Last Saturday was the Urban Sketchers Bristol chapter meet up.
We met in the Bristol Museum and I decided to sit in the cafe and sketch using my new travel watercolour kit
I also decided to try and sketch people, my first person (chap with the top knot on the left) was my first and my favorite, I am not very pleased with the others but am seeing this as something I can learn to develop as I try new techniques etc.
One thing we did find out during the meet up was that the museum does NOT allow you to use anything other than pencil! Several staff approached some of the group about their watercolours (even though we were all using sealed water pens, the ones that hold a small amount of water in the cartridge and doesn't even flick out of the fiber end) asking them to stop using them.
Sadly we cannot find this anywhere on their webiste and none of their staff could even point out where this was stated! I totally understand the issue, but these sealed pens carry no risk of spillage whilst children run around with bottles of juice and they even sell water pistols in the museum shop!
Now we know we can ensure that we only bring pencils if we sketch there again, but it is a shame that this was not communicated to the public and I suggest a tad outdated considering most use water pens. It would be interesting to know other museums take on this or whether other groups have had any issues?
If you have please let me know?