Urban Sketchers Events and Workshops
|More than 200 sketchers took part in George Town II in Penang.|
|Portland, Oregon, hosted the Second Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers SketchCrawl.|
Seattle architects and architectural drawing instructors Frank Ching and Gail Wong will present their popular Urban Sketchers workshop, Line to Color, in Tacoma, Washington, Sept. 12 – 14. Participants will be led through “clear steps covering the complete process of making a sketch on location, from the time you draw the first line until you apply the last touch of color.” It’s filling fast, so sign up now!
In June, Frank and Gail were joined by USk founder Gabi Campanario for an Urban Sketchers workshop sponsored by the Seattle Art Museum. Thirty-five students first toured SAM’s exhibition, Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and the Mystical. After presentations by the workshop leaders, participants then sketched at the historic Pike Place Market. Stillman & Birn and Daniel Smith provided supplies for the workshop.
|More than 30 students push their sketching boundaries in Oxford.|
The Fifth International Urban Sketching Symposium in Paraty, Brazil, is less than four weeks away – but it’s not too late to register! Although registration has closed for workshops, you can still get a Sketching Pass to attend all sketchcrawls and social events or an Activities Pass to attend lectures, demos and other activities, as well as all social events and sketchcrawls. Sponsors who are providing materials and other benefits include PEN.UP, Strathmore, Cretacolor, Super5, Advantage Austria, Laloran and Casa do Artista.
|Drawing on stage at Volterra Teatro Festival.|
News from Urban Sketchers Communities
An article about Urban Sketchers Kuching appeared in the online version of The Star July 1. The Kuching sketchers joined forces with the Sarawak Heritage Society to organize an exhibit to raise awareness about conservation issues. “The sketchers’ group and heritage society share similarities like story-telling,” said USk Kuching member Peggy Wong in the article. “The heritage society wants to tell stories of the past and of our cultural heritage. So do members of the sketchers, who want to tell their stories of street scenes, activities, peoples and buildings.”
Eduardo Bazjek reports that Urban Sketchers São Paulo received television coverage July 19 during a sketch outing in the Mooca neighborhood.
|Caroline Manceau's sketch from Urban Sketchers France's event in Seté.|
Urban Sketchers France’s international sketchcrawl event June 7 – 8 in Seté was a huge success, according to Caroline Manceau. See sketches and a video on the group’s blog.
Contributors to the Urban Sketchers Chicago blog have been trying something new lately: Weekly tips and tricks on a variety of subjects, from sketching people to incorporating a copyright on posted sketches.
Urban Sketchers groups around the globe took part in the 44th quarterly World Wide Sketch Crawl July 12, including North Bay, Berlin, Seoul, France, Liverpool and Portland.
Gail Wong of Urban Sketchers Seattle reports that the group celebrated its fifth anniversary on July 20.
Sketchers in Action
|Eduardo Bazjek and Fernanda Campos have an exhibit in São Paulo.|
The online publication Ozy published an article about New Yorker Veronica Lawlor’s reportage sketching of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and other events. Veronica’s sketches from 9/11 are currently on view at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Lawlor is the only known artist to have sketched the World Trade Center attack on location, the article says.
Eduardo Bazjek and Fernanda Campos, organizers of this year’s International Urban Sketching Symposium in Paraty, have an exhibit in São Paulo. Casa do Artista, a symposium sponsor, is hosting the exhibit.
USk President Jason Das has an exhibit of 16 urban sketch paintings of Brooklyn, including a 28-square-foot one of a street festival. Through Aug. 31, the show is at BRIC House in Brooklyn, New York.
|Isabell Seidel had a solo exhibition in Allariz/Galicia.|
Urban Sketchers founder Gabi Campanario is excited to announce that he has a new book coming out this fall. The Seattle Times, publisher of his popular weekly Seattle Sketcher column, is publishing a book with a selection of column sketches. “It’s a ‘limited edition, collector’s item’!” Gabi said. U.S. residents may pre-order now at a discount. Information about international orders is forthcoming.
In early July, Portuguese sketcher and architect Hugo Costa posted his 1,000th blog post since October 2010, each containing at least one sketch!