Meet the Correspondent: Marina Grechanik > Tel-Aviv, Israel$show=/search/label/Marina%20Grechanik


"Sketching is one of my passions. I don't feel comfortable when I leave home without a sketchbook and some pens in my bag. I think that my way to put things in my memory is to draw them. And taking pictures isn't the same thing.

I live in a very dynamic surrounding — Israel is a warm country with warm weather and warm people. Of course, we have seashores, which calm us a little bit. I love to sit in a corner of some Tel-Aviv coffee shop and explore relationships: between people, their environment, between myself. All this unique local mix of cultures, languages and styles is always a great source for inspiration. You need to be fast, because, as I said, everything is very dynamic. But that's why I love it so much.

Sometimes, I look around, and I find some usual items like sugar bags or napkins. I use them in my drawings to show the atmosphere. Sometimes I draw directly on placemats."

• Marina's art on Flickr.
• Marina's website.

Meet the Correspondent: Tina Koyama > Seattle$show=/search/label/tina%20koyama

"The dictionary says that a hobby is “an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation.” Although urban sketching certainly provides both pleasure and relaxation, I don’t think of it as my hobby. I think of it more as a way of life – something that has become such a normal part of my everydayness that it shapes how I view the world.

For most of my life I had both the fear of drawing as well as the desire to draw. In 2011, inspired by Gabi Campanario’s Seattle Sketcher column, I finally decided to overcome the fear. His drawings of Seattle – my birthplace and lifelong home – were of sights that I had seen many times, yet had never truly seen. I wanted to learn to see, and therefore experience, those locations (and any new ones that I travel to) more completely. Part 8 of the Urban Sketchers Manifesto, to “show the world, one drawing at a time,” has a flip side: Sketching enables me to see my own world, one drawing at a time.

In the last four years, it is not an exaggeration to say that Urban Sketchers has changed my life. I have met and sketched with many wonderful people around the globe, either at symposiums or during other travel, because the USk network brought us together. I sketch almost weekly with my local group, sharing sketches, art supplies and friendship. Even when I stay home and enjoy sketches online, I am still a part of that rich network, learning with every sketch about other people’s lives.

In May, my husband Greg and I went to France for the first time, and I sketched the Eiffel Tower. Sketching one of the world’s most famous icons felt like a dream come true – the ultimate in urban sketching. But although I can’t resist sketching world-famous icons whenever I’m fortunate enough to see them, for me, urban sketching is much more than that.

Urban sketching is a tree with its middle chopped away to accommodate Seattle’s ubiquitous power lines. It’s about a couple of women chatting over coffee, or about workers roofing the house next door. It’s about an excavator filling a hole where a cherry tree once stood. Or the Tibetan monastery I drive by frequently that I couldn’t resist because it’s bright orange. Urban sketching is a string band performing at a local farmers’ market – or perhaps in Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Celebrating the mundane as well as the famous is what urban sketching is all about. My sketches are not necessarily about “special” moments; they are moments made special because I sketched them."

Tina has been editor of Drawing Attention since 2013 and now serves on the Urban Sketchers editorial board. See more of her sketches on her blog, on Flickr and on Instagram.

Meet the Correspondent: Pete Scully > Davis, Calif.$show=/search/label/Pete%20Scully



"I am from urban north London, but now live in urbane Davis California. I sketch, I write, sometimes do things and go places and my name is Pete.

When not Davis, I sketch Sacramento, San Francisco, London, or anywhere else I happen to be. I tend to erase people and cars from my cities, but I'm starting to get over this.

Davis: calm, old-fashioned, progressive, quirky, very very hot in the summer. I use micron and copic pens, with watercolour."

• Pete's blog.
• Pete's art on Flickr.

Meet the Correspondent: Suhita Shirodkar > San Jose, Calif.$show=/search/label/Suhita%20Shirodkar

"I was born in Mumbai (Bombay) and lived in different parts of India until I moved to San Jose, California, where I now live.

Travel inspires my art, but, traveling or not, I try to view the world around me as a traveller would; so whether I’m capturing a moment of calm on the banks of the Ganges in India, or sketching over coffee at my local coffee shop, I aim to look deeply, and with wonder, at both the everyday and the exotic, the old and the new.

I love color. My sketch kit consists of Extra Fine Sharpies (the fact that they bleed into the paper as soon as they touch it works really well for me—it forces me to work super-quick), a small set of Prismacolor pencils and a little watercolor travel set".
Blog
Flickr

Meet the Correspondent: Omar Jaramillo > Berlin$show=/search/label/Omar%20Jaramillo

"I was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where I studied architecture. I moved to Kassel (Germany) in 1999 to accomplish a master degree. Although I have always drawn and paint, it was not until I started studying in the Uni-Kassel, that I started keeping a travel sketchbook. I had a teacher there who used to do a lot of sketches when he travelled on university excursions. When he retired, I helped to organize an exhibition of his sketches. He brought a huge box full of sketchbooks he had filled since he was an architecture student. I spent a whole day selecting the most interesting drawings. It was a wonderful experience that opened my eyes to a new world. In the last 10 years I have the feeling of being in a long journey. I like to discover the cities where I live, to understand why a place is the way it is and what makes it different and unique from others. Drawing is for me a way to learn to love a place, to become part of it. I like to draw architecture but I am more attracted to urban scenery, portraying how people live in the city. Since I’m a foreigner, everything that locals find normal and taken-for-granted, for me is exotic. I always carry a small watercolor travel set from Windsor and Newton and my sketchbook in my bag. I always thought that drawing was a solitary experience until I found Urban Sketchers. It was amazing to find so many people doing the same thing. It is a great place to share!" • Omar's blog. • Omar's art on flickr. • Omar's website.

Meet the Correspondent: Luis Ruiz > Malaga, Spain$show=/search/label/Luis%20Ruiz

Drawing on Stage in Tuscany

5° Urban Sketchers Workshop in Volterra
Live sketching with Simo Capecchi & Teatri35

Volterra, July 23 /27, 2014

Follow Simo Capecchi in a full immersion not only in urban sketching but into the art of live sketching and sketched reportage.

The small ancient city of Volterra has played an important role in past artists Grand Tours - Tuscan landscape belongs to the most beloved sceneries in Italy by travellers of all times. Famous for its Renaissance, Medieval and Etruscan heritage, Volterra also hosts a renowned international theater festival that presents music, dance, video, art performances and cultural events.

The Volterra Teatro Festival (2014 - XXVII° edition) is based on an artistic and educational project in the city jail, aimed to transform the prison from penal institute into a cultural place. Since 25 years, prisoners have become actors, creating the internationally famous Compagnia della Fortezza and citizens are invited to watch their performances, inside and sometimes outside the Medici Fortress, a jail since Renaissance times. Every year, at the end of July, Volterra becomes a stage, showing performances, artistic events and exhibitions. This year, Urban Sketchers is officially invited to report live the Volterra Teatro Festival’s main event: La Ferita, a collective ritual that will involve all citizens, actors and artists.



The Pinacoteca di Volterra hosts the famous Deposizione, a Rosso Fiorentino's masterpiece that inspires us and that has already been the focus of a theatre and drawing project in Naples, together with the theatre company Teatri35. Last spring Simo Capecchi and Caroline Peyron held a joined workshop with Teatri35: i DisegnAttori. The result is a performance of tableaux vivants from Mannerism masters Rosso Fiorentino and Pontormothat includes live sketching: Il Panno Acotonato dello Inferno.

Teatri35 will lead a tableaux vivantes/theatre workshop for Volterra Theatre Festival 2014 (the program will be announced soon here and here). Urban Sketchers participants will follow the actors – inspiring models of our sketched reportage - during the rehearsals and their performance in the Pinacoteca di Volterra.

Our hosting institution Villa le Guadalupe Spazio per le artian association dedicated to the arts and specially to theater, will be the perfect place to welcome us once again in its enchanting location. Two sessions out of six will be dedicated to landscape painting as seen from the Villa and to details of the garden and Villa Le Guadalupe's interiors, as to alternate gesture drawings to slow and more observational watercolors.



Goal of these four Tuscan days is a full immersion in drawing as a fast and expressive way to report live an event. We'll go beyond a simple aesthetic or naturalistic result by forcing ourselves to quickly and vividly capture the scene in front of us, an exercise that will pay later on, even while drawing more accurately and slowly.  
Participants will practice gesture drawing and different techniques of sketching people in movement. We'll focus on live reportage as an immediate way of reporting an event, combining in our drawings both text and images.

Watch Simo Capecchi's experience of live sketching with Teatri35: 
Troia Teatro Festival sketched reportage (August  2013).


Workshop Schedule
NB: schedule may change according to Volterra Teatro Festival program, now under construction

Wednesday, July 23
5 - 7 pm: workshop introduction in Villa Le Guadalupe
8 pm: *supper in the Villa's frescoed living room

Thursday, July 24
10 am - 1 pm: Volterra urban sketchwalk  
2 pm: lunch on your own
4 pm - 7 pm: Volterra Teatro Festival/ Teatri35 - live sketching in the Pinacoteca, Rosso Fiorentino's Deposizione and Teatri35 performance
8 pm: *supper in the Villa's frescoed living room

Friday, July 25
10 am - 1 pm: gesture drawing session, with Teatri35's tableaux vivantes
2 pm: *dinner in the Villa's garden  
4 pm - 7 pm: Volterra Teatro Festival / La Ferita, live sketching reportage
8 pm: *supper in the Villa's frescoed living room

Saturday, July 26
10 am - 1 pm: a day in Villa le Guadalupe: how to organize a brief sketched reportage
2 pm: *dinner in the Villa's garden
4 pm - 7 pm: Tuscan lanscapes fron the hills nearby the Villa

8 pm: *supper in the Villa's frescoed living room

Sunday, July 27
9 am - 12 am: Open Sketchcrawl in the historical center of Volterra

12 am: Workshop’s public exhibition in Volterra (location to be announced)

Hosting institution
Le Guadalupe. Spazio per le Arti is an association dedicated to arts by germans dramaturgs Wolfgang Storch and Klaudia Ruschkowski that hosts workshops in arts, theatre, design and music, with an international program. Le Guadalupe is located in a XIX° century villa, with a view on the southern hills of Volterra, with beautiful gardens around and interiors covered with frescos.

Registration fee 
Workshop tuition is 200 euro (including 21 hours lessons and a Moleskine watercolor sketchbook) plus 130 euro for meals (including *6 suppers/dinners in villa Le Guadalupe, our hosting institution).
To apply email to: simo.capecchi(at)gmail.com

Accommodation 3 double rooms are available inside the villa (shared bathroom, breakfast included). Other suggested hotels in our workshop map.
Contact Klaudia Ruschkowski for more infos and help to organize your travel:
Klaudia Ruschkowski  - tel: +39-0588-86541
Email: info@villa-le-guadalupe.com


Travel You can reach Volterra from these airports/train stations:
Florence (2 hours): bus to Volterra via Colle val d'Elsa 
Pisa (2 hours): bus to Volterra via Pontedera   
Rome (4.30 hours) : train to Cecina + bus connection to Saline di Volterra. 
We'll help with bus timetables and we'll pick you up from bus station. No problem if you came without car, we'll organize transportation to and from Villa le Guadalupe - Volterra.

Workshop locations Map here. Find out how to reach Villa le Guadalupe.

Participants
Maximum number: 14 (min. 5), each level of drawing experience is welcome.

Supply list 
Any supplies participants normally use are fine, sketchbook and loose papers included. We'll use watercolors,  pastels, pencil, China ink, ink pen, markers and felt tip pens. Water brushes and brushpens are recommended, together with any media you can handle for fast sketching.

Sponsor Moleskine will donate sketchbooks.

Languages English, Italian 
Workshop german + italian translation in Le Guadalupe web site. 

Meet the instructor Simonetta Capecchi completed her PhD degree at the University of Naples (Italy) in Architectural Drawing and she works as an illustrator.Her sketchbooks have been included in many international exhibitions and featured in edited collections such as Danny Gregory’s An illustrated life
Simonetta has lectured and leaded free-hand drawing courses for ten years at the Architecture Faculty of the University of Naples. She has been an instructor at Jaca/Zaragoza workshop "De Vuelta con el Cuaderno" (2009), in Urban Sketchers Symposiums of Portland, Lisbon, Santo Domingo and will be in Paraty Symposium next summer. She helds Urban Sketchers Workshops annually in Naples and Volterra and has held workshops and sketchwalks in several occasions in Italy and in Paris. She is visiting artist in prof. Jeffrey Johnston Urban Sketching course at Alfred State University (NY) abroad program in Sorrento. She is a correspondent for Urban Sketchers from Naples, where she lives.
Blog: www.inviaggiocoltaccuino.com

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