Urban Sketchers News, Events and Workshops
The 7th International USk Symposium, which takes place in Manchester, UK, July 27-30, is now less than six months away! Early registration is sold out; standard registration begins March 5. Programming will be announced this month. You can now find Symposium information on the Urban Sketchers site by clicking the USk Symposium link from the top menu. This page will feature information about programming, sponsors, registration, travel and other news. You can also sign up for the Symposium mailing list, join the Facebook group (for discussions), follow us on Twitter, search #USkManchester2016, and visit our Facebook page (for announcements).
The Urban Sketchers Executive Board will meet in person this month in New York City (USA). The agenda includes reviewing the previous year and planning for the next. The entire Urban Sketchers board will meet Saturday morning, as the Advisory Board meets with the Executive Board on Skype. "We are hoping their questions and input will help guide our weekend of strategizing," said President Elizabeth Alley. The Executive Board is also looking forward to sketching with Urban Sketchers NYC.
The USk Advisory Board, which brings a wide array of people, experience, knowledge, viewpoints and skills to the mission and work of the organization, welcomes two new members: Richard Alomar and Gabi Campanario. Richard already acts as an advocate and ambassador for Urban Sketchers, and of course Gabi is the founder and a former Executive Board member. "We’re happy to continue being inspired by these two," Elizabeth said.
Urban sketchers were recently asked to contribute to a survey about USk initiatives. "We will use the feedback to help with planning," Elizabeth said. "After our meeting, we will announce a public chat via Facebook to let you know more about the ideas and work generated from the meeting."
Welcome to four new Regional Chapters in Australia: Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane!
The Communications Committee welcomes its new volunteers: Lisa Ennis from Alabama who is helping with Workshops promotions; Lauren McVittie from London, Ontario, who is updating the USk Wikipedia page; and Kate Gorman from Washington, DC, who is updating our Facebook pages.
USk would like to thank the many volunteers who have translated the new Regional Chapter Guidelines into 11 languages so far: Basque (Josu Maroto), Chinese (Alvin Wong), Hebrew (David Mitchell and Michal Orbach), Italian (Filippo Bottini), Brazilian Portuguese (Fernanda Van Campos), Portugal Portuguese (Mario Linhares and Pedro Cabral), Spanish (Gabriel Ronco Losada), Swedish (Ida Bellarian), Dutch (Lara Emde), Malaysian (KL USK Malaysia), Korean (Sung Hee Park). The layout is by Ch'ng Kiah Kiean.
Thanks to the work of volunteers Don Gore and Liz Watkins, USk saw a burst of 10,000 new Instagram followers since Christmas Eve, bringing our numbers up to 50,000 followers!
As you've seen by now, we've made big changes to the Urban Sketchers site! The new mobile-friendly design looks great on your smartphone and tablet as well as your laptop. Our correspondents and guest contributors have higher visibility with eye-catching galleries displayed at full width right on the home page. New sections highlight older posts you may have missed. Information and sketches can be found more easily by locale, author and storytelling theme by clicking on red labels next to the headlines or below each post. Please take a look around -- we hope you like what you see!
Learn and be inspired at an Urban Sketchers workshop near you! Workshops in Newbury, Orlando and Seattle are filling fast (workshops in Galway and Lisbon are now full)!
Tacoma, Washington (USA), is hosting the Fourth Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers Sketch Crawl Aug. 19-21, 2016.
News from Urban Sketchers Communities
|Beijing Urban Sketchers celebrated New Year with a sketch exchange.|
|KW Urban Sketchers is three years old!|
Toronto (Canada) Urban Sketchers has self-published a book, Urban Sketching Disappearing Landmarks in Toronto, on Amazon. Marie-Judith Jean-Louis was interviewed on a local radio program about the book.
Urban Sketchers Tri-Cities (USA) will be the featured artists in the upcoming Allied Arts: The Gallery in the Park's February exhibition in Washington state, which opens Feb. 7. The presentation will preserve the look of the sketches by enlarging favorite drawings, printing them on matte paper, and adding a foam core backing, said Jim Bumgarner. "No frames, no glass, no matte boards - just prints."
Chicago Sketch Seminar 2016 blog is live. According to Andrew Banks, this will be the main hub for all Seminar information, including workshops, activities, instructors, registration and sponsors. Sketch Seminar, USk Chicago's annual sketching education event, will be July 9-10 this year.
|Pune Urban Sketchers exhibited their sketches at a construction expo.|
Juan Valle Lindez reports that USk Almería, founded in 2014, has about 50 active members now. Almería is a town in the southeast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea. "The weather here is fantastic," Juan said. "Many centuries of history provide an opportunity to sketch monuments and great sites." The driest region in Europe, Almeria's desert "has been the location of many famous films -- Indiana Jones, Lawrence of Arabia, Conan, Mad Max, Patton, Exodus -- and it is perfect to sketch."
Sketchers in ActionFlorian Afflerbach (Germany) is included in a new book, How to Keep a Sketch Journal - a Guide to Observational Drawing and Keeping a Sketchbook. One of eight artists featured in the book, Florian contributed two step-by-step introductions to shading buildings with pencil and the use of pen with alcohol-based markers. Teoh Yi Chie has reviewed the book on his blog.
|Jeroen Janssen's new book|
Rolf Schroeter reports that Gabi Campanario's Urban Sketching Handbook on Architecture and Cityscapes has been translated into German. Urban Sketching - Zeichnen in der Stadt, Architektur und Stadtlandschaften is available at dpunkt.verlag. The translation of People and Motion is expected this summer.
|Hugo Costa's sketches of NYC are traveling to Valencia.|
|Matthew Brehm's new book|