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".

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

2016 Urban Sketchers Symposium - Manchester, UK

The 2016 Urban Sketchers Symposium took place in Manchester, UK.
27-30 July 2016

We welcomed almost 500 participants from all around the world.

See some photos of the symposium in this album.

Manchester 2016

Some instructors shared online their workshop handouts. You can download them here.

If you want to know more about this symposium, see the information below. 


Programming information from the 7th International Urban Sketchers Symposium in Manchester, England, July 27-30, 2016

The full slate of Workshops and Activities (including Demos and Lectures) are listed below. As we add programming and faculty information to the site, you can click the links to find out more information. We encourage you to research the workshops/activities you are interested in attending, and view the Schedule to ensure your preferences don't overlap.

See the Registration page for more information about registration dates and times.

Workshop 1 - Curved Perspectives; Sketching 360° Panoramas - Arno Hartmann
Workshop 2 - Sketching with Dry Twig & Chinese Ink - Ch’ng Kiah Kiean
Workshop 3 - Decisive Line In Drawing Figures in Motion & Repose - Don Low
Workshop 4 - Hunting & Gathering: Sketching Vignettes & Lists - Fred Lynch
Workshop 5 - Extreme Angles - Norberto Dorantes
Workshop 6 - Watercolour Your World, One Mix at a Time - Jane Blundell
Workshop 7 - Capturing the Crowd:  People in Public Spaces - Jim Richards
Workshop 8 - Cars in the City - Lapin & Gérard Michel
Workshop 9 - Sketching Architecture in Edges, Shapes & Volumes - Liz Steel
Workshop 10 - Urban Sketching on Assignment: Planning & Executing Team-Based Sketching Reportage Marc Holmes
Workshop 11 - Capturing Atmosphere Using Dramatic Lighting & Fast Spontaneity - LK Bing
Workshop 12 - What & How: Creating Your Story - Marina Grechanik
Workshop 13 - Paint Like Nobody's Watching! - Marion Rivolier
Workshop 14 - Sketch NOW, Think Later - Mike Daikubara
Workshop 15 - From Macro to Micro - A Visual Story of a Building - Nina Johansson
Workshop 16 - Focus Your Sketching Stories - Isabel Carmona Andreu and Len Grant
Workshop 17 - The Big Picture & the Tiny Details - Paul Heaston
Workshop 18 - Shape Shifters: Overcome Complicated Scenes with Dynamic Shapes - Paul Wang
Workshop 19 - Manchester Green: Sketching Urban Green Space - Richard Alomar
Workshop 20 - What to Leave Out, What to Leave In: Capturing a Sense of Place - Richard Briggs
Workshop 21 - On Location with an iPad & Procreate - Rob Sketcherman
Workshop 22 - Bare Bones: Exploring Limited Palettes in Watercolour - Shari Blaukopf
Workshop 23 - Soaring Spaces - Stephanie Bower
Workshop 24 - People & Places: Life in Contrast - Suhita Shirodkar
Workshop 25 - Bending the Floor - Swasky
Workshop 26 - Puzzling Out the Picture - Veronica Lawlor

Activity 1 - Making time for postcards! - Andrea Matthews
Activity 2 - Recording a Musical City - Caroline Johnson
Activity 3 - Drawing a Collection - Emma FitzGerald
Activity 4 - The Big Crit - Fred Lynch
Activity 5 - Sketch Mob: Togetherness in Sketching - Hakym Ahmad
Activity 6 - Pub Crawl: Draw If You Are Sober - Nelson Paciência & Vicente Sardinha
Activity 7 - Lettering, Line & Balance - Pat Southern-Pearce
Activity 8 - Nature in the City: The Body Language of Trees - Robyn Bauer
Activity 9 - The Manchester Journey - Vicente Sardinha

Demo 1 - Reflecting on Water - Daniel Green
Demo 2 - From Splashes to Lines - Delphine Priollaud-Stoclet
Demo 3 - Between Drawing & Painting: Exploring Brush-pens/Ink-brushes - Ed Harker
Demo 4 - Color perspective, Color Harmony - Jenny Adam
Demo 5 - How to Sketch with Water-Soluble Crayons (Caran d’Ache Neocolor II) - Vincent Desplanche

Lecture 1 - How to Make Your Regional Chapter Rock! - Alvin Wong
Lecture 2 - Our History! Exploring the Tradition of Urban Sketching Through Vintage Books That Popularised Sketching - Ed Harker
Lecture 3 - Sketching Stories - Favian Ee
Lecture 4 - Teaching Non-Artists to Draw: Techniques & Methods for Urban Sketching Instructors & Art Educators - Karina Kuschnir
Lecture 5 - Sketcher-in-Residence: Pushing the Boundaries of Creative Curiosity - Lynne Chapman
Lecture 6 - Running a Regional Chapter - Mark Leibowitz
Lecture 7 - What’s in Your Pocket? A Juried Review of Cool Urban Sketching Gear - Mark Leibowitz
Lecture 8 - Drawings Inside a Prison - Nelson Paciencia
Lecture 9 - Drawing a Sense of Place = Design Tool - Richard Briggs
Lecture 10 - The Art & Habit of Travel Sketching - Rita Sabler
Lecture 11 - How to Prepare a Successful Workshop Proposal - Gail Wong

Please see the updated, detailed Symposium schedule (PDF) for the timetable of all events and programs, and all meeting locations. There are four pages, one for each day of the Symposium.

Opening Reception, Wednesday July 27 is at Manchester Town Hall. Symposium registrants attend for free; guests pay £10 (cash) at the door.

Thursday and Friday nights (28th and 29th) there are no receptions, so you are free to drink and draw! We will give you more info at our 9am morning gatherings.

Closing Reception Saturday, July 30, takes place at Manchester School of Art Benzie Building. Symposium registrants attend for free; guests pay £10 (cash) at the door.

Registration Site
The registration site is live! Click this link for the registration site:

Updating Registration Information
The last day to change your information in Eventbrite is June 18. After that, you will be able to access your information, but unable to make any changes. Click here to see information about updating your information in Eventbrite.

Registration closes May 27 - Extended through June 15!
March 5: Standard Registration begins, with full schedule ***sold out***
January 30: Early Bird Registration opens at noon GMT ***sold out***
February: Programming and schedule announced
March 1 – March 5: Early Bird registrants select workshops and activities

Keep in mind that this event is likely to sell out. We’ve increased the total number of participants to 500 - the largest number we have ever hosted!

Payment Options
You can pay with an existing PayPal account OR check out as a guest (meaning you don't need a PayPal account) using a credit or debit card.

Are you interested in the full learning and social experience of the Symposium?
The Workshops Pass gives you access to the full educational event, including all of the workshops, lectures, activities and demonstrations, as well as social encounters.
This pass keeps you busy learning about sketching while visiting with old and new friends.

Are you interested only in the social experience of the Symposium?
With the Sketching Pass, you will have a leisurely experience, meeting with everyone for the morning gatherings, then wandering Manchester between meeting up with others for organized sketch crawls twice a day, followed by meeting up with all the other sketchers at the night.
You’ll get a badge, and you’ll join the rest of the group at the Welcome Reception and the Closing Party.

Are you looking for an experience that is a little bit of both of these?
The Activities Pass gets you a social time with a little bit of learning. It also gets you an educational time without the commitment of the full workshop schedule.

With this pass you have access to all of the lectures, demonstrations, and activities, plus you’ll have time for more open sketch crawls, and access to the the Welcome Reception, Closing Party, and of course the nightly gatherings.




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