Urban Sketchers Events and Workshops
You still have time to register for the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Singapore July 22-25. Workshop passes are still available – get them while they last! Unlimited sketching passes are available. Join us for the fun!
Sketch in Naples with Simo Capecchi and Caroline Peyron! This exciting workshop in October will feature painting on Ischia Island around Aragonese Castle. Plein air oil painter Kelly Medford will demo oil painting techniques.
News from Urban Sketchers Communities
Urban Sketchers Switzerland received fantastic television coverage in March on the Swiss National Television program "Kulturplatz." The program featured urban sketchers Boris Zatko, Urs Lauber and Andre Sandmann. In addition to showing sketchers in action, the show featured Andre talking about Urban Sketchers and the USk blog. The program has been broadcasted in Switzerland, Germany and Austria.
See the work of Urban Sketchers Montreal (Canada) in "Draw Me a Mountain," an exhibition opening May 2. Visitors to Montreal can enjoy the show and Montreal's central park weekends through May.
|Urban Sketchers Sao Paolo|
And speaking of USk Sao Paolo, the group will be celebrating its 50th sketch gathering May 9 by sketching at Largo Sao Francisco in old downtown Sao Paolo.
Urban Sketchers Chicago (USA) is pleased to host its second annual Sketch Seminar July 11 - 12. While sketching at various sites throughout downtown Chicago, instructors will present inspiring workshops on urban sketching. "We are very excited to be able to welcome sketchers to our wonderful city and create sketching and learning opportunities for people," said Alex Zonis.
Urban Sketchers France was featured in the Modern Art Paris Pompidou Center Library's magazine. Nicolas Beudon is featured talking about the the worldwide USk movement and France's local group. The article includes sketches by Emily Nudd-Mitchell and Christine Deschamps.
Urban Sketchers O‘ahu takes an innovative approach on its blog: In addition to finished sketches, members share and discuss process sketches.
Sketchers in Action
Marc Taro Holmes is just back from Richmond, Virginia (USA), where he taught an Urban Sketchers workshop at the Virginia Centre for Architecture. Marc has generously shared the full text of the workshop exercises on his blog.
|Kate Buike's sketches of Little Free Libraries|
As part of the American Institute of Architects national convention in Atlanta (USA) this month, five instructors will present a day of urban sketching, said Scott Renk, one of the instructors. The sold-out event is designed to encourage architects to "Get out and draw with this hands-on session that illustrates the power of urban sketching."
San Francisco Bay Area (USA) urban sketcher Oliver Hoeller (better known as visual flaneur) has just published a book of sketches from his travels on the Amazon from Colombia to Peru last year. Called No Road In No Road Out: Slowboating the Amazon, the book is now available on Amazon.com.
|A sketch by Pedro Cabral in his new book.|
Joan Tavolott can say something not many urban sketchers can say: She sold a sketch at Sotheby's! When New York City Urban Sketchers sketched at Sotheby's a while back, Joan sketched a designer show house, attracted to its colors. "An older gent asked me if I sell my work and was this piece available. Hell yes! I told him my price and he bought it," Joan said. The buyer was either the father or grandfather of the show house's designer and bought it for him as a remembrance of his first display at Sotheby's.
|Simone Ridyard's work is a finalist in Moleskine's Reportager Award.|
Sketchbook Skool, the popular online art school and community founded by Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene, has featured a number of urban sketchers as instructors during previous courses, including Tommy Kane, Prashant Miranda, Liz Steel, Cathy Johnson, Melanie Reim and Veronica Lawlor. The current course, "Stretching," will feature classes by Lapin, Jason Das, Miguel Herranz, France Belleville Van Stone, Jonathan Twingley and Miguel Herranz.
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