Friday, 30 July 2021

We Drew Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - 24th July 2021

  

(Helen Hayhoe writes) Hurrah, we actually met for our first face to face sketchcrawl since February 2020! Although we have never missed a month of challenges and many sketchers have been meeting in smaller local groups this was the moment we felt safe enough to gather as a whole.

Alison Gardiner

So good to meet up again in person on Saturday to draw! Here are mine. Loved the wildflower wall at the Aquatic Centre and did my first drawing of a motorised scooter!

 The plan seemed perilous up to the last minute. Sasala was the lead for the day. She had visited, mapped and planned a great mix of meet ups and places to sketch. On the Thursday she was ‘pinged’ and had to self-isolate. The weather forecast was set to rain. We reconsidered, then remembered that Urban Sketchers are ready for anything. Isabel and Helen decided to go ahead, with the Aquatic Centre as the venue for all three meeting points because of the great canopy there.

 

Mike Barber

Great to meet up again at last at The Olympic Park - another interesting location . So lucky with the weather too.

 And what a day! The rain held off, the sketchers came, and we were delighted once again to be part of a community of side-by-side sketchers.


Eli Sugrue, age 12

“It was a great day out, I loved adding splashes of colour to my sketch.”

 The venue was fabulous. Most of us made at least one attempt at the Anish Kapoor ArcelorMittal Orbit which towers over the park, getting it out of the way. 


Sarah Correira, in the process of capturing the uniquely recognisable vista.   

There was so much variety beyond that – the river, the blooming flower beds, the people, the skyline, the building sites and the West Ham stadium improbably hosting a chicken wing festival. Our throwdowns against the reflective wall of the Aquatic Centre showed a line of sketches and a line of silhouetted legs. As ever, the mix of subject and media provoked discussion and we enjoyed sharing our sketchbooks during and afterwards over coffee. It was great to meet old friends, people we had only ‘met’ virtually and also people new to London Urban Sketching.

 

Cal Hoy

So lovely to go somewhere other than my local area and sketch and chat with real people.

 It looks as if we can go ahead with plans for face to face sketchcrawls for the rest of the year and beyond. Our August event will be at the West Reservoir on 21st  August.

The full programme will follow shortly. Watch this space.


John Swanson

Among all the stadia, cranes and towering sculpture, it was this little van that caught my attention at the Olympic Park.

 

 

 

 


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Monday, 28 June 2021

Let’s draw Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Saturday 24th July 2021


Pen & ink sketch of the Olympic Park by Nick Kobyluch

[Sasala Wickramasinghe writes]


PLEASE NOTE, BOTH THROWDOWNS (at 1pm and 3.30pm) WILL NOW TAKE PLACE BY THE AQUATICS CENTRE (#1 on the map) 


In anticipation of full easing of restrictions on the 19th of July, this will be our first sketchcrawl since the pandemic started. It’s been a long time coming!

However, since COVID-19 and its variants are going to remain even after the restrictions are lifted, it’s prudent to take all the necessary precautions to make ourselves and fellow sketchers safe throughout the event. The risk of infection is low for outdoor events but basic rules do still apply - please don't attend if you're feeling unwell, wear a face covering if close to others, give people space and practice good hand  hygiene. There is also the option of self-testing before the event. (you can get home testing kits through this link). 

Our theme for July is sculpture and we’ve chosen QE Olympic Park in Stratford, East London. 

The famous ArcelorMittal Orbit is probably the first thing that comes to mind for most people when they think of the Olympic Park, but since the 2012 London Olympic Games, this place has become a bit of a treasure trove of modern sculptural art! The orbit is only one of nearly 30 different art installations; some are functional and others serve as time capsules. More information and a map here: Art in the Park – a field guide.

If you prefer to sketch at home or locally to where you live, please feel free to interpret the theme as you wish – they could be monuments which celebrate the history of your local area, sculptures made by local artists or even art installations that have specific functions. 

'Please be Seated' installation at Kew - Watercolour sketch by Sasala Wickramasinghe

At home, it could be a souvenir you brought back from your last holiday (remember those?!), a treasured gift you received or even something you are working on yourself. 

Whether you join us in person in Stratford, sketch locally in a smaller group or sketch at home, please don't forget to share your sketches on the USk London Facebook Page, or on social media (Instagram/Twitter) with the hashtags #urbansketcherslondon #usklondon #urbansketchers to help us find your drawings. Also, please send your location drawings to us via email to be included in the Our London interactive sketch map.

Plan for the day

11 am

Meet at QE Olympic Park, by the London Aquantics Centre (#1 on the map). The main entrance is just across the road from the Westfield Shopping Centre. This is a big open space with the Aquatics Centre on your left.

1 pm and 3.30 pm 

Both throwdowns and the final photo, by the London Aquatics Centre (#1 on the map). For the benefit of those who may join later and/or rain tomorrow, the throwdowns and the photo will take place by the Aqualtics Centre, same as the original meeting point. 

There are plenty of facilities dotted around the park; they’re clearly marked on the map in Art in the Park - A Field Guide. There are quite a few cafés and restaurants in the East Village and in the Westfield shopping centre if people want to gather for lunch or stay for a drink afterwards. 

The meeting points (magenta) and toilet facilities (orange) are marked on the map below.

See you at the park!




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Sunday, 6 June 2021

Drawing Attention - June 2021


The official zine of the Urban Sketchers organisation

Drawing Attention April 2021





Drawing Attention, the official zine of the Urban Sketchers organization, communicates and promotes official USk workshops, symposiums, sketchcrawls, news and events; shares news about USk chapters; and educates readers about the practice of on-location sketching.

To subscribe to Drawing Attention click HERE .




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Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Let's draw Water - Saturday 26 June 2021

'Naked Ladies' fountain by John Swanson


An individual or small-group event with images posted online

June is a month of uncertainty for the organisation of groups, so we are planning cautiously. We are encouraging small scale self-organised meetings for another month despite the likely relaxation of COVID rules. Although we are so keen to be part of a larger sketchcrawl, we are holding off while we take in guidance about new variants.



11am - 3.30pm

Our theme for June is water. Interpret this as you will. Sit by a river and sketch the water, the boats, the bridge, the people walking by the river. Find a pond or a patch of water. Or feature something with a connection to water. Did you know that you can enter keywords in the Urban Sketchers London Facebook page and see how others have drawn water, rivers, fountains? This is how I found the images below. Try out different media and mark making and explain your location and process when you post the results.

As the weather improves we hope we don’t have an immersive experience in the rain.



Dulwich Village fountain, 1877 by Jo Dungey



Walking on Hackney Marshes by Liz McLaren 



If you need to sketch from home, consider vases of flowers, glasses of water, yourself in the bath (keep it clean).

Carnations by Satu Saastamoinen



Bathroom by Julija Svetlova


There will be a virtual ‘throwdown’ on the Urban Sketchers London Facebook page at 3.30pm on Saturday 26th June, but please share your sketches at other times during the month, if that is more convenient for you.

Use the hashtags #urbansketcherslondon #usklondonwater #urbansketchers if you are posting on social media to help us find your drawings. Send us your sketches by email so we can include them in the Our London Map.








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Thursday, 13 May 2021

Your friendly reminder: Let's draw Squares - Saturday 15 May 2021




Next session coming up!


Let's draw Squares

Saturday 15 May 2021

Led by Lis Watkins

For more details please see the original post right here.



There will be a virtual ‘throwdown’ on the Urban Sketchers London Facebook page at 3.30pm on Saturday 15th May, but please share your sketches at other times during the month, if that is more convenient for you. Use the hashtags #urbansketcherslondon #usklondonsquares #urbansketchers if you are posting on social media to help us find your drawings.

Happy sketching!



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Sunday, 9 May 2021

Historic boat sheds burn at Platt's Eyot - by Nicky Browne


Platt's Eyot before the fire


[Nicky Browne  writes] Platt's Eyot is a small island on the River Thames opposite Hampton Waterworks. It is home to Hampton Boat Shed, and during the Second World War it was significant for building small motor torpedo boats, some of which played a part in the evacuation of Dunkirk. But on Tuesday the 3rd of May 2021 two historic Grade II-listed boat houses on the island caught fire.

Same view at 7 am the morning after, fire crews still at it

According to the London Fire Brigade, the cause was an ember from a small rubbish fire carried by high winds to adjoining buildings.

By the time the fire was spectacularly alight, there was rain as well as high winds, otherwise I would have turned out in the dark to record it. 


Another view of Platt's Eyot before the fire

The next morning I was on the river bank by 7 am, and the firemen were still dousing the last of the fire. The boat sheds had been gutted, and several craft in the area frustratingly inaccessible to me had been destroyed. Sadly, the Dunkirk Little Ship 'Lady Gay' was destroyed in the fire.

Two Grade II-listed boat sheds gutted by the fire


I had drawn Platt's Eyot from a similar vantage point a year or so ago. But this time, even at such an  early hour, there were many people (and their dogs) who had also come to gawp!




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Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Drawing Attention - May 2021

 

The official zine of the Urban Sketchers organisation

Drawing Attention April 2021





Drawing Attention, the official monthly zine of the Urban Sketchers organization, communicates and promotes official USk workshops, symposiums, sketchcrawls, news and events; shares news about USk chapters; and educates readers about the practice of on-location sketching.

To subscribe to Drawing Attention click HERE .



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