Friday Night Sketch | Being Human at The Design Museum – 8 Feb, 18:00-21:00

During the museum’s Friday Late Opening, a professional designer or illustrator sets a sketching task inspired by the museum’s permanent collection or most recent exhibition. Participants are then invited to tour the museum and sketch what excites them about contemporary design and architecture, before sharing their finished work at the end of the evening.

This month’s sketch will focus on the theme Being Human. Led by educator and artist Trevor Flynn, the event will begin with a short presentation, a few drawing tips and starter task related to our theme. After this, you are invited to relate your idea of Being Human to sketching the museum, its visitors and the permanent collection

The Design Museum café will also be open and serving drinks over the evening.

Bring your favourite drawing materials to use on the night. This event is suitable for all ranges of ability and experience.

Although this free ticketed event is sold out on The Design Museum website, you can just turn up before 7pm to enter the museum and join the sketchbooks review at 8:30pm. Design Museum link:

Design Museum 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 6AG, London

SKETCHMOB – all welcome, all free.

SKETCHMOB at the Design Museum – Friday June 1st, 18:00-20:00

Inspired by designers’ use of sketchbooks to record ideas and inspirations, Sketchmob are hosting a free drop-in evening of drawing throughout the Design Museum.

Participants are invited to tour the museum and sketch what excites them about contemporary design and architecture. There will be free sketchbooks for the first 50 people to arrive and the Sketchmob team will also be on hand to give quick drawing tips to help you get started.

Bring your favourite drawing materials to use on the night. This free event is suitable for all ranges of ability and experience.

SKETCHMOB – all welcome, all free.

Design Museum 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 6AG, London

SKETCHMOB Mercato Metropolitan – Sunday March 18th, 11.30-13.30

A sketchers feast……. housed in a vast (45,000 sq ft ) disused paper factory, Mercato Metropolitano is a celebration of Italian street food, on a scale worthy of Milano. The smells and the sights are overwhelming, the exotic produce fascinating to draw, all among the hustle of the foodie community. Turn your hand to the texture of lobster, celeriac, squash and asparagus in monumental spaces, crammed with people – all game for sketching.
Gather by 11:25. Nuno will meet, introduce the location and motifs and suggest drawing tips. Sketch from 11:35 and meet back at 1:30 to look at the crop of sketches. Newcomers – arrive and lurk purposefully with your sketchbook in evidence and you will be greeted. Bring a sketchbook and favourite drawing materials.

SKETCHMOB – all welcome, all free.

Mercato Metropolitan, 42 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6DR.

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Sketchmob at The Science Museum on Wednesday 31 January 2018. 6:45 – 8:30pm

Science Museum - Transportation area

What are sketchbooks for? Drawing huge aeroplanes, and space suits. And clocks. And cathode ray tubes. And working steam engines in massive galleries.

Crammed with fascinating objects and great stories from medicine, mathematics, genetics, communication and astronomy, The Science Museum has inspired curious people for over a century and a half. Our Sketchmob 2018 programme begins at one of The Science Museum Lates evenings.

The museum closes at 6:00pm, and then re-opens again at 6:45pm for the Lates evenings (please note their Lates policy states adults only.) Arrive at 6:45, go through the main entrance, continue on through the bag -check, and then meet other Sketchmobbers near the souvenir shop. If this is your first time be assured you will spot others with sketchbooks and that’s all you need to know you are in the right place. Nuno and Trevor will give a quick greeting, give out a couple of drawing tips, then we sketch. We will meet up again at 8:30 to look at drawings and hear how everybody got on.

Location: Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD South Kensington Underground

Sketchmob. All welcome, all free.

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

PETER PLUCKNETT [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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

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.


© 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

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


St Bartholomew the Great
West Smithfield,City of London,EC19DS
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


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.