Register Now for Symposium in ParatyRegistration is now open for the Fifth International Urban Sketching Symposium in Paraty, Brazil! This year we are accommodating more sketchers than ever by providing passes for different levels of participation. Visit the symposium website for more information.
Urban Sketchers Applies for Knight Foundation GrantThe Urban Sketchers Board has submitted a proposal for a Knight News Challenge Grant from the Knight Foundation. This year's challenge was, “How can we strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation?” See the full proposal online.
Through April 17, proposals are in the “Feedback” and “Refinement” phases, in which staff and external readers will review the submissions. The public is invited to review the proposals, ask questions and provide feedback. Please offer your thoughts and comments directly on the Knight News Challenge site, and feel free to discuss and distribute among your USk groups. “While we are not judged by the level of ‘applause’ or number of comments,” said membership director Jessie Chapman, “we do feel this is a good opportunity to open a conversation about the future of USk with the most dedicated members of our community – you!”
Urban Sketchers in the News
Urban Sketchers Eskilstuna (Sweden) was invited by a local radio station to talk about urban sketching on March 25.
Twin Cities (USA) Metro Sketchers, which includes many members of Twin Cities Urban Sketchers, got television coverage March 9 by station KARE on the occasion of the group’s third anniversary. The two-minute program shows the sketchers taking respite from the cold at the Como Park Conservatory.
|A sketch by Jana Bouc published|
by the Ogilvy advertising agency.
Urban Sketchers founder Gabi Campanario’s ongoing exhibit at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry got a plug on KING-TV’s local variety program Evening Magazine March 3.
Exhibitions, Publications and Awards
Urban sketcher Caroline Johnson’s sketch, “Mum in Hospital,” is a winner in the inaugural Guardian Witness Awards. Her sketch was selected from more than 60,000 images contributed by 28,000 people worldwide since April 2013.
|Jonatan Alcina Segura's book.|
Florida urban sketcher Thomas Thorspecken has a retrospective exhibit through April 11 in the Cameo Theater’s Snap! Space in Orlando. Called “A Certain Point of View,” the exhibit includes sketches from the first five years of Thor’s popular blog, Analog Artist Digital World.
Spanish urban sketcher Jonatan Alcina Segura has just published a collection of sketches called Cádiz Urban Sketch. His first press run has already sold out!
Veronica Lawlor’s reportage essay and sketches on New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, where residents still struggle to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, will be featured in an upcoming book, Understanding Illustration, by Jo Davies and Derek Brazell.
|Mike Daikubara's book.|
Urban Sketchers in Action
|Sketch by Luis Ruiz.|
Vancouver (B.C.) Urban Sketchers co-hosted a sketching event March 27 with the group Draw by Night at the Museum of Vancouver. The event celebrates the MOV’s exhibit, “Vancouver Imagined: The Way We Weren’t.”
On April 5, Urban Sketchers Girona will visit the 1,000-year-old Monestir de Sant Daniel for a sketch outing. Watch their blog and Flickr group for the results.
Meanwhile in Costa Rica, sketchers are looking forward to Festival Internacional de las Artes and Urban Sketchers Sketchwalk on April 5.
|Mariya Diordichuk painting in Kyiv.|
A guest post by Ludmila Shevchenko, an urban sketcher from Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, was also published in March. Ludmila writes, “I hope the worst is behind us and a bright future lies ahead. And I hope someday you will visit our country and see its beauty and hospitality.” USk Editorial Director Gabriel Campanario is seeking more guest contributions from sketchers in the Ukraine.
In Madrid, urban sketchers Inma Serrano and Patrizia Torres sketched citizen protests against social cuts made by the Spanish government. “Luckily I have the memory and the experience of having been there, and the feeling that many of us are on the same side,” Inma writes. “We are normal people asking to be treated with the dignity we deserve.”
|Sketch by Richard Johnson.|
Simonetta Capecchi, Caroline Peyron, Federico Gemma and Nina Johansson are offering a USk workshop called “Naples Inventory: Collect the City” June 5 – 8 in Naples, Italy.
|Sketch by Paul Wang.|
After her first Seattle workshop in February filled almost immediately, Stephanie Bower offered “Good Bones 2” in March, which filled just as quickly. “It was a great group who came from Seattle and environs, California, Colorado, Oregon and even as far away as Kentucky!” Stephanie said. Located in the historic Pike Place Market, the two-day workshop focused on perspective drawing the first day and watercolor the next.
Canadian urban sketcher and artist Keith Miller will be teaching a drawing and painting workshop in Bali and Lombok, Indonesia, Oct. 14 – 19.