Regional Chapter News
A report from Regional Chapters Coordinator Mark Leibowitz
Urban Sketchers is delighted to welcome three new Regional Chapters to our growing family:
Albany, NY, USA
Kharkiv, Ukraine (shown above after sketching at a train depot)
We are working on 16 new group applications, from exciting new locations.
I want to go on record saying I'd be more than willing to volunteer for the Urban Sketchers job of visiting each of the more than 150 Regional Chapters around the world.
The thing that binds us is our love of drawing the world around us. We don't use photographs. We don't charge money to join the group or charge money when we sketch together. We try to be supportive and encourage all people at all skill levels to share our passion.
Keeping all these wonderful goals in mind, the need to declare what is really an urban sketch feels somewhat less important. I’m suggesting we should be gentle and kind offering guidance to our fellow sketchers.
More USk NewsRemembering Florian
Sketchers around the globe have been expressing condolences and sharing memories of Florian Afflerbach, the German architect and avid urban sketcher who died suddenly May 5. He is deeply missed by the entire Urban Sketchers community.
Chat with the Board
Mark your calendars for a chat with the USk Board on our Facebook group page June 5 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. CDT. Elizabeth Alley, Mario Linhares, Brenda L. Murray and Suma CM will be there live and are looking forward to answering your questions and chatting about Urban Sketchers.
Thanks to Heather Horsey of Urban Sketchers Waterloo Region, who has been helping to keep our Facebook page up to date. Thanks also to Lydia Velarde of Urban Sketchers San Diego, the new USk YouTube Channel Coordinator.
Contribute Videos to USk’s YouTube Channel
Urban Sketchers now has an official YouTube channel. The channel broadcasts videos about USk-official workshops, symposiums, sketchcrawls, news and events; shares videos of official USk chapters; and educates viewers about the practice of on-location sketching. If you have created videos that meet these criteria and would like to contribute content, please contact Lydia Velarde at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our apologies to Urban Sketchers Ipoh in Malaysia, which was incorrectly identified as being part of the Philippines in the last Drawing Attention.
|Urban Sketchers Ipoh|
To give more people an opportunity to purchase the last few Workshops Passes, we are extending registration through June 15! At midnight GMT, June 16, registration for the 2016 Urban Sketchers Symposium in Manchester will close for good. Don't miss out! Register now for a Workshops Pass! See programming information.
2017 Symposium Call For Hosts
Interested in hosting the 8th International Urban Sketchers Symposium in your city? See more information here, and the selection criteria here. Submission deadline is July 1, and we'll announce the selected city at the 2016 Symposium in Manchester!
These fantastic USk workshops still have space for you!
Sketchiton Paris, July 20 – 23
Nature/Sculpture, Sept. 1 – 5
The third annual Chicago Sketch Seminar is now open for registration for the July 9 - 10 event. Visit the event blog to register and for all event information, including pricing information.
Join us in Tacoma, Washington (USA), Aug. 19 - 21 for the 4th Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers Sketch Crawl. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.
News from Urban Sketchers CommunitiesBelgium
"We were so busy drawing we haven't thought of going official!” Sonia Vande Velde said of new Regional Chapter USk Belgium. “It was about time, though – we grew pretty comfortable and count more than 560 followers on our Facebook page,” including Gérard Michel and Jeroen Janssen. Last year the group’s first USk weekend was organized, where “we all ended it up with smiles on our faces and our heads full of memories,” Sonia said.
Chin Kok Yan reports that Urban Sketchers Ipoh sketched at the Poi Lam School in May. Built in 1955, the school had to be demolished due to development in the area. Sketches and paintings from the event will be donated to the Society of the School for Charity Day to help raise funds for rebuilding.
William Cordero reports that Urban Sketchers Costa Rica was “reborn” after he and Julia Stefan met by chance at the Santo Domingo USk Symposium of 2012. “After three days of sketching madness it was clear that it was the right moment to bring back all of the good experiences and knowledge to our country.” The group made its first blog post in October 2012.
“We are a small but constant group of up to eight regular participants, doing a sketchwalk once every two months on average in San Jose, the capital city,” William said. “We cover a lot of our capital corners, including museums, historic buildings, surrounding neighborhoods, public squares and markets.” If you are planning a trip to Costa Rica, William invites you to contact the group, which might be able to schedule a Saturday outing while you are there. (Article submitted by Jane Wingfield)
|USk Costa Rica|
By invitation of the Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports, Urban Sketchers Kuching hosted an “Introduction to Urban Sketching” workshop April 23 at the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak's campus carnival, said Peggy Wong. About 30 participants, made up of current and prospective university students, tried sketching on location for the first time. “We were glad that they all had fun, enough to want to join our sketch outings soon,” Peggy said.
Jaro Jakovlev, administrator of USk Kharkiv (Ukraine), says that the new group has 70 followers and about seven active sketchers, “who run crawling sketch weekends, mostly architectural because we all have architectural diplomas.” With a population of 1.5 million, Kharkiv has industry, science and commerce with a rich palette of cultures. “We also have many landmarks in architecture, UNESCO monuments, so called ‘linear city,’ which is unique.” He adds, “With all this now we are very close to the war zone on the east, but thanks God it's peaceful here and chestnuts are in blossom.” (USk Kharkiv is shown at the top of the post after sketching at a railway depot.)
Four USk Paris members were invited to talk about Urban Sketchers by Radio Libertaire, an anarchist radio station on May 17. “They shared their passion for location drawing, discovering their own city or the world and meeting people through sketching for an hour,” said Marion Rivolier. “They kind of made Shlomo, the radio host, crazy as they wouldn't stop sketching during the whole show. It was a very funny experience for us!”
|Members of USk Paris sketch while they are interviewed by Radio Libertaire!|
Lydia Velarde reports that San Diego Urban Sketchers celebrated three years of sketching together with a birthday party at Old Poway Park. A video of the event can be seen on YouTube.
|USk San Diego celebrates its third anniversary.|
Batu Pahat and Kuala Lumpur
Joey Kher reports that USk Batu Pahat and USk Kuala Lumpur had a combined sketchcrawl weekend in May. “Kuala Lumpur sketchers traveled 300 kilometers to meet us and had a two-day, one-night sketchcrawl in this small town,” Joey said. It was the first official sketchcrawl for USK Batu Pahat. “We received warm welcome by Mr. KC Lee, founder of USk Kuala Lumpur, and his team of eight artists. Our USK Batu Pahat learnt a lot of insight after the sharing by our KL guests.” The sketch event received national and local newspaper coverage.
In April USk Batu Pahat sketched in the late afternoon at the old street commercial center “to capture the golden shade of the building and to bring different sketching experience to the sketchers,” Joey said. “We are taking baby steps to revive the art atmosphere for Batu Pahat and make it a cultural oasis, after being called ‘cultural desert’ for years.”
|USk Batu Pahat sketching in the commercial center at dusk.|
Flora Wang said Beijing Urban Sketchers, established last December, held its first workshop in May with 13 sketchers. The average age of participants was 26.
|USk Beijing held its first workshop.|
Barbara Wolff has this to say about USk Albuquerque: “Our group grew out of a Meet-Up.com group that was established in December 2012. After a dormant period the group was re-energized in April 2014. At that first meeting we had nine sketchers. Now, two years later, the group has grown to 15 to 20 regulars that show up every three weeks to sketch at venues in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico.”
Alvin Wong announces that Urban Sketchers Hong Kong has an exhibition from May 25 to June 10 in Hong Kong.
Ronaldo Kurita reports that USk São Paulo held its 75th sketch meeting at the Latin America Memorial designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer. Meanwhile, USk Brasília, Brazil's capital, has created a new logo incorporating Brasília’s Cathedral. Formed a year and a half ago, USk Brasília meets every three weeks.
|USk São Paolo|
Sketchers in ActionHobbs’ Book in Three Languages
James Hobbs, author of Sketch Your World, has a new book. Pen and Ink (published by Frances Lincoln) is now available in English. French and German editions are already in the shops. The book features the work of about 30 artists, including some urban sketchers.
|Pedro Cabral's new book|
Pedro MB Cabral's new book, Via Algarviana, is now available on Amazon (US, UK, France, Spain). The collection of sketches is from his 300-kilometer walk across Algarve.
Bower on Perspective Now Available
The fourth book in the Urban Sketching Handbook series is Understanding Perspective by Stephanie Bower. Available for pre-order now, the book will be in stores June 15. “Understanding Perspective uses sketches from almost 50 artists and architects around the world to teach perspective sketching,” Stephanie said. “It bridges the abstract and conceptual world of studio perspective with the real-world skills of what-the-heck-do-you-do when sketching on location.”
Mike Daikubara’s Hotel Sketches
Mike Daikubara recently exhibited his ongoing series of hotel room sketches at L’Aroma Café and Bakery in West Newton, Massachusetts, last month. Mike recently finished his 100th sketch in the series.
|Mike Daikubara at his exhibit of hotel room sketches.|
Jason Das Sells Zine of Sketches
Jason Das has a new online store to sell his zine, “If You See Something, Sketch Something,” containing 10 years of his urban sketches and other observational drawings.
Tina Koyama on 'the Sketchbook Lifestyle'
The UK stationery blog Pens! Paper! Pencils! invited Tina Koyama to write about Urban Sketchers and her "sketchbook lifestyle" last month.