Workshop | Urban Sketching and Perspective with Pen and Watercolour Wash with Gauri Torgalkar Art Est Art School and Gallery

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Workshop | Urban Sketching and Perspective with Pen and Watercolour Wash with Gauri Torgalkar

Workshop | Urban Sketching and  Perspective with Pen and Watercolour Wash with Gauri Torgalkar
$380 Limited inc GST
Workshop | Urban Sketching and Perspective with Pen and Watercolour Wash with Gauri Torgalkar

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<p>Discover the art of sketching urban street scenes through our Urban Sketching &amp; Perspective with Pen and Watercolour Wash! Learn how

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Discover the art of sketching urban street scenes through our Urban Sketching & Perspective with Pen and Watercolour Wash! Learn how to transform your surroundings into captivating sketches by mastering key tips, skills and strategies. Explore the urban environment with a professional artist with a 20 years’ experience in freehand sketching for architecture and urban design to capture street scenes, buildings and public spaces in sketched compositions – then bring them to life with the tone and texture of watercolour washes.

In this class you will get a chance to develop and practice your outdoor urban sketching skills while learning new techniques to create depth and focus in your drawings. You will be guided to explore different sketching styles; practice capturing a sense of place and develop a personal style for your compositions. Urban sketching is a great skill that can help you when you travel, allow you to immerse yourself in the visual storytelling of your local surroundings, and help you represent and communicate your design ideas.

Gauri Torgalkar is a visual artist and an urban designer with over 20 years’ experience in architecture and urban design. She has taught visual graphics, freehand drawing, and urban sketching for over 10 years to graduate and undergraduate students from various fields. Her artworks have been shown in several prestigious exhibitions in Sydney including the Greenway Art Prize (which she won in 2015), Adelaide Perry Prize, Blacktown Art Prize, and overseas at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, USA. Her work is held in public and private collections in Australia, India and the United States.

This course will include:

  • Observing the surrounding environment – big picture and interesting details
  • Simplifying a complex scene – from a photograph and from location
  • Perspective and composition
  • Scale, volume and proportion
  • Drawing from observation and altering with imagination

What to expect

The class will include a mix of working inside the studio from photographs and sketching outdoors. We will begin in the studio where we will go over some key tips and lessons within the studio, and where you'll get acquainted with fellow participants before embarking on outdoor sketching. Together, we'll explore various locations around the class venue, capturing the essence of our urban environment. We will also cover watercolour washes followed by creating a walk-through series of sketches that showcase the experience of walking along one of the streets around the studio while highlighting the buildings, open spaces, view corridors and interesting urban details.

This workshop will provide you with:

  • Improved understanding for sketching the built environment;
  • Tips and tricks for quick and effective sketching outdoors to capture a sense of place;
  • Tips for confident line styles;
  • Exploration of different sketching styles;
  • Refresher on editing and composing views when sketching outdoors;
  • Sound understanding of the principles of Perspective Drawing when sketching buildings and urban streetscape;
  • Guidance for building walk-throughs from one location to another; and
  • Confidence in using water colour washes and capturing local colours and tones.

Is this course right for me?

This course is designed for a range of drawing abilities and for people from a variety of backgrounds and interests: art, graphic design, architecture and urban design. It is recommended for students with some drawing experience.


In addition to the material list below, the instructor will bring a few of her own tools in the class to demonstrate sketching and colouring using different materials (fude pens, bamboo pens, special watercolours, inks, a variety of papers, etc.)

Please bring with you:

  • “Draw & Wash” paper pad smooth or medium A4 or A5;
  • Cheaper paper in A3 or similar size for exercises and practice sketches;
  • 2B drawing pencil, sharpener OR a mechanical drawing pencil and eraser;
  • For waterproof drawing, fine tip permanent black pen 1mm or thinner OR waterproof ink in fountain pen;
  • Watercolour palette/discs/tubs (a basic palette is fine)
  • Watercolour brushes (round brushes one thick #10 or #12 and one medium #6 or #4);
  • A small bottle/jar of water (with lid) for painting;
  • Any other drawing medium that you are comfortable using; and
  • A previous sketchbook, if you have any; this will help the tutor give targeted feedback for your work.

Suggested equipment for Outdoor painting

Please dress appropriately for the weather, wear walking shoes and bring a water bottle, lunch and/or snacks. As we will walk around and sit to sketch at different locations, you can bring along a foldable stool if you like,  a picnic rug to sit on the ground, or you can find a convenient park bench or wall.

Feedback on previous classes with Gauri

The class was varied and gave plenty of information as well as plenty of time to practise what we had learnt. The perspective description was clear.

Gauri was well-organised and the day went quickly with numerous activities to complete. Gauri was very clear with instructions. She also introduced us to many types media to use as well as demonstrating and giving us a chance to try some. There was a great mixture of sketching inside and outside.

Teacher was welcoming and obliging not to mention she has ignited a new passion in me, to draw in ink and sketch every building I see!

A well-developed course, generous teacher, great overview of topic. Would like to do more.

Gauri is a brilliant teacher. Very educational class. Thoroughly enjoyed Pen and wash!

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