Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sketchcrawl - October 2014

After a few proposed locations, we decided to start a series of school sketches, starting with St Teresa's school which was established in 1885.  Since I had to tell my ex-teachers how many sketchers we were expecting, so that they can inform the school principal and the guards that we were coming during the weekend, I estimated about 8 sketchers.  Therefore, we were pleasantly surprised with the turn out of 14 sketchers, including one new sketcher.  Catherine, Gabrielle & I recalled going to school here, years ago.  Quite a lot had changed since then.  New covered walkways, new landscapes, new extension blocks, new outdoor furniture, new paint, etc.
We missed out on a group photo this round because the rain came suddenly & chased us away.  All the close-up shots on artworks are courtesy of Jee. Here are photos Jee took of us sketching, after he completed his own sketch. View more of our activities on our Facebook Group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/USkKuching/
by Jascinta
by Tan
by Aurelia
by Aurelia
by Jee
by Annette
by Georges
by Gabrielle
by Catherine
by Yvonne
I'd always been really proud of nurturing and encouraging parents who brought their children to sketch with urbansketchers; like Clive, who would patiently wait for Nicholas (13yo) & Nicole (11yo) to finish sketching, even brought them out for their own sketch outings some weekends.
by Nicholas
by Nicole
by Hel
Halfway through, my ex-teachers came to have a look at our sketches and requested for my linework sketch to be used as a print on their new school books carry bag.  I gladly obliged, after all it is considered a true honour to have students of my alma-mater carrying my sketch around.
 by Pegs
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My alma-mater, while I sat under the tree, infested with dropping tiny leaves, mosquitoes, sand flies, wasps & other bugs. (blots were unintentional. from swatting flies) Urban sketching really made me observe details that would usually miss the fleeting eye; like missing letters in the signages, an ex-mission school with Arabic words inscribed on the walls of the school hall, non-symmetrical decorative columns, etc. cool! ��

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sketchcrawl - September 2014

For this month's sketchcrawl, we got ourselves into the Segu Bungalow. Segu Bungalow was said to be originally built at Kampung Segu which is also known as Kampung Benuk, about 30km from the city at Puncak Borneo, as the last Rajah's as his summer house. But since he hardly had the time to visit the village, when he became the Rajah, he had it dismantled and reassembled – piece by piece – on the hill top along Park Lane in 1936. Museum curators used to stay at this bungalow.
 Louise Macul, now, lives in this bungalow.  So with special permission, a handful of our members wondered around the compound and on the porch, capturing some interesting sketches of this place; including the artwork/mural done by Tusau Padan, a Kenyah from Baram, in around 1950s.
As seen from the following picture, some of the buildings on the left in the compound is being rebuilt because the original timber structure were bad affected by termite.
We ended the morning with a show & tell by Louise, who told us stories of the old bungalow, over some morning tea with local kueh & fruits.

by Gabby
by Yvonne
by Yvonne
by Aurelia 
by Georges
by Jascinta
by Liew

by Pegs
by Min
by Min
by Min
by Min
by Min
a layout of the Segu bungalow by Min

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sketchwalk Route 4 Kampung Boyan

Last Sunday afternoon, most of us met at the sampan jetty outside Khatulistiwa Cafe, and crossed Sungai Sarawak to Kampung Boyan in batches.  We were sketching in very dramatic grey skies, between drizzles & strong winds.  Sketchers were dotted everywhere in the friendly kampung.  As usual Jee did some quick sketches and started going around hunting and 'shooting' sketchers in action.  He shared his photos in this album here.
Gette and I stayed in one of the sheds along the new walkway along the kampung side, with some locals fishing next to us. Chilly weather but warm pleasant company. 
Despite the temperamental weather, we still had about 16 sketchers for this sketchwalk, the last of August Sketchwalks.  

These are a few of our sketches from last Sunday. Go to our USk Kuching FB group album to check out more. https://www.facebook.com/groups/USkKuching/ 
by Gette
by Annette
by Pegs
by Yvonne
by Aurelia
This concludes our August Sketchwalks for this year.  Next month onwards, we are back to 1st Sunday of every month. Meanwhile, we'll keep you posted on when the September exhibition will be! We want your sketches!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sketchwalk Route 3 Jalan Padungan

For the 3rd Sketchcrawl of August, we covered Jalan Padungan, a commercial area that mushroomed in the economic boom of 1920s and 1930s Kuching.  Today, one can still find the traditional Chinese pastry shops with traditional candies, local pohpiah (spring roll) skin maker, bicycle/motorcycle repair shops, candles & fruits shops selling offerings for the afterlife, and many more.  At both ends of the street, you can find cat statues, because Kuching sounds like "kucing" which means cat in Malay.  
We ended the Sketchcrawl at Song Kheng Hai hawker centre where after the group photos, some stayed on for local delicacies like sugarcane coconut juice, kongpia, rojak, belacan beehoon, sotong kangkong, etc.  

Despite the rain, we had quite a good turn out with some new faces and young sketchers.  Come join us for last August Sketchwalk Route 4 : 24 AUG 2014
Area : Kampung Boyan / Kampung Gersik
(any Lorong or buildings within the vicinity)
2:00pm Briefing at jetty outside Khatulistiwa Cafe, Waterfront (we'll take the jetty to cross Sungai Sarawak)
2:00pm to 5:00pm - Sketching
5:00pm - Congregate for group photo at food court near jetty at Kampung Boyan side
A compilation of sketched scenes of Jalan Padungan
USk Kuching sketchers with their sketches
These are a few of our sketches from last Sunday. Go to our USk Kuching FB group album to check out more. https://www.facebook.com/groups/USkKuching/





by Yvonne Yeo
by Aurelia
by Gabrielle
by Pegs
Sketchers mingling and viewing the collection of sketches from the day's outing