Situated on the Northern Beaches of Sydney our Manly studio is where it all started for us back in 2011. We offer a range of classes, workshops, meetups and sketching day trips from our base here.

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intro to travel sketching
For new sketchers

For those new to Travel sketching why not join our 9 week step by step course.

 Erin Hill Travel Sketching follows a program of foundation skills to take you from first stepping stones through to confident and passionate travel sketcher in a fun and relaxed environment.

It’s important to attend every one of the 9 weeks classes. If you must miss one we do offer a makeup in another Intro class in the same week.

Once you've booked a course, there are no refunds for missed classes. Nor can these be carried over to another term.

We look forward to you joining our sketching community.

Term starts February 12 till April 13th
(9 weeks)

Intro to Travel Sketching
6.30PM - 8.30PM with Gaye

Intro to Travel Sketching
9.30AM - 12.30AM with Gaye

Intro to Travel Sketching
11.30AM - 1.30PM with Donna



travel sketching
for returning students

Inspiring classes in a supportive, fun environment, no matter what your level of experience once you've completed the Intro to Sketching course.
We take you to any level you desire.

Each week we’ll explore a new theme on location in and around Manly. Using a variety of mediums and techniques, our aim is to enhance your own individual style and build your sketching confidence and creativity.

You may swap a class if you must miss one. No refunds for missed classes. Cannot be carried over to another term.

Term starts February 12th till April 6th
( 8 weeks)

TUESDAY Fully Booked
Travel Sketching
11.00AM - 2.00PM with Toni

THURSDAY Fully Booked
Travel Sketching
1.00PM - 4.00PM with Toni

Travel Sketching with Erin
9.30AM - 12.30PM

$320 FOR 8 WEEKS
$180 FOR 4 WEEKS


urban sketching SYDNEY

Sydney is one of the worlds’ most scenic cities and our Adventure/Urban Sketching class invites you to discover it anew with a Sketcher's eyes.

Classes run every Wednesday over 8 weeks in a different Sydney city location each week. This is the closest experience to being on our Sketch Holidays!
Travel/Urban Sketching in your own city.

Your tutor updates you ahead as to where you will meet.

Kathy explores Sydney and finds all kinds of sketch-worthy monuments, architecture, harbour scenes and unexpected places.

You may swap a class for any other Travel Sketching Class.
No refunds for missed classes. Cannot be carried over to another term.

Term starts February 14th - April 4th
(8 weeks)

Adventure/Urban Sketching
10.00AM - 1.00PM

$320 FOR 8 WEEKS
$180 FOR 4 WEEKS


Have a question or concern? Not sure which class to join? Just want to chat first before booking?
Get in touch with Erin, anytime -
- or message on +61 412 141 223



We have so many people who’d love to learn the first steps in Urban and Travel Sketching the Erin Hill way. Quick impressions sketched in the time you have. This is for you. You’ll learn enough to take it away on your own, though many return for the term courses to advance those first skills.

Sunday Workshops are designed for those new to sketching and would like to overcome the fear of ‘not having talent’. We are the people everyone comes to, to get started.

A fun day in Manly and a great way to discover our unique approach to travel sketching. Everyone can learn with the Erin Hill method. Everyone goes away with a new life skill.
We loan you our customised sketch kit for the day. The sketchbook is your gift from us. Do bring lunch and coffee money and a big smile.

2019 DATES:
January 13th. February 17th. March 17th. April 21st. May 19th. June 16th.
21st. August 18th. September 22nd. October 20th. November 17th. December 15th.

COST: $150PP.
TIME: 10.00AM - 3.00PM (5 HOURS)



Our Watercolour Workshops are designed to help you understand where to put colour on your sketches, where to begin on the page, how much water and pigment and many more of the mysteries you may have stumbled on. We will work with you in the Studio on a variety of subjects to give you confidence when you are sketching on location. No more wondering if it’s going to work! Yes it will.

TIME: 11.00AM - 2.00PM

Monday January 7th (Fully Booked)
‘Getting Loose with Paint’ with Erin

Monday January 21st
‘Getting Loose with Paint’ - with Erin

Monday February 4th
‘Getting Loose with Paint’ with Erin

Monday March 4th.
‘Faces and Figures in Watercolour’ with Kathy

Monday March 18th.
’Flowers and Nature’ with Tammy

Monday April 1st.
’Water and Reflections’ with Kathy

Monday April 8th.
’Skies and Landscapes’ with Tammy


Our tutored Workshops are a great opportunity to do what artists over the centuries have always done. To sketch from life. It keeps you loose and improves your observation and composition skills. Now is your chance.
Cost includes model fee.
We have a professional model to work with and we start with quick poses through to longer.
Bring your own sketch kit and A4 sketchbook or similar - and wine. Varying materials and mediums. We will be sketching as we sit or stand during poses.
We’ll supply tea, coffee and soft drinks.

Thursday January 24th
Thursday February 7th
Thursday February 21st
Thursday March 7th
Thursday March 21st

COST: $49 pp per Workshop
WHERE: The Studio, 97 Sydney Rd, manly
6.30PM - 8.30PM


A great opportunity to sketch together with business associates, families and friends, Girls Night Out and so on.
No previous experience needed, as our tutor will guide you through the simple steps.
We supply sketch kit and paper. Tea, Coffee and soft drinks. Loads of fun and you’ll be delighted with your sketches.
BYO Wine and nibbles.
Minimum 6 people. Maximum 10people
Usually 6.30PM - 9.00PM.

COST: $49pp. email for info and bookings


2 X Travel Sketching with Collage Workshops with Anne Scott
(former EHS sketcher & Urban Sketcher

When travelling, we accumulate tickets, maps, brochures and other pieces of paper. Using them as collage adds extra interest and memories to a sketch.  These pieces of paper can be glued onto a page. This prepared page is sketched over on location. 
Please use the things you already have. Don’t feel you need to buy anything. We will work with the materials you have as if we were travelling. 
We’ll use pens, pencils, colour and collage to create 2 – 3 pages/sheets on the theme of cafes, buildings, skylines, streets and/or alleyways.


Paper or Sketchbook- A4 size paper thicker than computer paper  ie; 180gms or thicker (for Mixed media) Or any shape / size of sketchbook you are using.
Pens  Bring a few pens such as finepoint pens, ink pens, markers, posca pens
Pencils- One Lead and a few coloured 
– Best one is Mod Podge glue (Matte) or PVA or gluestick. Old brush or scaper for glue
Paint –
Watercolour or gouche.  
Travel Ephemera - Pieces of paper to collage 

Bring whatever you have but limit yourself to an A4 envelope.
Eg. tickets, maps, receipts, boarding passes, stamps, café business cards, paper napkins, labels, stickers, newspapers, brochures 
Travel brochure text ; using different size fonts as design elements

Saturday February 9th
Saturday April 27th
COST: $49 pp per Workshop
WHERE: The Studio, 97 Sydney Rd, manly
9.30AM - 12.30PM

how to find us

97 Sydney Road, Manly

The Manly Studio is conveniently placed at the lower end of Sydney Road. We have street parking with a couple of area permits available. We are a 10 minute walk up Sydney Rd from the Manly Wharf if coming from town.

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