Sun 2 Feb Hugh Lane Gallery Chinese New Year

On Sunday 2nd of February We're going to The Hugh Lane Gallery
They have a special exhibition as part of the Chinese New Year Festival

This week's challenge is to use red or feature an animal from the Chinese Zodiac.
2014 is the year of the horse, and The Gallery will be exhibiting art featuring horses

If you've not been before, you'll spot us easily as we'll be holding our sketch pads. Don't worry if you're late - just get stuck in with the drawing.

We'll meet again at 4pm at The Candy Cafe, 1 Nth Frederick Street for a coffee. We'll enjoy looking at each other's sketch pads over a drink.
A couple of people each week kindly photograph everyone's work to put on the blog. Please help them out by PUTTING YOUR NAME on your sketch book or on EACH sketch you do! If you've got a camera and fancy helping out with photographing folks work - just get snapping on Sundays! You can either post them on or email them to and someone else can post them for you.

Hope to see you there!

2pm on the steps of the Powerscourt Townhouse Shopping Centre.

Hi all, 

This week the Sketchers will meet at 2pm on the steps of the Powerscourt Townhouse Shopping Centre. South William St. Entrance.

You can draw inside the shopping centre or anywhere around the South William St. area, Grogans, the various coffee shops etc. if you can't handle the shopping centres. Meet back at the steps at 4pm and go for a coffee together inside the centre on the ground floor.

We are expecting a few new people this Sunday, so folks just keep an eye out.

And if you are new to the group you are most welcome. Just bring a sketchbook and whatever drawing materials you want to use, pencils, pens and get stuck in.
If you keep your sketchbook visible  when you arrive at the steps at 2pm people will know you are there to sketch and will most likely say hello. If you are late just get stuck in and meet other folks back  at steps again at 4pm for coffee and chat.

This weeks optional challenge, should you choose to try it, will be to find and draw something no bigger than a typical paperback book, with stitching or buttons on it as accurately as you can. It's a kind of a treasure hunt as much as a drawing challenge but hopefully it will be a bit of fun.

Good luck,


2pm meetup at the Science Gallery on Pearse St. 4pm coffee at the Lombard on the corner opposite the gallery.
Hi all,

This week we will be in the Science Gallery (on Pearse St. near the Pearse St. Dart Station) for the exhibition Life After Nature which throws a questioning eye over the controversial subject of Synthetic Biology. It is the last day of this exhibition so it may be busy but it's been a while since we were there.

We will have coffee over in The Lombard at 4pm just across the road from the science gallery on the corner

This weeks optional challenge should you choose it is to add text that is relevant to what you are drawing or evocative of the atmosphere. It  can also be something you over heard. It can be a kind of soundscape. So keep your ears as well as your eyes open.

See you there,

Dublin Sketchers

Sketches from the Ferocious Mingle Marcade on Camden Street Lower

This place is a real quirky gem with loads to draw and paint! A coffee shop, loads of great stalls, a cinema showing old films and a venue area out the back. We scattered ourselves all over the place, perching where we could.










James before adding more texture and paint!


John C

John C





Sunday 12 January 2014 2pm at the Ferocious Mingle Marcade 60 Camden Street 4pm coffee there

Hi all,

Keeping it indoors during the cold weather this Sundays's venue will see us mixing it up in the
Ferocious Mingle Marcade 60 Camden Street,Dublin 2  4pm coffee there at 4pm

This weeks optional challenge should you choose to except it is to try and convey a sense of texture in your drawings.
Helpful hints think pattern,is it prickly, soft, rough looking,etc. think colour, think temperature, is it cold or warm? how would colour show this, think brass rubbings, or rough wall rubbings, or collage even.

You might even pick up something interesting in this wonderful Alladin's cave.

Look forward to seeing ye there,

Regards James
Dublin Sketchers Group

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Photos from Sunday 5th January at the National Art Gallery











John McManus




Sunday January 5th National Gallery Clare St.entrance 2pm Happy New Year 2014

Hi all, hope you've all had a good Christmas or at least a not too stressful one.
This first 2014 session will take place at the National Gallery. We will meet inside the main entrance on Clare St. at 2pm. We're really looking forward to getting going again and look forward to seeing old friends and familiar faces and hopefully a few new ones too.

We will all meet back at 4pm for coffee in the gallery coffee shop.

It's that time of year again so the Turner Watercolors are on display and well worth a look if you haven't seen them before.

This weeks optional weekly challenge or theme is to try and put "movement or some action" into your drawing, sketch or painting, you decide should you  choose to take it on.

Helpful hints :
You could observe people walking - try to see the pattern of the movements, think animation frame by frame. Why not record the movement of your own hands rotating palm to back of hand for example.
Or look out for repetitive motions around you, traffic flow, birds flying.
Thin to thick line work may help to indicate motion or swirlling lines like in a comic book.

Good luck!

National Gallery is accessible at the Clare St.entrance opposite Trinity College and Lincoln Inn
Dublin Sketchers

Sketches from Collins Barracks 21st December 2013

Des by Aideen

Yasmin by Aideen
Melanie by Aideen

Aideen by Des

Aideen by Des

Melanie by Des

Yasmin by Des

Yasmin by Des

By Marian
By John C

Aideen by Melanie

Aideen by Yasmin

Melanie by Yasmin

Des by Yasmin

Des by Yasmin

Melanie by Yasmin