Not-so-Urban Sketchers

Urban Sketchers Townsville will host a Sketch Weekend in Charters Towers and Ravenswood on 6-7 October. IMAGE: 'Townsville sunset. You can't see the mosquitoes' (detail) Michael Pope.

Townsville’s Urban Sketchers will escape their usual inner-city surrounds when they head to Charters Towers and Ravenswood for a Sketch Weekend in October.

Michael Pope, who established Townsville’s Urban Sketchers group, said the two-day event would give sketchers a good mix of guided sketch activities and free time to explore the two towns at their leisure.

“On the Saturday we’ll do a Sketch Walk through Charters Towers,” said Michael “then in the afternoon we’ll set up at Towers Hill, overlooking the old mine and do some sunset drawing, before heading down for a Drink and Draw at a local pub with a nice beer garden.

“On Sunday, we’ll make our way to Ravenswood – it’s their 150th Anniversary that weekend. We’ll do a Sketch Walk through Ravenswood, after lunch we’ll do some drawing from either the open cut mine or the church. I’ll let people make up their minds on where they’d like to go.”

For the uninitiated, a Sketch Walk is a choose-your-own-adventure style of seeing and drawing a given location.

“A Sketch Walk starts out with a map that shows the published route,” Michael explained. “On it, there’s a start and finish point and a start and finish time. Other than that, it’s really up to the individual. Some people will walk the route and do lots of quick sketches along the way. Others will pick a point somewhere along the route and draw in that spot the entire time. Then when everyone comes back together, you have the whole route sketched out in its entirety.”

The Urban Sketchers Townsville Sketch Weekend will be held on 6 and 7 October. Participation in all Urban Sketchers events is free, although participants will need to arrange their own travel and accommodation. For full details of all Urban Sketchers Townsville events, visit their Facebook page.

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