Sketching Golden Beijing with Dry Twig and Chinese Ink Workshop and Sketchwalk

The workshop will be conducted by Urban Sketchers Instructor – Ch’ng Kiah Kiean, from Penang, Malaysia. This is the first Urban Sketchers workshop held in China, supported by Urban Sketchers with limited scholarships.

At the same time, Urban Sketchers Beijing will provide a one-day tour with the most beautiful sketching destinations.

Sketchers from China and all over the world are welcome to visit Beijing and have a nice weekend sketching experience.


  • One day workshop – Sketching with Dry Twig & Chinese Ink conducted by Ch’ng Kiah Kiean
  • One day sketch walk in old town of Beijing
  • Sketch & Drink with Urban Sketchers Beijing
  • Beijing map of Top 10 drawing destinations
  • Art gift from Winsor & Newton


In this workshop KK will teach the participants how to make own sketching tools from dry twigs and dish washing sponge. We will also explore the use of Chinese ink as the main medium and the traditional Chinese ink painting concept of leaving white space.

The workshop encourages the participants to handmade their own simple sketching tools with dry twigs collected from the surrounding. Explore the three basic elements: dots, lines and shades in sketching with the medium of Chinese ink.

The Line: Discovering how to use the twig and brushes as mark makers

The Environment: Seeing the architecture of the city with a different eyes 

The Composition: Understanding the art of leaving negative space in your composition

The Technique: Strategies for applying limited color to your sketches


Day 1
Date: Aug 30, 2019 (Fri)
Time: 05:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Venue: Shi Shahai (or Fangjia Hutong)


  • Sharing by Ch’ng Kiah Kiean (My Hometown, Penang)
  • Sketch & Drink with Beijing sketchers

Day 2
Date: Aug 31, 2019 (Sat)
Time: 09:00 am – 05:30 pm
Venue: to be confirmed


  • Sketching with Dry Twig & Chinese Ink one day Workshop

Day 3
Date: Sep 1, 2019 (Sun)
Time: 10:00 am – 04:00 pm


  • Morning: Sketchwalk at Bell and Drum Tower*
  • Afternoon: Sketchwalk at Fayuan Temple*
  • Evening: Beijing Roast Duck dinner*

* Dinner and temple entrance ticket fee are not included in the package

Fee & Registration:

Number of participants:
15 maximum (all levels are welcome)

Workshop fee:
USD 120 / person (payable through Paypal)
wechat: florawang0410

One day workshop fee
* You need to book your own accommodation, local food and travel

Cancellation policy:
No refunds for cancellation after July 30, 2019

Supply list:
A list of suggested supplies for the workshop and other practical information will be send to the participants.

Flora Wang / Joyce Wang
Mobile: +86-139 1068 7335


Urban Sketchers / Urban Sketchers Beijing / Winsor & Newton China

Dancing Lines: Ink Drawing on Location, People, Places and Things

Worlds collide and ink will splatter as Urban Sketcher Kiah Kiean Ch’ng, from Penang, Malaysia and Melanie Reim, from New York, USA, join forces to deliver a power-packed workshop where line drawing will rule. The passion and process of drawing architecture and people and the combination of both, with KK’s infamous, hand-crafted twigs and Melanie’s trusted cartridge pens will be explored over two days in and around Seattle, Washington.

Following a meet and greet and artist presentations of their work, we’ll explore the markets and other locations of Seattle with a respective focus on the majesty of architecture and the crowds of people in action through the eyes and expertise of our instructors.

Premises of composition, mark-making and calligraphic line will be explored through two days of workshops. Participants will have an opportunity to work with KK and Melanie each for a day as they each offer two equally strong but different ways of dynamic picture making and storytelling. Drawing directly onto the page, working with happy accidents of ink splatter and evoking mood through a variety of weight of line and tone illustrate the way that our lines dance across the page- Come dance with us as we draw Seattle!

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