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)

Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Commonwealth Drive, opposite Block 117 near the shelters

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.
• Banner sketch by (Parka) Teoh Yi Chie.
• This Sketchwalk event post is set up by Favian Ee.

Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Main entrance of Asian Civilisations Museum

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

Nearest MRT: Raffles City

Locations to sketch:
- 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.


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.

Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Chatsworth International School porch, Emerald Hill

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.

Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Bussorah Mall in front of Sultan Mosque

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.
Only comments here count.
Leave your real name if you're using nickname.
You'll need to introduce yourself and your sketch that day.

Good luck!

14 November 2018

Video Clips on Channel 8

The entire episode on USKSG on "Tuesday Report" Channel 8 at 8:30pm

The interview on Chinese news on Channel 8 at 6:30pm

31 October 2018

We are featured on local TV

《行脚 。发现》预告 - 8频道新闻及时事节目
《行脚 。发现》系列 让你了解从未发现的新加坡
This is the trailer. Watch us - Urban Sketchers Singapore on Tuesday, 13 Nov, 8:30pm on Channel 8.
TIA, founder of USKSG, will also make a guest appearance same day on 6:30pm news before the actual programme at 8:30pm.
Thanks for your support!

25 October 2018

October Sketchwalk at Sentosa Boardwalk

Credits: Banner photo by Don Low

This month's sketchwalk will be along the waterfront between Vivo City and Sentosa. Sketch along the boardwalk or along the waterfront, or go up to the roof of Vivo City for an elevated view. A sprawling view of Sentosa's skyline can be seen from mainland, while you can catch the view of the cable cars, Vivo City, Harbourfront and the ferry terminal from the boardwalk. There's good food and shopping all around, and air-conditioned eateries to sketch from.

Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Start of Sentosa Boardwalk at the Vivo City end

Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Same as start point

Nearest MRT: Harbourfront

Locations to sketch:
- Waterfront
- Vivo City rooftop

Places to eat and shop:
- Vivo City
- Harbourfront
- Resorts World Sentosa
- Seah Imm
- Free entry to Sentosa on foot

Sketchwalk leaders: Patrick Ng

Notes: Hats and sunblock might come in handy!

25 September 2018

September Sketchwalk at Old Changi Hospital

Credits: Banner photo by Jerome Lim

For this month's sketchwalk, we will visit a piece of our history with an illustrious past - the Old Changi Hospital at Netheravon Road. Access inside the buildings are restricted, but we can sketch from the outside. Give yourselves some time to make your way there as it is quite "ulu", but this is a rare chance to sketch this far-flung part of Singapore. If you have the time, stay for the sunset at the Changi Boardwalk, or have a bite at Coastal Settlement, which is quite a place to sketch as well.


Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Outside Old Changi Hospital at the grassy slope along Netheravon Road

Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Same as start point

Nearest MRTs: Pasir Ris, Tampines East (EWL, DTL), then take a bus

Locations to sketch:
- Old Changi Hospital buildings
- Changi Boardwalk
- Old SIA Club (Access restricted but prob can sketch from outside)
- Coastal Settlement
- Changi Sailing Club

Places to eat and shop:
- Coastal Settlement
- Cafes and restaurants nearby

Sketchwalk leaders: Flavian Ee

Notes: Bring mosquito repellent. Hats might be useful when sitting under trees. Sunblock might be helpful too.