Hyde Art Project – Urban Sketching

A couple of weeks ago I took a group of Year Seven students from Alder Community High School into Hyde Town Centre to do some urban sketching.  We spent the morning wandering around the Civic Square and Clarendon Square Shopping Centre drawing interesting buildings, objects and views.  Lots of the group opted to draw the beautiful Hyde Town Hall, with the clock tower being a favourite part of the building.

We also went inside Clarendon Square Shopping Centre (not just to warm up!) and did some quick drawing exercises, doing sketches in 1 minute and 5 minutes to try and loosen up our drawings.

We then returned to the school, had a little lie down to recover from the walk back and went for lunch!  In the afternoon, we created imaginary high street scenes on large sheets of cardboard, drawing and then painting them.  We didn’t get them finished so some of the group stayed behind for Art Club to do a bit more work on the paintings.

We did however make the local paper (fame at last!).  Here’s a link to the Manchester Evening News and here’s a few of the group’s brilliant drawings.  Thanks to Alder Community High School – I’m hoping I can return to do some more work there.

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