Friday 27 September 2019

Let's draw in Cambridge - Saturday 26 October 2019

This is an addition to our programme – a visit to Cambridge.  We have been invited by Urban Sketchers Cambridge to sketch with them.  There will be opportunities to draw the buildings of historic Cambridge, in particular those on King’s Parade in the city centre.  We will also visit and draw at the Fitzwilliam Museum, one of the UK’s major museums. 
The day is free of charge, no need to book, just turn up with your art kit.

Key times and meeting points for the day:
12 noon: Meet in front of the entrance to King’s College, on King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST - see photograph above. 
3 pm: Meet at the Courtyard Entrance of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB to look at sketches done and take group photographs.  The Courtyard Entrance is on the left hand side of the building; it is the wheelchair accessible entrance, not the Main Entrance up the steps – see photograph below.

There will be an opportunity to walk and sketch as a group from King’s Parade to the Fitzwilliam Museum on Trumpington Street.  We can adapt the outdoor and indoor sketching programme according to the weather as well as individual choice.
After the 3pm meet-up, we can join the members of Urban Sketchers Cambridge at the Granta Café in Mill Lane.
Options for drawing:
We will meet at King’s Parade in the centre of Cambridge.  King’s College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Cambridge.  It was founded in 1441 by King Henry VI.  We can sketch the exterior, not inside the college.  There are many historic buildings in this area.

The Fitzwilliam Museum (below) is a major museum with collections including art, artefacts from Egypt, Greece, Rome and the ancient near east, ceramics and textiles.  It has free admission. 

Practical information:
There are various train services to Cambridge.  From London Kings Cross to Cambridge, for example, takes about an hour.  From Cambridge rail station to King's Parade is about a twenty-minute walk.  There are also buses to the city centre from the station, and taxis.  The Visit Cambridge website has travel information. 
King’s Parade is in the centre of Cambridge and there are many shops, pubs and cafes.  The nearby Market Place is an option to buy food.  There is a café at the museum.  The museum has free admission (other than for some special exhibitions).  Remember the museum is unlikely to allow the use of wet materials such as watercolour, inside the building.

This event is run by Yasemin Gyford of Urban Sketchers Cambridge and Jo Dungey of Urban Sketchers London.