Update: Most workshops for the spring session are now full. If you were unable to register for a workshop, you may get on the waiting list by writing to usk.seattle(at)gmail.com and specifying the workshop you are interested in. Please see the FAQ for more information.
For the second year, Urban Sketchers Seattle is taking part in 10x10, the worldwide initiative to offer educational workshops wherever sketchers live. Launched in celebration of Urban Sketchers’ 10th anniversary in 2017, the program brings a variety of courses on urban sketching techniques taught by talented local instructors in their home cities.
What is “urban sketching”? Unlike making art in a studio, urban sketching is about capturing life, wherever that life is – on the sidewalk, in our neighborhood parks, in cafes, or in other public places. Instead of drawing from photos or our minds, we sketch from direct observation. The manifesto we follow encourages telling the stories of our surroundings through our drawings and sharing them online.
USk Seattle is excited to offer the following workshops during Spring/Summer 2018. All workshops are on Saturday mornings. Registration begins Sunday, March 4, 2018, 9 a.m. (Online registration is hosted by Brown Paper Tickets, a third-party event management website.) The cost is $60 each.
A free Program Kickoff Event will be held March 3, 4:30 p.m., at Daniel Smith art supply store, in Seattle. Although the kickoff is free, registration is recommended. Meet the instructors, see their sketchbooks, and learn about the workshops before registering. The kickoff will be followed by an unhosted, informal “drink & draw” at a nearby location, which will be another opportunity to talk with instructors who attend this optional event. Please join us -- we're looking forward to meeting you and sketching with you!
1. Improve your skills by drawing from life, on location.
2. Learn how to compose and design your sketch on the page.
3. Experience the advantages of group learning and sharing.
4. Become confident sketching on location so that you can continue sharing stories from your city, one drawing at a time.
The spring workshop program is listed below. See details and supply lists here (PDF download).
1. Confident Contours
2. Freedom from Worry: Immerse Yourself; Let the Sketch Flow
Seattle Art Museum South Entrance (near Hammering Man)
3. Good Bones: How to Start a Sketch
King St. Station
4. People from the Inside Out
Pike Place Market Extension
5. Sketch 'n Chill: No-Stress Interior Sketching
Grand Central Arcade and coffee shops in Pioneer Square
6. Locating, Framing and Composing Views
7. Pocket Sketchbook
Historic Ship Wharf, Lake Union
8. First Steps in Visual Journaling
9. People from the Outside In
Seattle Center Armory
10. Charcoal/Graphite: Expressive Mark Making