Urban Sketching Workshop with John Harrison

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Calder Art

34 Byram Arcade

Westgate Road



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Urban sketching workshop…

Since its humble beginnings in 2007, the Urban Sketching movement has grown into a massively popular phenomenon, connecting sketchers from all over the globe, who share their work, to support and inspire one another and sketchers everywhere.

From the Urban Sketchers Manifesto:
•We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation

• Our drawings are a record of time and place.

• We are truthful to the scenes we witness.

• We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
• We support each other and draw together.

The day will start in the studio with a brief introduction to the aims and scope of the workshop, then we will venture out into the city centre, to find suitable subjects for sketching.

We will work as a group, after choosing a location where we can each choose viewpoints or subjects we feel comfortable with, and aim to complete as many sketches as we each feel able to –no pressure at all: if you want to spend the morning session drawing just one building.

The afternoon will then be spent back in the studio where we will work one or more of our sketches from the morning into a full size line and wash painting: John’s medium of choice is pen and watercolour, but feel free to work in whatever you’re most comfortable with…

About the Artist

John Harrison - Yorkshire born and bred - and proud of it.

John produces drawings and then adds colour in the form of watercolour washes, not too dissimilar to a traditional painter. He will often start with a pencil drawing, add watercolour washes, then add ink lines over the top, but usually starts with a line drawing in ink, or more often, a sketch.

He is an active Urban Sketcher - meeting up with other artists at a wide variety of locations to ‘show the world, one drawing at a time’ (a direct quote from the Urban Sketchers’ website).

The inspiration for much of his work is to be found within Yorkshire’s borders, and running a close second, the English Lake District: townscapes, landscapes (as long as there’s a building of some sort!), walls, hamlets, villages, ports and harbours as his main subjects. He's always looking for a different viewpoint of familiar places – a dynamic angle, with strong light and shade, which helps the drawing come alive.

He constantly strives to keep the loose, spontaneous nature of a sketch in all his work.

Materials you’ll need:

A sketchbook: any shape, size, quality

Drawing tools: pens, pencils, twigs dipped in ink,

Paints: whatever medium you want - John will be demonstrating his line and wash style, which utilises waterproof ink pens, and watercolour paint.

Brushes: whatever size you have, although larger brushes(size 8 and above) will be best for loose expressive washes.

Paper: Good quality watercolour paper in loose sheets, pads or blocks. John’s favoured brand is Saunders Waterford 300g rough in a quarter imperial size (approx. 15” x 11”) but any equivalent good quality paper will do. The paper we choose to paint on is the foundation of our work—and like a house, a good foundation is critical for the success of a painting: good quality paper is of great importance, especially for the beginner who is learning.

All materials are available online at www.calderartsupplies.co.uk. Or you can pick these up instore before the class begins.

Materials Provided

Calder Art will provide the following materials for the workshop:

Table Top Easel

13 x 17 12mm Warp resistant MDF Board

Palette or Mixing Plate

Limited sundry products are also available if you forget anything.

Course Details

Minimum numbers apply for courses to run. Payment is due in full at the time of booking, either through the shop, phone or online. All sales are final unless transferring to another class in which a difference in price will be paid. Full refunds will be given if the courses cannot take place. If you cannot make the classes for any reason no refunds will be given.

You can book by calling us on our telephone number 01484 422991 or visit in store.

We also have an online booking option through our Facebook site:


This will also give you a breakdown of details of the class and times to attend.

If you have any issues booking online please give the shop a call and we will endeavour to sort this out over the phone.

Refreshments are available all day (tea, coffee, biscuits etc.) and there will be a lunch break of approximately one hour.

You can visit our very own Arcade Café for a selection of delicious lunch options, you can see an example here: https://www.facebook.com/ArcadeCoffeeFood/.

There are plenty of local shops and cafes in the area within close walking distance to the arcade.

Alternatively, you may bring your own lunch.

The nearest car park available to the venue is the multi-storey next to Huddersfield bus station. All details are found on the link below. The cost of the car park is £2.00 for 3 hours (all levels) or £4.00 for 10 hours (upper two levels only


Our venue is also a 2 minute walk from both the main bus and train stations.


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