Artists document S'pore through art

Artists document S'pore through art
Lee Lip Jiang, a visual arts student at the School Of The Arts (Sota), and his mother, Madam Tia Boon Sim, a founder of a sketching group called the Urban Sketchers Singapore, showing their sketches.

SINGAPORE - They show the world, one drawing at a time.

Started on photo-sharing website, Flickr,

Forget art museums and paintings in small stuffy studios - people around the world are joining the Urban Sketchers movement.

The idea is simple: Visit a location and portray it on paper, using watercolours, chalk or just plain pencil, to capture the look and feel of the place.

The local group was started in 2009 by Madam Tia Boon Sim, 58, a lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic, after she came across the Urban Sketchers global site.

She had initially wanted to find like-minded individuals to do some quick drawings together.

Since then, their numbers have grown to more than 2,000, judging by the group's local Facebook page.

The local sketchers have also produced four books - compilations of their sketches.

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