21 May 2019

May Sketchwalk at SOTA

Credit : Banner sketch by Benedict Tay

May sketchwalk will be in the heart of the city around Dhoby Ghaut MRT. We will meet outside the School of the Arts (SOTA). Round the corner is Selegie Road, POMO and the iconic pie-shaped Selegie Arts Centre, and across the road is the Cathay, remodelled from one of Singapore's oldest iconic cineplexes. Plaza Singapura is a short walk, which used to house Yaohan and possibly Singapore's earliest food court Doremi (now defunct), and along the way is MacDonald House, the site of one of Singapore's early terrorist attacks. Other sketchable areas nearby include Istana Park, Hotel Rendezvous, SMU, Orchard Road Presbyterian Church, Singapore National Museum, and Dhoby Ghaut Green.

May Sketchwalk on 25 May, 2019

START
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Steps at SOTA entrance
(https://goo.gl/maps/UKXCBK9bweeo6Hux8)

END
Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Same as Starting Location.

Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut (Circle Line, North-South Line, NEL)

Locations to sketch:
- SOTA
- Selegie Arts Centre
- The Cathay
- National Museum
- MacDonald House
- Dhoby Ghaut Green
- Orchard Road Presbyterian Church
- Plaza Singapura

Places to eat and shop:
- Too many to mention

21 April 2019

April Sketchwalk at Kallang Basin

Credits: sketch by Kwan Boon Choon

This month’s sketchwalk will be at a small scenic stretch of park along the banks of Rochor River and Kallang Basin with a clear view of our Stadium and waterways and the opposite bank of Tanjong Rhu. The park is situated along Republic Avenue, next to the brutalist Golden Mile Complex, also known as “Little Thailand”. Feel free to go for some mookata or Thai food after sketching!

April Sketchwalk on 27 Arpil, 2019

START
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Park along Republic Avenue, next to Merdeka Bridge
(https://goo.gl/maps/6Ebno5JjFbUrxMnG8)

END
Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Same as Starting Location.

Nearest MRT: Nicoll Highway (Circle Line)

Locations to sketch:
- Kallang Basin
- Rochor River
- Golden Mile Complex
- Merdeka Bridge

Places to eat and shop:
- Golden Mile Complex
- Golden Mile Tower
- Kallang Wave Mall

10 April 2019

Result of March Sketchwalk



Two sketches at Sketchwalk.

It was raining cats and dogs, so I just sat there and sketched after my nice mee pok and Kopi O. Good recommendation for the noodles stall from Patrick Ng Benedict Tay Hendriko Teguh Sangkanparan and thanks Alice Lim for the popiah, all so nice. Kopi O was very good too.

Sitting there, I noticed there were so many old folks in wheel chairs or in other PMDs. The old Chinese lady on wheel chair sitting opposite us was with a sweet Malay lady, I was very sure she's a social worker or a friend. Another Malay lady came to sit with them and the old lady took out some papers from his bag. She left shortly after giving her a cheque. They had traditional breakfast (bread, egg and hot drink) in the morning and when I left, the old lady was having noodles.

So many old uncles and aunties at the coffee shop and the young ones were at the crowded food centre and market near-by.

28 March 2019

March Sketchwalk at Ghim Moh

Credit: Banner sketch by Andrew Tan aka Drewscape

This month’s sketchwalk will be at Ghim Moh Estate, a place known for great food (including a Michelin guide-listed Chwee Kueh)! You might want to come on an empty stomach, because the hawker centre is well-known for some good bites, so order away and sketch to your hearts' content! And if you have a durian craving, Ah Seng Durian might be a place to get some (if they are open).

A recent episode of Mediacorp 8's Tuesday Report 《星期二特写: 生活气场》 featured Ghim Moh Hawker Centre - its history, characteristics, where the good food stalls are, and heartwarming stories of some of the hawkers. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAmmMXiA4Sk&feature=youtu.be

Some food favourites:
http://ieatishootipost.sg/category/location/9-ghim-moh-food-centre/
https://www.misstamchiak.com/ghim-moh-market-food-centre/
https://www.hungrygowhere.com/gallery/hawker-guide-ghim-moh-market-and-food-centre-*gid-c9863101/
https://www.burpple.com/ghim-moh-market-food-centre

START
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Outside Ghim Moh market (Food Centre side)
(https://goo.gl/maps/VTmXA1Py5et)

END
Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Same as Starting Location.

Nearest MRT: Buona Vista (EWL, Circle Line)

Locations to sketch:
- Ghim Moh Market (including stall vendors)
- HDB flats surrounding the Market
- Ulu Pandan Community Club
- You may even venture as far as Buona Vista MRT or Star Vista just minutes away, or sketch from one of the many high-floor corridors in the surrounding HDB blocks.

Places to eat and shop:
- Ghim Moh Market / Hawker Centre
- Master Crab Seafood
- Countless options around (E.g. Star Vista, Holland V, etc.)

PLUS - Parka is giving away prizes at the end of the sketchwalk, details at this link:
https://www.parkablogs.com/content/join-our-march-2019-sketchwalk-ghim-moh?fbclid=IwAR3DAtRZ0Kak4Rp-nVkpHJDj5rBmzA86Nnj8JzK3RTIqb-krFvZezisyZAM


22 February 2019

February Sketchwalk at Commonwealth Drive

Credite: Sketch by Patrick Ng

This month’s sketchwalk will be at Commonwealth Drive, behind Commonwealth MRT. This is an old estate which has some unique buildings, such as Singapore’s first flatted factory, and old church, and early HDB flats, some of which have undergone SERS. The market square in the centre surrounded by HDB blocks boasts some famous food such as Two Chefs zhi char.

On the other side of Commonwealth MRT is Tanglin Halt, which will be undergoing redevelopment in stages starting this year. If you have time, you might want to hang around for the launch of Museum@My Queenstown at Tanglin Halt for their official launch at 6pm (it should be open earlier). There's good food and homemade ice cream around there, including some quaint old shops and clinics https://www.psd.gov.sg/challenge/lifestyle/alter-ego/designing-singapore-s-first-ground-up-community-museum

Queenstown is Singapore's first satellite town. Many of the HDB blocks are pretty old and house an ageing community. Compare the architecture with the new flats today and spot the differences! Some of the blocks in this area have already been vacated and removed to make way for new developments. (links: https://thelongnwindingroad.wordpress.com/tag/goodbye-74-to-80-commonwealth-drive/ and https://stateofbuildings.sg/places/commonwealth-drive-blks-74-80)

START
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Commonwealth Drive, opposite Block 117 near the shelters
(https://goo.gl/maps/2gX3HSUANrS2)

END
Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Same as Starting Location.

Nearest MRT: Commonwealth (EWL)

Locations to sketch:
- Queenstown Lutheran Church
- First flatted factories
- Market square
# HDB flats

Places to eat and shop:
- Two Chefs
- Hammee's Burger
- Countless options around

Sketchwalk leaders: Patrick Ng, Favian Ee.

19 January 2019

January Sketchwalk at ACM

This month’s sketchwalk will be at the Asian Civilisations Museum, along the Singapore River.
Credits:
• Banner sketch by (Parka) Teoh Yi Chie.
• This Sketchwalk event post is set up by Favian Ee.

START
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Main entrance of Asian Civilisations Museum
(https://goo.gl/maps/JAT5vZdKPC92)

END
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: Same as Starting Location.

Nearest MRT: Raffles City

Locations to sketch:
- ACM
- Victoria theatre
- National Gallery
- Arts House
- Fullerton Hotel (side view)
- Shophouses along Singapore River
- Singapore River scene (boats, bridges, etc.)

Places to eat and shop:
- Countless options around

Sketchwalk leaders: Patrick Ng, Favian Ee.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

This Sketchwalk is organized in partnership with National Arts Council (NAC) and Filmat36, in conjunction with the launch of《忆记新加坡河》(Memories of Singapore River), an hour-long, heartfelt, documentary that takes viewers back in time to the Singapore River of yesteryears, through the artworks of three local second-generation artists.

In the afternoon, there will be 3 hourly screenings of the above-mentioned documentary, at 2:00PM, 3:00PM, and 4:00PM respectively. The screening is free, but admission is BY TICKETS ONLY.

The hosts have generously provided USKSG members with 90 tickets across 3 screenings (30 tix per screening). Tickets are available for collection during the start and end of the Sketchwalk, first come first served. Collect them from the sketch leaders of the day.

Don’t miss the opportunity to take a nostalgic trip down memory lane or learn of Singapore River’s colorful (literally) history!

06 January 2019

2019's first sketch at Alsagoff Arab School

My first sketch of 2019 was made at the Alsagoff Arab School, 111 Jln Sultan, Singapore 199006. It's a nice opportunity to sketch inside the school as we have permission to do so. All thanks to the I Jio You! group.








This is pencil with watercolour. I was trying out this new Nila Colori watercolour paint that I was sent to test out.

24 December 2018

December Sketchwalk at Emerald Hill

Credits: Sketch by Francis Theo

This month’s sketchwalk will be at Orchard Road, around Emerald Hill and Cuppage area. There’s a nice view from 313 Somerset or Orchard Gateway as seen in the banner, or you can sketch from the glass bridge over Orchard Road. Orchard Central has a nice rooftop garden where you can get some aerial views. Or hang around the quieter enclave of Emerald Hill, lined with Peranakan houses. Or check out the mural in Centrepoint’s basement created by our USk folks while sipping some kopi! There's lots to see, sketch, and eat in the area.


START
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Chatsworth International School porch, Emerald Hill
(https://goo.gl/maps/USEfwdfDXK22)

END
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: Centrepoint basement in front of the Urban Sketchers mural

Nearest MRT: Somerset

Locations to sketch:
- Emerald Hill
- Orchard Road
- 313 Somerset
- Orchard Central
- Orchard Gateway
- Centrepoint
- Cuppage

Places to eat and shop:
- Countless options around

Sketchwalk leaders: Favian Ee

Notes: Bring your own stools and hats. And $$ for post-Christmas sales.

21 November 2018

November Sketchwalk at Kampong Glam


Credits: Banner photo by Mdm Tia

This month's sketchwalk will be in the old Malay/Arab quarter of Kampong Glam, in collaboration with URA.

Some 30 of us will be given special access to the top of Sultan Mosque. First come first served basis. (Important Note: Dress code applies – no sleeveless and shorts for both genders.)

URA will also be providing guided tours around the area.

There's lots to see, sketch, and eat in the area. Visit the Malay Heritage Centre next door to sketch in air-con comfort if you like, or visit Singapore's narrowest street, Haji Lane, which is lined with boutique and quaint and quirky shops.

START
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Bussorah Mall in front of Sultan Mosque
(https://goo.gl/maps/Wmy7W4tKxr12)

END
Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Inside the compounds of Malay Heritage Village

Nearest MRT: Bugis

Locations to sketch:
- Kampong Glam
- Sultan Mosque
- Malay Heritage Centre
- Murals
- Haji Lane, Arab Street, etc.
- Golden Landmark Hotel

Places to eat and shop:
- Countless options in Kampong Glam

Sketchwalk leaders: William Sim & Benedict Tay

Notes: If you wish to enter the mosque, remember not to wear revealing clothes, sleeveless shirts, shorts or short skirts. Observe the dress code. Hats and sunblock for hot weather.



Giveaway contest
Here are the prizes Parka will be giving away:
  • Draw Your Day: An Inspiring Guide to Keeping a Sketch Journal
  • Arrtx Watercolor Brush Markers
  • Brush Pen Illustration: More Than 200 Ideas for Drawing with Brush Pens
  • The Artist's Color Guide: WaterColor Understanding Palette, Pigments and Properties
Criteria for winning the prizes
Prizes are given out at the end of the sketchwalk to winners.
Post a comment on the prize you want.
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You'll need to introduce yourself and your sketch that day.

Good luck!