not accept any liability for accidents or injuries that may occur during Meetup events at any location, whether outside in public areas or inside commercial venues. By attending any Sydney Sketch Club event you acknowledge that you accept all of the above.

Past Events

ACROSS THE WATER TO BARANGAROO

Illoura Reserve

$1.00

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