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Streetscapes - a guided tour

This is a new course for 2020. The exercises will be posted to our Facebook group from the 1st of the month as well as to our Instagram page.

We hope you will enjoy these 12 exercises. Join our Facebook group to take part and share your work. Our group is open to all skill levels and is very friendly and encouraging.

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No expensive supplies needed. Use what you have at home or buy kids craft supplies. These are experimental exercises 👉 pencils, acrylic paints, charcoal, paper, pen and glue.


Exercise 1

 Create a simple streetscape painting by copying Twighlight, Arthur Streeton, (1889).
👩‍🎨 Use one colour and some white paint to mix in as well.
👩‍🎨 Apply the paint using a piece of card.
👩‍🎨 The shape of the card creates the buildings.
👩‍🎨 Use the edge of the card for the lines.
👩‍🎨 Enjoy!

Here is a video demonstration of how to apply paint using a card 🎬

Exercise 2

 Continuous line drawing of a streetscape
👉 Use a photo of a street, preferably one you’ve taken yourself— or use mine 😊
👉 Without taking your pen off the paper draw all the lines and shapes you see.
👉 It’s a good exercise for exploring your subject and getting a feel for the composition.

🎬 watch the demo here

Exercise 3

Quick two-colour sketches of a streetscape.
The main idea here is to play around with colours. These can be done quite quickly so you’re also doing for quick sketches and becoming more familiar with your subject and practicing the composition in a very short space of time 👍
👉 Select a streetscape photo to work with and grab some pastels or paints.
👉 Choose four combinations of colours.
👉 For each of your squares you will use one colour to fill in for a background on the other colour to sketch with.
👉 You can always use your background colour as part of the sketch as well.
I hope you enjoy it!
🎬 here’s my demo

Exercise 4

Have a play with some cardboard relief
✂️I found a few various pieces of cardboard of different shades.
✂️ I cut them all down to half a standard piece of paper.
✂️ I chose to use Paul Cezanne's, Dr Gachet's house in Auvers, as inspiration.
✂️I chose the lighter shade of cardboard for the background with the darker in the foreground and the lightest for the path.
✂️ I focused on cutting the simple lines I could see in the background, midground and foreground for each piece of cardboard.
✂️ I kept it as simple as I could and drew in a few details at the end.
🎬 Here's the video link 👉

Exercise 5

Charcoal and tissue technique

Choose your street scene, I’m enjoying trying different techniques on the same scene at the moment.
👉 Use charcoal to put out down plenty of dark areas, basic shapes and lines.
👉 Take a tissue and wipe it all away. I’m using natural charcoal here which wipes away very well.
👉 draw again over the top. You’ll now have plenty of tone on the paper from the previous attempt.
👉 Wipe away your drawing again.
👉 Try to improve on the elements that you may not have got right the first couple of times. Or focus more on line as you’ll already have a lot of dark areas on the paper.
🎬 watch the demo here

Exercise 6

Abstract streetscape collage
This exercise helps you breakdown an image into its basic shapes and colours. It’s challenging but good fun 😅
👉 Use a photo of a street scene as a reference.
👉 look through magazines or newspapers for the colours you’re after. It’s fun to use picture rather than plain blocks of colour as you get a more interesting result.
👉 Tear out shapes to create a collage based on your picture. You’re simplifying it down to its basic areas of colour.
👉 Step back and compare it with your photo as you go.
🎬 my time lapsed demo video

Exercise 7

Exploring a streetscape by Monet through drawing.
👉 take the time to explore the painting using your pen or pencil.
👉 You can really delve into every little aspect of it when you’re drawing. There’s no need to feel you should reproduce it accurately.
🎬 here’s my short demo


Exercise 8

Coloured contour streetscape drawing
This exercise won't take long.
👉 I found this photo which I took at Edith Cowan University.
👉 Using it as inspiration, I chose 4 colours.
👉 Using a cloth, I applied a water colour wash.
👉 I then used some black acrylic paint on a thin brush to draw a contour of the building and bushes.

🎬 Here's the video 👉

Exercise 9

Use a pen to copy this painting using vertical lines.

It’s a great way to focus on on the varying tones of the image.
🖊 it’s helpful to blur your eyes a bit to exaggerate the light and dark areas.
🖊 You can work quickly. I spent about 10 minutes on this.

Exercise 10

 A streetscape collage
✂️ I chose an image from a magazine to use as my base image.
✂️ I then found other streetscape images of various sizes.
✂️ I cut the smaller images to fit the shapes on the base image.✂️ I kept adding images until I liked it.
🎬 Here's the video

Exercise 11

For this exercise I’ve chosen to copy Pantokrator Monastery by Spyros Papaloukas (1924).
It’s an expressionist painting and it really caught my attention. I found it on Google Arts and Culture. I love the shapes and colours of this one.
I did my copy using oil pastels and used the exercise o copying it to study the painting rather than worrying about accuracy. It’s not that accurate 😅
🎬 here’s my demo

Exercise 12

Our final exercise for the month! Copy this charcoal study by Edward Hopper.

👉 For this exercise I copied Edward Hopper's study of the nighthawks.
👉 Using soft charcoal, I copied the geometric shapes and hard lines of the buildings.
👉 I also used a chalk white pastel for a few areas.
🎬 Here's a link to the video 👉