Summer Sketchbook Challenge

With summer upon us and still unable to meet up, we have to consider what is achievable as an art group in the current circumstances. Although several of our events have been cancelled or put on hold, we can still share our enjoyment of art through this website. With that in mind we are launching our Summer 2020 Sketchbook Challenge. In this challenge you are invited to complete your own sketchbook capturing how you spent your time during this period of social isolation as a visual diary or time capsule of these unusual times. There are no rules with this challenge-you can decide your own medium, style and theme. Neither is it intended to be a daily record- you choose when you add content.

monochrome sketch

If you are fortunate to be able to venture out for a walk, you may be spoilt for choice with ideas. However, even if you are confined to home, there will be a vast array of subject matter available to you including anything in your garden, still life, pets, people, home interior, etc.

We will be delighted to share your progress and display any sketches on our website and intend to set aside some time at a future event for us to share and enjoy the finished work. If successful, this project could also be a newsworthy item either locally or with one of the art magazines.

Hints & Tips to get you started

  • Sketchbooks and Materials
paints and pencils

Sketchbooks come in many varieties and sizes; you could even make your own. However, you will need to consider the paper quality in the context of the medium you intend to use; i.e. cartridge paper is fine for dry work- graphite, coloured pencils, marker pens, etc. but a heavier paper will be needed for wetter work i.e. watercolour, inks etc.

Size – an advantage of working from home is that you are not restricted to a portable size of sketchbook so you could go large. If you want to buy a sketchbook don’t forget that our local Fareham Gallery will be pleased to help you.

  • Content

What goes in your sketchbook is your choice- it may be rough sketches, a finished painting, a detailed drawing, a collage, etc.

Sketchbooks

You could experiment with different media

You may decide to include some narrative – as much or as little to remind you of why you chose the image or where it is from, or to just capture the moment.

You could also include other memorabilia

What goes in your sketchbook is your choice- it may be rough sketches, a finished painting, a detailed drawing, a collage, etc.

Sketchbook apples

You may decide to include some narrative – as much or as little to remind you of why you chose the image or where it is from, or to just capture the moment.

You could also include other memorabilia

  • Theme
sketch of a house

This can be just a general visual diary of your lockdown happenings or taking a specific theme of your choice such as:

My Garden

Views from my window

Pets or people around me

Alternatively, you can compile your sketchbook from our suggestions. Each week on a Monday we will release a topic for members to interpret. You can skip a week if the topic doesn’t inspire you

To start you off, here’s the first topic:

every day items

Week one : Every Day Objects

Week Two: Plant Life

Week Three: An Interesting Structure

You can see from this Week three topic that i’ve sketched a bridge in Rotterdam. No, i’ve not been on my travels. This was one of the early stops on the Southampton Urban Sketchers Virtual Cruise around the world. Unable to meet on a monthly basis due to the lockdown restrictions the group meets virtually every 2 weeks to sketch in a different location. Anyone can join their Facebook page and jump aboard for the cruise of a lifetime!

Fruit and veg

Week 4: Food focus

Old Garden House by E Baker

Week 5: Home

  • Week 6 – wishful thinking
  • Week 7 -another living being
  • Week 8 – view from my window
  • Week 9 – my day
  • Week 10 – something special to me (final subject)

If you are in need of further inspiration, there are numerous sources accessible via Google or You tube. If you still have back editions of Leisure Painter, you could take a look at Ann Mortimer’s ‘Garden Journal’ in November 2018.

…And Finally

Share your images and progress – if there’s sufficient take up we’ll award a prize for the most popular exhibit!