Urban Sketchers Events and Workshops
It’s not too late to register for the 5th International Urban Sketching Symposium in Paraty, Brazil!
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 Swasky.
Be in Portland, Oregon, July 11 – 12, for the Second Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers Sketchcrawl! Use the RSVP link to let organizers know if you’re planning to attend.
News from Urban Sketchers Communities
|San Diego USk's newsletter|
San Diego Urban Sketchers just celebrated its first anniversary! Meetup group organizer Lydia Velarde has published a newsletter to promote the group’s activities.
A new regional group has launched in northern England: Urban Sketchers Yorkshire. “We were formerly SketchCrawl North and have been meeting every month since 2010,” said Lynne Chapman, “but have just had a name change and become officially affiliated – hurrah!”
|Happy first anniversary, USk Philippines!|
Last month Drawing Attention reported that Urban Sketchers Girona would be celebrating Girona’s 59th Temps de flors (Flower Week) by sketching in the old town Civic Center May 10 – 18. Their sketching received 2 minutes of great local television coverage.
Patrizia Torres reports that a regional Spain Urban Sketchers meeting took place in the mountains of Cádiz May 23 – 25 (photo below). The event began with presentations by five representatives of the major USk groups in Andalusia: Seville, Malaga, Córdoba, Cádiz and brand new Aracena (Huelva). Presenters discussed “how and when we decided to sketch the first time, how did our city groups started and grow,” Patrizia said. The next two days were the Regional Sketchcrawl all around the village and surroundings of Grazalema. The Neilson Art Gallery, which provided sketchbooks to participants, will host an exhibit of their sketches this autumn.
|Urban Sketchers Spain met for a regional sketchout in Cádiz.|
Juliette Plisson reports that Urban Sketchers France is preparing for its second sketchcrawl event June 7 – 8 in Seté. Last year in Lyon, about 60 sketchers attended. This year sketchers from Spain, Belgium and France are expected to participate in the free event. It will be “a nice dinner and lunch with friends – no workshops are planned,” Juliette said.
Marina Grechanik reported on her blog about Urban Sketchers Israel's first expo as part of Illustration Week 2014 in May. “For the past two-and-a-half years, we have been meeting once a month at different sites around the city to sketch together and observe with an attentive and fresh look at this unique urban landscape and its residents,” Marina said. “At the exhibition you'll be able to see works from 25 sketchers, each one with his own style and unique point of view.”
Urban Sketchers board members Jason Das and Elizabeth Alley will represent Urban Sketchers at the Americans for the Arts 2014 Annual Convention in Nashville, June 13-15. “We'd love to meet up with anyone involved with USk (or just interested in what we do) who might also be attending the conference,” Jason said.
Sketchers in Action
Simo Cappechi’s collection of sketches of an artificial canal in Emilia Romagna has been published in a book that will be distributed free to citizens. The canal is “a complicated system of dewatering pumps that carries water from the River Po for a hundred kilometers along the countryside, mainly for irrigation purpose,” Simo writes on the Urban Sketchers blog. “Nice that some smart engineers involved an urban sketcher to describe technical matters to citizens in a more understandable way.”
|Florian Afflerbach's new book.|
The New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects has published an interview with Richard Alomar about his sketching, the New York City Urban Sketchers group and sketching events in the city.
Penang sketcher Ch’ng Kiah Kiean will have an exhibit with Wong Sau Ching called “Sketching the City” at ChinaHouse’s Art Space I and II June 6 – 20.
Urban Sketchers partnered with popular sketchbook manufacturer Moleskine on a live sketching event, "Moleskine City Stories," in New York City May 17. Sketchers Richard Alomar and Josiah Hanchett sketched at Moleskine's SoHo location, and Suma CM and Jason Das sketched at its Time Warner Center location. Each conducted a brief learning session, describing their own take on sketching in public. Richard, Suma, Josiah and Jason shared their sketches throughout the day on social media. You can take a look by searching for #moleskinestories on Twitter and Instagram.
|Mike Daikubara's new book is available at four Boston gift shops.|
The travel/art blog Wanderarti has published a post about Keith Miller’s sketching travels.
Clara Marta Moreno reports that the sixth edition of the sketchbook workshop, "De Vuelta con el Cuaderno," will take place in Zaragoza June 28 – 30, and registration is open. The theme for this year's edition is drawings on the train and during travels.
|Fred Lynch is featured in Drawing magazine.|
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