USK Ed Event: Townsville Sketchfest – CANCELLED

Image credit: Gerakd Soworka  Dear sketchers Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, I must unfortunately announce that Townsville Sketchest is cancelled for this year. This event was scheduled for Friday 5 – Sunday 7 June 2020 and also applies to the Magnetic Island sketch walk on Monday 8 June as well. This is due to […]

Solo trans-Tasman crossing for asthma

[By Murray Dewhurst in Auckland]  Congratulations Scott Donaldson, the mad kiwi who yesterday completed the first ever solo kayak crossing of the Tasman Sea, from Coffs Harbour in New South Wales, Australia, to Ngāmotu Beach, New Plymouth, New Zealand. The crossing is a ridiculous sounding 2200 kilometer paddle which apparently featured huge swells, an aggressive […]

Vectors & Mars Violet at the 6 o’clock swill

[Guest post by Richard Aitken, Melbourne, Australia]  March and April (our early autumn) is a great time for sketching in southern parts of Australia—the weather is mild and settled, with the threat of 40-degree scorchers behind us (hello America, that’s 104 degrees F). And where better to start than with this country’s fine stock of […]

Evoking memories along the coast of Victoria

[Guest post by Angela Williams in Melbourne, Australia] Returning home always provides the opportunity to revisit places of precious childhood memories. For me, many of these memories are of weekend or holiday walks and picnics, usually along the coast. My Christmas summer holiday break is always spent with my independent 97-year-old dad and my extended family […]

Sketch-perfect day at Watson Bay

[Guest post by Rooi Ping Lim in Sydney, Australia] USK Sydney kicked off the 2018 New Year on a glorious summer day at Watson Bay, an iconic beach on the eastern suburb of Sydney. Watson Bay has lovely beaches, delicious seafood, views to awe anyone and abundant ‘sketchable’ spots for sketching-mad sketchers! A large group […]

Snapshots from an Australian summer

[Guest post by Barbara Gao in Australia]  Over the Christmas break I went on a much anticipated trip to Australia. It was my first time setting foot in the Southern Hemisphere! After getting off a 14-hour red-eye flight, I arrived in Sydney at 9am. Although extremely jet-lagged and slightly delirious, I still set off immediately […]

The Coat Hanger – Sydney Harbour Bridge

[By Chris Haldane in Sydney] As this is my first post as a correspondent, I thought I’d like to share something from my city that is loved by tourists and locals alike, so I’ve gone back through my sketchbooks to find the Sydney Harbour Bridge (affectionately called The Coat Hanger by locals) from various viewpoints. […]

Meet the correspondent: Chris Haldane > Sydney, Australia

Drawing has always fascinated me. If my family couldn’t find me when I was a little girl, all they had to do was go to the bookshelf, and there I’d be, drawing in their books! Following a career in teaching, I’ve recently completed tertiary studies in art and am reveling in the time I now […]


[by Teo Cheng Huat ,Beijing, China] The Rozelle Collectors Market is Sydney’s favourite outdoor second hand, bric-a-brac and antique market. Good place to spend on weekend, food and entertain by local performance. Stallholders have been selling their pre-loved wares to an ever expanding audience in the grounds of the Rozelle Public School for over 20 […]

Looking Up (and Down) in Sydney’s Queen Victoria Building

[Stephanie Bower, Seattle, in Sydney] I do like a good sketching challenge! A rainy Sunday morning, this was sketched while eating breakfast in the Queen Victoria Building in central Sydney and painted later that morning in the same spot. I liked the linework quite a bit, as I do love capturing complicated perspective views, so […]