Urban Sketchers Events and WorkshopsThere’s still space for you at the 5th International Urban Sketching Symposium in Paraty, Brazil! Whether you want the full workshop and activities experience, the social experience of sketchcrawls and receptions, or some of both, this year’s tiered format has a participation level that’s right for you. Learn more and sign up!
Venerable Oxford, England, will be the site of Pushing Your Sketching Boundaries, an Urban Sketchers workshop July 9 – 12, taught by Isabel Carmona, Miguel Herranz and Victor Martínez Escámez (better known as Swasky).
Naples Inventory: Collect the City, an Urban Sketchers workshop in June led by Simo Capecchi, Caroline Peyron, Federico Gemma and Nina Johansson, filled up quickly! Look forward to seeing sketches and photos of the event. To be placed on a waiting list or for information about future workshop opportunities in Italy, write to simo.capecchi at gmail dot com.
Urban sketchers Nina Johansson and Swasky will lead the workshop Draw Gaudí in Barcelona June 26 - 29. Participants will develop their on-location drawing skills and sketch their way through the works of Gaudí.
Second Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers
Sketchcrawl image by Linda Daily.
Sketching George Town II, a free international sketching event in Penang, will be held July 4 – 7. Sketchwalks, sketchbook sharing and food are on the agenda.
Urban Sketchers Chicago will host Chicago Sketch Seminar June 7 – 8, including a variety of workshops.
Publication OpportunityBarcelona-based publisher Ara Llibres is seeking urban sketches to illustrate books in its European cities series. The publisher is looking for sketches of Paris, London, Rome, Prague and Berlin. Selected sketchers will retain rights to their work and be compensated financially, as well as receive a copy of the book, said Ara Llibres representative Myriam Soteras. Interested sketchers should contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
News from Urban Sketchers CommunitiesUrban Sketchers London has an exhibition of their sketches through June 30 at Timberyard in the trendy Clerkenwell Design Quarter of London. Participants include James Hobbs, Katherine Tyrrell, Thomas Corrie, Isabelle Laliberté, Zhenia Vasiliev and Jhih-Ren Shih. The exhibition is the group’s third.
|Picasso workshop in Malaga.|
Urban sketchers around the globe took park in the 43rd World Wide Sketch Crawl April 19. Toronto Urban Sketchers participated in the quarterly event for the first time. Despite the chilly temperature, more than 20 sketchers participated in the all-day event, sketching at a variety of venues. See more sketches of the 43rd Sketch Crawl in Seoul, Stockholm and Munich.
The newly formed Urban Sketchers Azores brought sketchers Mário Linhares, Ketta Linhares and Eduardo Salavisa to the island of São Miguel for three days of exhibitions, workshops, roundtables and intensive drawing among kids and adults alike.
|Sketch of San Sebastian window by Whee Teck|
The international Urban Sketchers network is an ideal way for travelers to find fellowship as they sketch other parts of the world. Singapore sketchers Tony Chua, Ignatius Yeo, Lisa Huang, Whee Teck Ong, Tan Chit Seng, Edric Hsu and Milo Sudaria spent several days in Manila in April sketching with Urban Sketchers Philippines. Ignatius said, “The first time I stepped on Philippines soil in 2010, it was love at first sight with those slum areas, illegal squatters, the filth, the suspicious alleys and all.” Since then, he’s been to Manila three to five times a year. His most recent visit “turned out to be a most wonderful trip sketching, eating and sharing,” Ignatius said. “At the end of it, it was the fellowship I enjoyed and treasured the most. Manila, I'll be back – for more.” The USk Philippines blog has great photos and animated images of their gathering.
|Sketch of Quintan Market|
by Ignatius Yao
Simone Ridyard reports that USk Manchester’s blog is up and running. Check it out!
|Sue Pownall in the Oman|
newspaper The Week.
Alon Chitayat, a self-described “addicted subway sketcher,” has created an interactive installation of his daily New York City subway sketches. Produced with Jeff Ong, “’Subway Stories’ aims to create an intimate experience between the user and the subway, but also between passengers, bridging the gap between the isolating experience of public spaces with the power of stories.” View the video documentation of the project.
Seattle urban sketcher and architect Anita Lehmann has published a book called Drawing Lessons from Civita, including many urban and other sketches from her Italian adventures.
Barcelona urban sketcher Lapin is participating in a new exhibit at Plom Gallery. "Art for Kids" is the concept of this mini gallery in Barcelona’s Eixample neighborhood. This contemporary art gallery is “dedicated to small people to be able to introduce them to the art world from an early age,” Lapin says. “I participate to the collection of the gallery three original vintage car drawings.”
|Alon Chitayat's interactive installation of sketches.|
Reportage SketchingA guest post by Kalpana Balaji of Chennai, India, on the Urban Sketchers blog shows us “India's longest elections in history.”
April 25 was Freedom Day in Portugal. Find lots of sketches of festivities and commemorations marked by bright red carnations on Urban Sketchers Portugal’s blog.
Meanwhile in Auckland, Murray Dewhurst sketched the ANZAC Day parade at the Auckland War Memorial Museum commemorating those who gave their lives in Gallipoli in 1915.
“Keep doing it”This edition of Drawing Attention closes with an anecdote from Fort Worth, Texas, urban sketcher Jim Richards. At a recent USk outing after he had just sat down to sketch a building:
“An older, well-dressed woman came by walking her dog (so she almost certainly lives downtown). She stopped and said, ‘What are you doing?’
I said, ‘Oh, we’re just having fun.’
‘Well, keep doing it. You make our city better.’
I think the exchange underscored an aspect of what we do that we don’t often talk about. We often focus on the products – the contents of the sketches and posts themselves. And that’s important. [But] this exchange reminded me that the process – the mere act of ‘showing up’ and putting artistic activity on the street – changes the dynamic of the city a little. It’s more humane. It’s more appreciated. . . It’s a gift that we give to the cities we draw beyond our own sketches, learning and friendships.”
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