Saturday 27 January 2018

Sketching the Wellcome Collection

[From Julie Bolus] I had a great time sketching at the Wellcome Collection museum last Saturday and catching up with Urban Sketching friends I hadn’t seen for a while. 

It was my first time to experience this fantastic collection of medical curios on display and especially in The Ayurvedic Man: Encounters with Indian Medicine exhibition. 

I was initially drawn to sketching and appreciating the aesthetics of a wide range of medical instruments like obstetrical forceps and amputation saws on display.


My favourite sketch of the day though was the one below of a human body with all its internal organs beautifully carved from wood. It reminded me of the game Operation I used to play as a child.


Wednesday 24 January 2018

Let’s draw at Tate Britain - Saturday 24 February 2018

Sketch by Lis Watkins

Join us in February at Tate Britain in Pimlico, the home of the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day. Explore the collection, the building inside and out, and the surrounding area. Draw inspiration from artists who have represented London, including Turner, Sickert, Passmore, and French artists in exile. The day is free of charge, no need to book, just turn up with your art kit.

This sketch crawl replaces the proposed meet-up at Westfield Shopping Centre included in our published 2018 programme.

Key times and meeting points for the day:

11am: Meet at Tate Britain, just inside the Manton entrance (see photograph below). The Manton entrance is the modern entrance at the side of the building on Atterbury Street. (The entrance at the front of the building up the steps is the Millbank entrance.)

The Manton Entrance

1pm: Meet in the foyer inside the Manton entrance to look at drawings done so far.

3.30pm: Meet again in the foyer inside the Manton entrance to look at drawings done and take group photographs.

We could then go to Tate Britain’s Djanogly Café for chat and refreshments, or there are several pubs in the area.

Tate Britain is open from 10 am until 6pm.

Admission to Tate Britain’s permanent collection is free. Tickets or membership are required for temporary exhibitions. There are restrictions on art materials which can be used inside the galleries – more information below.

The front of the Tate Britain
Options for drawing include:
· The building interiors and exterior

Sculpture by Henry Moore
· The permanent collection of paintings, drawings, sculpture and installations, including works by artists who have portrayed London

J. M. W. Turner’s sketchbook

· The current temporary exhibition ‘Impressionists in London’ (ticket or membership required) which shows works painted in London, including many location views, by French artists in exile and escaping the Franco-Prussian war

Chelsea School of Art
· Next to Tate Britain, the Chelsea Art School
· Across the river, the famous MI6 building, and Vauxhall Bridge
· There are riverside walks on both sides of the River Thames and west of Vauxhall Bridge you can see extensive new development, including the new USA embassy – but ‘in an off neighbourhood’ according to Donald Trump!

The new USA embassy from the riverside walk


Tate Britain is the original Tate Gallery, opened in 1897. It now houses the British national collection of art from 1500 to the present day. The original building was designed by Sidney R. J. Smith, the Clore Gallery which houses the Turner Collection is by James Stirling, and there have been recent developments by architects Caruso St John.

Clore Gallery
Practical information

Admission to Tate Britain is free of charge for the building and permanent collection, with a ticket or membership needed for the ‘Impressionists in London’ exhibition.
The nearest underground station is Pimlico on the Victoria Line, and there are several nearby bus routes; more information is on the Tate website (link below).
Tate Britain has a café and restaurant, cloakroom, toilets, stools and a shop.
In the galleries, permitted art materials are: dry materials such as pencils, graphite sticks, fine-tipped pens, wax crayons, conte and charcoal pencils (must be wood or plastic encased), oil pastels encased in paper. Loose dry materials such as charcoal and soft pastels, and paints are not allowed.

The day is run by Lis Watkins and Homephoenix Wong


Tuesday 23 January 2018

We drew the Wellcome Collection - January 2018

There was a big turn out for our first sketchcrawl of 2018, which was at the Wellcome Collection on Euston Road.

It may have been cold and wet outside but inside there was plenty of energy among the group and a wide range of subjects to sketch, from the architecture to the often grisly medical exhibits.

Sketch by John Trotman

Sketch by James Hobbs

Sketchers making good use of the comfortable Reading Room

Lunchtime 'throwdown'

We met at lunchtime to share sketches and ended the day with a final sketchbook 'throwdown' and group photo, before gathering in the Wellcome Café for tea and more sketchbook sharing.

Sketchbook 'throwdown' at the end of the day