July 20, 2011

Drawing Attention: Summer Sketching Around the Globe

This is a busy month for the urban sketching world. While almost 200 Urban Sketchers will convene this week in Lisbon for the 2nd International Sketching Symposium, other sketching events are happening all over the world.

“Urban Croquiseros” in Buenos Aires

USK Correspondent Norberto Dorantes is part of a group of architects, designers, planners and designers who have begun meeting together monthly in different Buenos Aires neighborhoods. Beginning at a meeting of Urban Sketchers-Argentina, this group prefers the label "urban croquiseros". Leaving the more well-known tourist areas, these sketchers are trying to capture the sense of place in lesser visited neighborhoods. Coco Rasdolsky says: "We want to discover another city, which remains on the margins outside of tourism. It is not simply to draw buildings and surroundings, but to capture the sensitivity of the site, everyday life, and architectural changes over time. Sketches are posted on the Croquiseros Urbanos blog.

SketchJazz! in São Paulo

Over the past year, USK correspondent Eduardo Bajzek and fellow São Paulo sketchers have been participating in an event called SketchJazz! Bringing together two Brazilain passions — music and drawing — sketchers have gathered in bars and clubs to enjoy jazz and location drawing. In early June, their work was included in a group exhibition called Sketchjazz! Their blog and the following video show some of the fun. More information about the events is on Eduardo’s blog.

SketchJazz from Montalvo Machado on Vimeo.

USK Phillipines Exhibit and Talk

In early July, USK-Phillipines members Janeil Arlegui, Buz Walker Teach and Ryan Sumo conducted a talk on travel sketching at the Manila Metropolitan Museum. Museum Director Gerard Torres invited the sketchers to give the talk and exhibit their sketches in conjunction with an exhibit of National Artist Jose Joya’s (deceased) travel sketches from the 1960s to 80s.

Tiong Bahru Revisited

Sketches by three USK correspondents, (Tia Boon Sim, Paul Wang, Don Low) and Miel Prudencio, were part of a recent exhibit at the White Canvas Gallery in Singapore. The exhibit featured more than 70 sketches of the architecture and sights around the Tiong Bahru neighborhood in Singapore.

Coming up: I Encounter of Urban Sketchers

Jacek Krenz is part of Urban Sketchers Portual-Beiras, but right after attending the Lisbon symposium, he will head to his home country of Poland where he will host "I Encounter of Urban Sketchers" in Leba. The event will take place August 14, 2011, beginning at 11:00 a.m. in front of St. Mary Church, Powstańców Warszawy Street in Leba, Poland. Contact Jacek for more information.

Have urban sketching news to share in Drawing Attention? Send fully written items with links (and graphics, if possible) to drawing attention at urbansketchers dot org.

Happy sketching,
Lisbeth Cort, member of the Whidbey Island Sketchers


mzsketchusa said...

Great stuff happening! Loved the Sketch!Jazz video--both the lively music and art!

Veronica Lawlor said...

These posts are great, thanks Lisbeth!

Don McNulty said...

Love the info. Really love the cool jazz!