23 December 2020

December Sketchwalk at Raffles Marina

 

Hi Sketchers! 

For December’s sketchwalk, we are still proceeding with our efforts to sketch together while staying safe. We will wrap up the year of 2020 with an exclusive sketchwalk at the gorgeous Raffles Marina! 

As this is a collaboration with Raffles Marina (a private boat club), please RSVP so that we can prepare accordingly. Raffles Marina will be giving out wristbands for identifying USKSG sketchers. Collection will be at the Admin counter in the main lobby. Those who wear them gets 10% off all all F&B (both at Bistro & Chinese Restaurant, all-day). Sketchers are also encouraged to wear their USKSG t-shirts if they own one, for easy identification by the club’s management. 

Date : 26 December 2020
Time: 9:30AM - 12.30PM 
Location: Various approved locations around Raffles Marina (See below) 
Nearest MRT: Tuas Link (EW33) - the Club is just next to the station. 

There are several areas open to us to sketch at / from: 

1. Grass Patch in front of the gallery, next to the Bistro (Level 1 outdoors) - up to 10 pax 

2. Air-conditioned Viewing Gallery (Level 2 indoors looking out to the Marina) - up to 8 pax 

3. Tower Balcony (Level 4 or 5 outdoors) - up to 8 pax 

4. Air-conditioned Club Lobby (next building Levels 1 & 2 Indoors); a mix of interior sketch or looking out towards the Marina. - up to 15 pax 

5. Bistro (Level 1 Sheltered outdoors) - no. of sketchers depends on occupancy on that day - Note: Required to order food / drinks to stay inside to sketch 

6. Boat Shed Area (annex building Level 1, indoors but non-Aircon) - strictly up to 5 pax (safety reasons) 

7. Marina Boardwalk (Level 1 outdoors; all the way to the Lighthouse end) - up to 20 pax 

*Do note that certain sections of the boardwalk has no fencing so do take precautions! 

IMPORTANT: 
1. Swimming pool (behind the Bistro) is out of bounds. NO sketching and no photography there. It’s an area strictly for RM members only. 

2. Strictly no outside food allowed to be consumed anywhere in the club premises. Only place to eat at are the Bistro and the Chinese Restaurant. 

3. If you are sketching any of the boats in the berths up-close, and there are people on the boat, please seek permission to include the people in your sketch before sketching. And please do not put in recognizable features such as the boat name and license numbers, unless the boat owners have clearly given you permission to do so. (PDPA compliance issue.) 

SKETCH-LEADERS: Patrick Ng, Tony Chua, Favian Ee, Huiling Zhou, James Lim, Tia Boon Sim, Sangmi Lee

Instructions for the day: 
1. Arrange to meet fellow sketchers — no more than 5 in a group — by posting on the event wall, the spot you plan to sketch at. Ask who is joining and discuss in the comments until you confirm your little quintet. And please have your face mask on at all times. 

2.Make your way to the location, be aware of surroundings, and maintain required distancing; remain in your separate groups. And if there are club members fishing at any spot, find another spot to sketch. 

3. Challenge yourself to explore hidden corners that hasn't been seen/drawn yet; this will also help prevent too many of us crowding the same perching points. 

4. Post your sketches, snapshots and videos online — with hashtags #usksg — so everyone can easily find the day's artistic output. 

5. Some sketch leaders will go around to catch you in action for posts on Facebook and Instagram, so look out for them! 6. We will do a Sketch Show via ZOOM at 3:00 PM to substitute our usual post-sketchwalk gathering; make your way home — or anywhere suitable — in time to join the session. 

Credits:
• Banner photo by Tony Chua 
• Event post research by Benedict Tay, Patrick Ng 

 IMPORTANT NOTE: In compliance to Government Covid safety guidelines, we can’t be congregating as a big group of sketchers. As such, we can sketch in small clusters of no more than 5 persons each, and there must be a minimum distance of no less than 10m between each cluster. 

Remember: MASKS ON AT ALL TIMES (except when eating). 

Please strictly comply. USkSG (and our sketch leaders) and Raffles Marina will not be held responsible for any flouting of the above guidelines. 

Thank you. 
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Show n Tell on Zoom at 3PM after the Sketchwalk! Join us! 
Details here: 

USkSG is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. 
Topic: USkSG Dec Sketchwalk Show n Tell 
Time: Dec 26, 2020 03:00 PM Singapore 

Meeting ID: 941 3558 9316 
Passcode: 049402

26 November 2020

November Sketchwalk at Orchard Road


















Credit: Sketch by Anita Ryanto 

Hi Sketchers! 

This month-end session, we're still proceeding with our efforts to sketch together while staying safe. Join us this Sat morning as we visit ORCHARD ROAD to sketch the annual Christmas light-up! 

Date: 28 Nov 2020
Time: 9:30AM - 12.30PM 
Nearest MRT: Somerset 
Location: Various locations around Somerset 

Possible locations to sketch: 
• Emerald Hill 
• KPO (former post office) 
• Somerset Skatepark 
• Cuppage Terrace 
• Orchard Central/313 Somerset 
• TripleOne Somerset 
• Design Orchard 

[*IMPORTANT: Pls note that this month's sketch walk is NOT going to be at Raffles Marina (RM) as previously alluded to... there has been a change in plan due to some factors; RM will be for Dec Sketchwalk now... so PLS DON'T GO THERE!]  

SKETCH-LEADERS: Patrick Ng, Sangmi Lee. 

Instructions for the day: 

1. Arrange to meet fellow sketchers — no more than 5 in a group — by posting the spot you plan to capture on the event wall; ask who's joining and discuss in the comments until you confirm your little quintet. And please have your face mask on at all times. 

2.Make your way to the location, be aware of surroundings, and maintain required distancing; remain in your separate groups. 

3. Challenge yourself to explore hidden corners that hasn't been seen/drawn yet; this will also help prevent too many of us crowding the same perching points. 

4. Post your sketches, snapshots and videos online — with hashtags #usksg — so everyone can easily find the day's artistic output. 

5. Some sketch leaders will go around to catch you in action for posts on Facebook and Instagram, so look out for them! 

6. We will do a Sketch Show via ZOOM at 3:00 PM to substitute our usual post-sketchwalk gathering; make your way home — or anywhere suitable — in time to join the session. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: 

In compliance to Government Covid safety guidelines, we can’t be congregating as a big group of sketchers. As such, we can sketch in small clusters of no more than 5 persons each, and there must be a minimum distance of no less than 15m between each cluster. 

Remember: MASKS ON. 

Please strictly comply. USkSG (and our sketch leaders) will not be held responsible for any flouting of the above guidelines. 

Thank you.

30 October 2020

October Sketchwalk at Little India

Credit : Sathyapriya Subramaniam 

Hi Sketchers! 
This month-end session, we're still proceeding with our efforts to sketch together while staying safe! Join us this Sat as we visit Little India to sketch / capture the pre-Deepavali festivities! 

Time: 9:30AM - 12.30PM 
Location: Various locations around Little India 
Nearest MRT: Little India, Rochor, Jalan Besar 

 Zoom Show and Tell 
Time: Oct 31, 2020 03:00 PM Singapore 
Join Zoom Meeting 
Meeting ID: 998 0620 2366 
Passcode: 038388 

 Locations to sketch: 
• Tekka Market 
• Deepavali decorations 
• Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple 
• Foochow Methodist Church 
• Dunlop St area (eg. The Great Madras) 
• Colourful shophouses 
• Tan Teng Nia Historic Villa (behind Buffalo Road) 
• Art installations near Hindoo Rd
• Eating places (for food sketching lovers) along Race Course Rd - Arunachala Bhavan, Komala Vilas, etc. 

Other info: 

SKETCH-LEADERS: Patrick Ng, Benedict Tay 
Instructions for the day: 
1. Arrange to meet fellow sketchers — no more than 5 in a group — by posting the spot you plan to capture on the event wall; ask who's joining and discuss in the comments until you confirm your little quintet. 
2.Make your way to the location, be aware of surroundings, and maintain required distancing; remain in your separate groups. 
3. Challenge yourself to explore hidden corners around Little India that hasn't been seen/drawn yet; this will also help prevent too many of us crowding the same perching points. 
4. Post your sketches, snapshots and videos online — with hashtags #usksg — so everyone can easily find the day's artistic output. 
5. Some sketch leaders will go around to catch you in action for posts on Facebook and Instagram, so look out for them! 
6. We will do a Sketch Show via ZOOM at 3:00 PM to substitute our usual post-sketchwalk gathering; make your way home — or anywhere suitable — in time to join the session. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: 
In compliance to Government Covid safety guidelines, we can’t be congregating as a big group of sketchers. As such, we can sketch in small clusters of no more than 5 persons each, and there must be a minimum distance of no less than 15m between each cluster. 

Please strictly comply. USkSG (and our sketch leaders) will not be held responsible for any flouting of the above guidelines. 

Thank you.

24 September 2020

September Sketchwalk at Tiong Bahru

Credit: Sketch by TIA 

We’re headed to beautifully rustic Tiong Bahru this Sat! 

Tiong Bahru is not a super huge estate, but it’s big enough for us to be well spread out, with many gorgeous vantage points to sketch from: 
 • Tiong Bahru Market (you can sketch it from afar or in it while you sip your Kopi)
 • Seng Poh / Eng Hoon St segment (with many eateries, and the famous Monkey God temple, etc.) 
 • Yong Siak St (the quiet corner where BooksActually had operated out of for years, till their recent move - some of you may have missed the organised sketchwalk there recently, this will be your last opportunity to capture at least the shop front) 
• Bird Watchers’ Corner across the street from Tiong Bahru Market 
• Any back porch or walkways between gorgeous timeless Art Deco architecture that sets Tiong Bahru apart.

In still keeping with government safety guidelines, we still will not be having our usual big group briefing at the start, and show n tell at the end. 

Here’s how we will continue to do it (like last month’s): 
1. Arrange to meet fellow sketchers — no more than 5 in a group — by posting the spot you plan to capture on the event wall; ask who's joining and discuss in the comments until you confirm your little quintet. 
2.Make your way to the location, be aware of surroundings, and maintain required distancing; remain in your separate groups. 
3. Challenge yourself to find and frame a viewpoint that hasn't been seen yet; this will also help prevent too many of us crowding the same perching points. 
4. Post your sketches, snapshots and videos online — with hashtags #usksgsketchwalk #usksg — so everyone can easily find the day's artistic output. 
5. Some sketch leaders will go around to catch you in action for posts on Facebook and Instagram, so look out for them! 
6. We will do a Sketch Show via ZOOM at 3:00 PM to substitute our usual post-sketchwalk gathering; make your way home — or anywhere suitable — in time to join the session. 

See you on Saturday!

27 August 2020

August Sketchwalk at Marina Bay

 

Credit : sketch by TIA

Last month we tried out a new format for connecting remotely, to capture the sense of camaraderie of our pre-pandemic sessions. 

This month-end session, let's begin the slow crawl back to sketching together, *safely* again. We're going to Marina Bay! 

It's a huge area, surrounding Marina Reservoir, with vantage points from *and* towards areas such as: 
• Bay East Garden 
• Gardens by The Bay 
• Singapore Flyer 
• The Esplanade & The Float 
• The stretch between Merlion Park and The Promontory 
• Marina Bay Sands and Waterfront Promenade 

We'd like to challenge you to come More details may be added, but here's a quick summary for now: 

1. Arrange to meet fellow sketchers — no more than 5 in a group — by posting the spot you plan to capture on the event wall; ask who's joining and discuss in the comments until you confirm your little quintet. 

2.Make your way to the location, be aware of surroundings, and maintain required distancing; remain in your separate groups. 

3. Challenge yourself to find and frame a viewpoint that hasn't been seen yet; this will also help prevent too many of us crowding the same perching points. 

4. Post your sketches, snapshots and videos online — with hashtags #sketchwalk082020 #usksg — so everyone can easily find the day's artistic output. 

5. Some sketch leaders will go around to catch you in action for posts on Facebook and Instagram, so look out for them! 

6. We will do a Sketch Show via ZOOM at 3:00 PM to substitute our usual post-sketchwalk gathering; make your way home — or anywhere suitable — in time to join the session. 

See you on Saturday!

20 July 2020

July Sketchwalk is back this Saturday

Credit: sketch by Zaihan

It's been a long while since we've all met up and sketched together on the last Saturday of the month.

Let's reset and start again in a new format, and recapture the sense of camaraderie.

More details will follow in the next few days on USKSG FB Page and Group, but here's a quick summary for now:

1. Go out — or stay in — and sketch your neighbourhood.
2. Meet with fellow sketchers — make sure it's a group of 5 or less — and bring them to your favourite spot or a hidden gem you know of.
3. Post your sketches and pics in the Facebook group — we may create an event album — for a collage or montage to be shared after the event.
4. We may do a Facebook/Instagram Live session to engage everyone at points during the 3 hours.

This format is new to the core team, and for all sketchers as well. Let's give it a go and see how it works out.

Catch you on Saturday!

10 April 2020

Circuit Sketch Break Challenge






The #circuitsketchbreak challenge was picked up by The Straits Times for a Stay-Home Guide in their lifestyle section a couple days ago.Join the event here in Facebook or follow the hashtag in Instagram if you need to sooth the tedium of being cooped up!

04 April 2020

Circuit Sketch Break



USKSG’s OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON OUR PART DURING “CIRCUIT BREAKER” PERIOD


Hello Sketchers!

We hope you’ve all been holding up well during these extraordinary circumstances. The situation has challenged our way of life, and also how we expend creative energy.

Here in Singapore, new measures come into effect from Tuesday, 7 April, to curb the accelerating rise in community transmissions of COVID-19. The key actions aim to maximise physical separation, and we must all attempt to:

1. remain at home, as much as possible
2. only go out for emergencies, essential activities and non-contact exercise
3. intentionally keep away from others when in public

Most of us will have to work and study from home, at least until the end of the month — this truly underscores the gravity of enacting this “circuit breaker” now.

The Core Team of Urban Sketchers Singapore implores all sketchers to hold off on sketching outdoors, be it alone or in groups — drawing on location is obviously not essential, so we can pick it up again after the pandemic is under control.
There may be opportunities to sketch in transient moments, while out for essential services or activities: during a commute, in a queue, awaiting collection, while exercising; should you choose to, please refrain from loitering just to finish.

Let’s play our part in flattening the curve of this pandemic, stand in solidarity with healthcare workers and supporting staff, and stop worsening the hold that the virus has on us all.

We wish you a productive weekend, in preparation for the coming weeks. Be well and safe!

P.S. Look out for upcoming themed challenges to occupy us all in sketching together, even while apart!