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

Tuscany: Journey into Matter with Ink and Watercolor



Fumaroles, badlands and alabaster quarries
with Simo Capecchi & Caroline Peyron
Volterra, Tuscany - June 24 /28, 2015*

The sixth edition of this Tuscan workshop is dedicated to matter. After so many panoramas, this time with our drawing and painting we are going to take a closer look at the materials themselves. 
The "infernal" landscape of fumarolesvapors, rocks and thermal springs in Sasso Pisano making up the landscape of the Cecina valley; the high "Balze" cliffs stamping their character on the rugged landscape to the west of Volterra, explored from below, so as to touch them; the landscape of alabaster quarries, with workshops and factories, so tied to the city's history. 
* UPDATE: 3 places still available! 
check new drawings and photo here




Mornings will be dedicated to the observation of how these various materials can be handled and transformed, with a sketched reportage about craftsmen and industrial manifacture (with Simo Capecchi). 
In the afternoon we will be painting and sketching amongst the different natural and artificial landscapes which have their origin in Volterra's peculiar geo-morphological composition, materially representing these elements through ink, crayons and watercolors and collage (with Caroline Peyron).

Goals of these four days of painting, sketching and exploring is to improve our observational attitude, going deeper into reality, trying to capture the qualities of the elements that form our landscape. Participants will focus on reportage and storytelling aspects of sketching, to show how Volterra's geological diversity influences the lives and products of designers and artisans. 


This workshop is organized in collaboration with da Volterra Werkstatt,  a Klaudia Ruschkowski and Dirk Oelbermann recent project aimed to promote interaction between art, craft and design, involving renowed artists working on traditionals and local materials (stone, wood, terracotta, alabaster) to produce hight quality design objects.  As usual we will be hosted in villa Le Guadalupe. Spazio per le Arti by Klaudia Ruschkowski and Wolfgang Storch, enjoying their company and their delicious meals - already a must in our workshop. Watch past editions photos to get an idea of a very special place that will really inspire you to paint.


Simo Capecchi sketching "il Pupo" alabaster artisan in Volterra

Workshop Schedule

Wednesday, June 24
5 - 7 pm: introduction and demos in Villa Le Guadalupe
8 pm: *supper in the Villa's frescoed living room

Thursday, June 25 / steam, thermal springs and rocks
10 am - 7 pm: painting 
tour to Sasso Pisano and Monterotondo Geothermal Park 
(picnic, on your own)
8 pm: *supper in the Villa's frescoed living room

Friday, June 26 / alabaster
10 am - 1 pm: sketching alabaster artisans at work: Alab'Arte in the city of Volterra
2 pm: *dinner in the Villa's garden
4 pm - 7 pm: painting in an alabaster quarry and in a factory near Volterra
8 pm: *supper in the Villa's frescoed living room

Saturday, June 27 / clay, badlands
10 am - 7 pm : painting tour into Le Balze, under Volterra's etruscan city walls.
(picnic on your own)
8 pm: *supper in the Villa's frescoed living room

Sunday, July 27 / wood
9 am - 13 am:  sketching in Villa le Guadalupe's garden, 
meeting a sculptor of  Da Volterra Werkstatt
1 pm: *dinner in the Villa's garden  
4 pm: Open Day  in Villa Le Guadalupe, everybody invited!
Workshop’s exhibition and Da Volterra Werkstatt collection preview


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. They have been hosting us for the past six years!

Registration fee 
Workshop tuition is 220 euro (including 21 hours lessons) plus 130 euro for meals (including *6 suppers/dinners in villa Le Guadalupe, hosting institution). 
10% of this workshop supports the Urban Sketchers nonprofit program.

To apply: simo.capecchi(at)gmail.com

Workshop locations: Check our Map here
Find out how to reach Villa le Guadalupe, 10' from Volterra city center.

Accommodation Check out suggested hotels in our workshop map.
*Rooms inside the villa are already taken, sorry!*


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.

Participants Maximum 15, each level of drawing experience is welcome.


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

Sponsor Moleskine will donate a sketchbook


Simo Capecchi watercolor of "Le Balze" in Volterra, from abbazia Camaldolese
Meet the instructor / Simonetta Capecchi completed her PhD degree at the University of Naples (Italy) in Architectural Drawing and she works as an illustrator.  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 in Urban Sketchers Symposiums of Portland, Lisbon, Santo Domingo and Paraty. 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 a correspondent for Urban Sketchers from Naples, where she lives.


Caroline Peyron, fields in Greece, oil pastels
Meet the instructor / Caroline Peyron is a french artist living in Naples. Personal exhibitions of her works has been held in Naples at the Grenoble Institute Francaise, in the Biblioteca Nazionale, in Castelnuovo municipal museum and Museo Archeologico Nazionale. Caroline has been an art teacher and has held workshops for private schools and public institutions for over twenty years now. She holds art classes with children, adolescents and adults for cultural institutions like Museo di Capodimonte and Museo Archeologico Nazionale of Naples. With Simo Capecchi she exhibited altered books: Libri Artefatti, was in L'Aquila with Una carriola di Disegni and organized the 3 MUSEI sketchwalk. Watch a Caroline's performance in a slideshow and a video.

Caroline Peyron's sketchbook

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