The Royal Festival Hall – Tuesday 28 Nov 2017 6:30 – 8:45pm

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SKETCHMOB The Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road, City of London SE18XX

Tuesday 28 November 2017 6:30 – 8:45pm

The Royal Festival Hall is a feast of architectural perspectives, riverside views, colours, tones, textures, lines and different scales. It is the dream location on a cold November night. Warm, bright, two bars, an affordable cafeteria with great food, lots of different levels within the building for the intrepid sketcher to sit. People of all shapes and sizes will be doing things on their own and in groups just for you. Feed your inner voyeur among like minded others.

Meet us about 5 metres inside the main riverside entrance. Look for people with sketchbooks. We will give out a few view- finding and composition tips before starting. If this is your first Sketchmob we look forward to seeing you there.

SKETCHMOB all welcome, all free

Strand On The Green. Sunday June 11th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

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Strand On The Green  
Sunday June 11th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Strand on the green  is an outrageously picturesque part of London. The towpath where we will be drawing ( featured with The Beatles in their film Help) runs along the bank of the river, overlooked by industrial buildings that formerly included malt-houses, repair yards, barge-builders and wharves. From here we have unbroken views across the river between the railway bridge downstream and Kew Bridge up.

Assemble and meet the group leader outside The City Barge pub( W4 3PH) at 1:00pm. There will a brief introduction to the session with a couple of sketching tips. Sketch, and then meet back at The City Barge at 3:00 to review the drawings with a drink.  Nearest stations are  Kew Bridge via South West Rail or Gunnersbury by overground or District Line tube. Bring mates and family; all welcome, all free. We have three other new outings being planned. Watch the web-site for details

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Shhh…… Paddington Station – Friday April 22, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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© Photograph: Phychem

Shhh………Paddington Station
Friday April 22 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

SKETCHMOB have previously been forbidden to sketch at Paddington station so we will keep this meeting our little secret.

The magnificent Paddington Station, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel is known for its three splendid wrought iron spans that combine engineering bravura with lean decorative finesse. From our location we will be sketching the hustle of the evening commute, and in addition we will have the spectacle of the Great Western Railway Band who play a concert on Fridays between 7.30 – 9.00pm on Platform 9. Meet on Platform 9 around 6:50. Trevor will share a few ideas about how to draw figures singly, in groups, and set against simple views to give scale to drawings.The concert will attract lots of stationary models, as well as musicians in full flow.

Draw for 2 hours then look at sketches near Platform 9, then retire for an optional quick drink to The Mad Bishop and Bear, a short escalator ride away…………

Please note no Bakerloo trains stop at Paddington until Sept. Lots of alternative routes.

SKETCHMOB. All welcome, all free.

Hunterian Museum Saturday April 9th 11:00-1:00

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Hunterian Museum
Saturday April 9th 11:00-1:00
The Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London WC2A 3PE

The Hunterian Museum is a sketchers paradise, boasting unrivalled collections of human and non-human anatomical and pathological specimens, models, instruments, painting and sculptures that reveal the art and science of surgery from the 17th century to the present day.

Part of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (who originate from the time of ‘barber surgeons’ – who did not need medical qualification to practice!) the building reeks of gothic horrors in medical curio cabinets, as well as a historical surgical instrument collection. Set in a grand building in the picturesque Lincolns Inn Fields it will be a great morning.

Meet group leader (Charles) at 10:50 outside the museum. Sketch from 11:00 – 12:50. Meet at agreed location at 1:00 to look at each others drawings.

St Bartholomew the Great 13/02/2016

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St Bartholomew the Great
West Smithfield,City of London,EC19DS www.greatstbarts.com
Sat Feb. 13th 2016
10:55 Meet at the church entrance for group discount (£3.50 per person)
11:00 – 1:15 Draw

Founded in 1123, austerely beautiful and hidden in the middle of Smithfield, Great St Bart’s is one of London’s oldest surviving churches. With sumptuous interior decorations and beautifully formed romanesque vaulted ceilings, it has appeared in Fours Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare In Love, Sherlock Holmes,Jude, The Golden Age, Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves and a host of other award winning films and TV specials. A superb location for drawing architectural perspectives, decorative sculpture, thunderous church organs and people.There are very good places to eat and drink before and after drawing,(Smiths of Smithfield recommended) Meet outside the church at 10:55 and we will enter as a group with a group discount (£3.50 per person)

Image left: © Copyright John Salmon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
Image right: © Copyright Mike Quinn and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 

Pre-Christmas Sketchmob at V&A 27/11/2015

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Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 2RL
Friday 27th November 2015
6:40 – 8:45

Meet for the traditional pre-Christmas, final SKETCHMOB of 2015 at the V&A. One of the finest museums in the world, generation after generation of designers have made the V&A their place for sourcing new  forms and ideas.

As well as being an extraordinary building it has monumental Fashion, Jewellery, Armoury, Sculpture, Glass, Textiles, and Ceramics galleries.  Plus the late Friday mix of art installations, live performances, and latest interactive exhibitions

Meet in the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries between 6:40 – 6:45, tour the building and draw, then meet back in the same galleries at 8:45 to show and tell. Bring tonal paper, sketchbooks, pens and coloured pencils, but no dusty materials.

Follow us then on to the Bunch Of Grapes pub on 207 Cromwell Road at around about 9:00 to toast another great year of sketching.

If you bring guests encourage them to register.

Natural History Museum Late 30/10/2015

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SKETCHMOB @ Natural History Museum

FRIDAY 30th October
Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD
Underground – South Kensington

18.45 Meet at Hintze Hall
20.45 Review sketches at central cafe

Late Nights at the Natural History Museum are phenomenal. Make the best of this opportunity to exercise your drawing skills and rediscover its magnificent halls.

Draw an unparalleled collection of natural history specimens from the world over. This museum offers a unique and varied visual feast, from ornate galleries to the contemporary architecture of the Darwin Centre.

Meet underneath the Tyrannosaurus Rex in the main hall between 18:30-18:45pm. All you need to do is arrive with your sketching materials. The museum provides stools for free if you need one.

The John Snow and the Soho Cholera district 17/09/2015

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Thursday September 17th 6:40 – 8:40 p.m.

The John Snow Pub takes its name from Doctor John Snow whose famous “dot map” of 1854 plotted the deaths of scores of Soho cholera victims, tracing their activities to the stand pipe that gave them their drinking water. Snow famously snapped the handle off the stand pipe, and when the deaths stopped abruptly he proved that cholera was spread in water, and not as previously assumed, by miasma in the air.

Meet outside the  pub, ( 39 Broadwick Street W1F 9QJ) draw the vivid soho streets until 8:40 then meet up in the pub to look at sketches and raise a glass to John. All welcome, all free.

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Left: Mark Hillary and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
Right: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images

Serpentine Summer Pavilion 26/07/2015

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Enjoy a lazy Sunday in Hyde Park. The Serpentine Summer Pavilion is a fantastic location for sketching people, interiors, light and shade, and abstract architectural forms, all in the great setting of Hyde Park. Enjoy the late strains of Summer among other sketchers -all welcome, all free.

Meet outside the Serpentine Gallery at 12:30
Draw until 2:30 then review the sketches. Retire for refreshments.

 © Copyright David Hawgood and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Trinity Buoy Wharf 07/06/2015

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12:30  Meet outside Fatboys Diner, then draw
15:00  Review sketches outside Fatboys
15:20  Retire locally for refreshments

Our return to Trinity Buoy Wharf offers the rare opportunity  to draw on the northern bank of the Thames. The fabulous views across the river towards Greenwich take in the Millenium Dome, the City and Canary Wharf.

The vibe at Trinity Buoy creeps up slowly on you the more you draw – the layered histories of the Michael Faraday workshop – birthplace of the electric motor – remain here above the Chain and Buoy store, alongside London’s only lighthouse. There is no better place to practice perspective drawing than Container City –  the studio and office complex designed from re-cycled shipping containers, and the new Clipper House, recycled form the 2012 Olympic Park Broadcasting Studios.

Eat in Fat Boy’s Diner – the authentic chromium coach diner serving 1940s American classic food -Come and enjoy some time where merchant and naval seamen, dockers and doxies, pirates, privateers and all manner of salty seadogs have walked and worked before us.

Image credit: © Copyright Christine Matthews and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence