9 de junio de 2015

Sketch It On...Amsterdam-Liverpool

ARE YOU READY TO SKETCH IT ON EUROPE?
Taking place Aug 13-23


Sketch it on its a caravan of drawing to be held in two European cities. In each city we will draw for three days with a group of experienced instructors.
Learn from world-class sketchers who will enjoy coaching you to new heights with your drawing and obesrvations of the city. 
We all know Singapore is a world-class city as undoubtedly are Liverpool and Amsterdam which have been chosen as locations for this series of European summer workshops being led by a group of highly experienced urban sketching tutors including architect Norberto Dorantes, veteran architectural illustrator Frank Ching, architect and artist  Simone Ridyard and urban designer and architect Climaco Cardenas.

If you can’t make the USK Symposium in Singapore why don’t you join us in Europe…? We’re sketching in two fabulous cities over two long weekends in August and you can join us on one or more of the workshops (discounts available if you book two cities). A detailed programme of events in each city including experienced tuition by enthusiastic and friendly professionals, exciting talks and walks, evening events and Sketchcrawls, all organised with local knowledge and tailored to all abilities.

Whether you're experienced or new to urban sketching, we invite you to join us anyway on our European adventure! Learn from world-class urban sketchers who will enjoy coaching you to new heights with your drawing and observations of the city.

INSTRUCTORS
Frank ChingNorberto Dorantes, Simone Ridyard
Sketching tour, interpreter and translator

Amsterdam
In Amsterdam we're basing ourselves in the picturesque area around The American Bookshop on Spui. This is a central location close to the University of Amsterdam and home to many antiquarian bookshops and there's an open-air market selling artwork and books in the central square most days. It's also home to Cafe Luxembourg 'one of the world's most famous cafe's' according to the New York Times where we'll meet each morning at the start of our sessions. We do realise that for some participants in our workshop that it might be their first visit to the beautiful city of Amsterdam so our intensive programme of events includes talks, walks, boat trip and some sightseeing - whilst we're drawing of course!
Liverpool
In Liverpool we are basing ourselves on the famous Liverpool Waterfront, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site with its magnificent mix of historical and contemporary architecture as well as breathtaking panoramic views out across the River Mersey. We will divide our studio-based time between the Open Eye Gallery; one of the UK's leading photographic galleries and Tate Liverpool which should need no introduction!And as in Amsterdam we'll be creative tourists in this most stunning of cities!

Workshops Structure:
  1. Architectural Sketching: Composition and Perspective: Frank Ching
  2. Perspective & Drawing Style Simone Ridyard
  3. Urban entourage: Norberto Dorantes

Extra activities:
  • Demostration: Frank Ching
  • Artificial Light (Drawing at night): Norberto Dorantes
  • Sketching tour: Climaco Cardenas-SR
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Liverpool
Workshops:
  1. Architectural Sketching: Composition and Perspective 2: Frank Ching
  2. Perspective & Drawing Style  Simone Ridyard
  3. Dynamic Ink (non waterproof ink and watercolors): Norberto Dorantes

Extra activities:
  • Demostration: Frank Ching
  • Artificial Light (How to draw interiors): Norberto Dorantes
  • Sketching tour: Climaco Cardenas- ND

PLEASE GO TO our web Sketch it On web for all the complete schedule

Workshops:

A. Architectural Sketching: Composition and Perspective
(Frank Ching)

Workshop description
One of the challenges in urban sketching is overcoming the flatness of the pages we draw on and capturing the three-dimensional qualities of spatial environments. This workshop therefore focuses on the following three aspects of drawing architecture on location.
1. Framing the subject
        Selecting the subject
        Deciding on a viewpoint
        Establishing foreground, middle ground, background
2. Placing the composition on the page
        Realizing the directional qualities of a composition
        Visualizing the image on the page
        Drawing the first five lines
3. Developing the perspective structure
        Understanding geometry
        Determining the eye level
        Sighting for convergence, scale, and proportion
Learning Goals
The goal of the workshop is to develop an approach that will not only improve the spatial qualities of the work of advanced sketchers but also provide a sound foundation for beginners upon which they can grow their abilities.An advantage of this approach is that it enables one to work more quickly, the idea being that drawing multiple views can be more instructive than spending a lot of time on a single drawing.
Workshop Schedule
A 20-minute demonstration to illustrate the above principles and process would be followed by three sketching sessions. The first 30-minute session would focus on framing, composition, and the first five lines of a sketch. The following two 60-minute sessions would each focus on a different scene, build on the first experience, and provide more time to complete a sketch.
Each session would end with a sharing period and brief critique. During each sketching session, I would work one-on-one with each participant to discuss and demonstrate how each individual’s process, style, and technique of drawing might be improved.
Supply List
Nothing fancy, just a free-flowing pen or very soft pencil and paper.


B. Urban Entourage
(Norberto Dorantes)

Workshop description
When drawing the city it’s really important to record organic elements (trees and people), street furniture, cars, etc.In this workshop you will learn how to draw these elements to harmonize with the architecture.
Often first we draw buildings, then the rest. Have you ever thought that you can start a drawing based on such elements?
The workshop will develop these three topics:
1.     Drawing organic. The basic idea is to create strategies to quickly draw a person, a tree, etc.
2.     Drawing street furniture. A lamppost, a fire hydrant, a bench, etc. You will draw expressively and in the correct scale in your scene.
3. Boats,cars, bicycles.
We will work as follows:
     To choose an object from the foreground.
     We will explore relationships between that plane and different planes until the background.
     The expression is fundamental. We will include color, texture and shadows.
Learning goals
The Participants:
    Will acquire the ability to build their sketches of urban space through an object and other urban entourage.
    May easily find the proportions of buildings, objects, people and other environmental elements.
    Will also explore the possibility of drawing complex structures or details (eg a boat or an architectural style)
    Will learn to find a balance between the architecture and entourage
    Will use colors, textures and shadows as protagonists of their drawings.
Workshop Schedule
    Introduction, theory and demonstration  about 20 min
    Exercise 1    about 40 min
    Explanation about 10 min
    Exercise 2    about 40 min
    Explanation about 10 min
    Exercise 3    about 50 min
    Exhibition, group feedback and final closure about 15 min
Supply list
We do not need very sophisticated materials, just use what you feel comfortable with; for example fine-liner pens or ballpoints in different colors of ink and a set of watercolors and / or colored pencils.



C. Perspective & Drawing Style
(Simon Ridyard)

OUTCOMES:
  • An introduction (or reintroduction) to the principles of perspective
  • Understanding of one and two point perspective; how they work in real life rather than just as a technical exercise. How to set them up, where to find eye level and the elusive vanishing point
  • A nod to birds eye and worm’s eye perspective
  • Improved understanding of scale, massing and context
  • Understanding when to add the detail and when to leave alone
  • Working within an allotted timescale…no pressure!
  • Using colour and own personal technique to add drama
  • Increased confidence when drawing challenging architectural views…the more challenging the better!
TIMETABLE:
  • Introductions, theory and discussion about perspective, a hand-out will be provided that gives information about each exercise (approx. 20 minutes)
  • One point perspective; quick demo, exercise and review (30 minutes)
  • Two point perspective; quick demo, exercise and review (30 minutes)
  • Quick context studies…capturing the view in thumbnails and review (20 minutes)
  • Skyline sketch, concentrating on the city context and review (30 minutes)
  • Final drawing which brings it all together (60 minutes)
  • Review, final feedback (approx. 20 minutes)
Materials:
No specific requirement, but suggest fine liner pens (0.1-0.3mm) or pencil (B-2B) for Part One. Colour, mixed media; whatever you prefer for second part of the session welcomed...and encouraged! Also a sketchbook, in which you can draw in panoramic format (across 2 pages) so preferably not spiral bound. Folding stool would be helpful.

Learning Outcomes:
·         An introduction (or reintroduction) to the principles of perspective
·         Understanding of one and two point perspective; how they work in real life rather than just as a technical exercise.   How to set them up, where to find eye level and the elusive vanishing point
·         A nod to birds eye and worm’s eye perspective
·         Improved understanding of scale, massing and context
·         Understanding when to add the detail and when to leave alone
·         Working within an allotted timescale…no pressure!
·         Using colour and own personal technique to add drama
·         Increased confidence when drawing challenging architectural views…the more challenging the better!



D. Dynamic Ink
(Norberto Dorantes)

How to draw with non waterproof ink and watercolors

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Workshop description:
Pens with non-waterproof ink can be an interesting and essential to dominate when we do sketching. Often it is believed that we should use permanent ink before the watercolor, however, non-waterproof ink enhance the richness of the work and can create very interesting artistic effects.
BENEFITS:
• The line softens and avoids hardness and rigidity.
• Produce fluency and freshness in the drawings.
• When using fine-tipped pens can we control the outflow of ink and avoid losing our
• The tone of the ink (slightly purple, depending on the type of ink) creates a special
• We can simply use water to produce depth or contrast in our work without other
• We work with graphics (stripes and patterns) in combination with stains (water
• Can be used variety of ink colors (brown, blue, black) to recreate special
• This technique is recommended for stroke atmosphere when it makes contact with watercolor. color. touches or watercolor) atmospheres.
o quick sketches and expressive (only need pen and brush with water)
o Mid drawings preparation (when working with limited watercolor palette, using
between one and even three colors) and
o complex drawings (using a watercolor palette beyond)
Workshop location
New World Symphony (Frank Gehry)
Learning goals:
The Participants:
• Will acquire the skill to control the dynamic ink line when applying water or watercolor.
• Will use the dynamic ink to enhance the contrast and recreate the atmosphere of the site.
• Apply this technique in a quick sketch and ink with water only, the second using two or three colors and a third drawing more complex.

Demostrations
Live demonstrations by Frank Ching with the whole group

Extra Activities
Activities in which the instructor-coordinador provides general guidance about the chosen theme

REGISTRATION

13 de marzo de 2015

Meet our host for workshops in April: MIAMI BEACH URBAN STUDIOS

Between late March and mid-April we will impart the workshops Sketch it On Miami. The venue will be the MIAMI BEACH STUDIOS URBAN. In the same will make the registration, have the initial presentation, conduct exercises before leaving to selected locations, plus it will function like a Meet point for all workshops.

Entre finales de marzo y la mitad de abril impartiremos los workshops Sketch it On Miami. La sede del mismo será la MIAMI BEACH URBAN STUDIOS. En la misma realizaremos la registración, tendremos la presentación inicial, realizaremos ejercicios antes de salir a las locaciones seleccionadas, además de que funcionará de Meet point durante todos los workshops.


4 de marzo de 2015

Workshop itinerante: A dibujar en marzo


About the workshops
The proposal consists of three modules or workshops to be held for 3 weekends.
Participants can choose to enroll in one of the modules or take the full course.
The course is designed to meet the basic needs of an urban artist.
The first and second module are basic for all participants, no previous experience is required. The third module is intended for artists with intermediate experience.

WORKSHOP M1
How to set a point of view
Location: Lincoln Road
March 27-29
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Workshop description:
One of the biggest challenges in a sketch is the drawing's composition. The balance and harmony between shapes and objects are vital.
To achieve the harmonious composition we are looking for we need to know to establish interesting points of views.
The essence of the composition is that all parties should be in a particular place or position and play the role that corresponds favoring them all.
It is almost impossible to prescribe specific rules that allow someone to compose. However, there are simple laws that guide available for an artist manages to be able to create an interesting composition
We will develop the basics to create engaging and thoughtful compositions, starting with thumbnail type schemes. (Frame-work-­figure­-ground, composition and management, framing from the point of view, background vs foreground, an unusual point of view)
Learning goals:
  • The participant can create harmonious compositions in their sketch
  • Be able to know how to use the compositional tools and apply them to their drawings on location
  • You can make sketch with novel and interesting points of view


Maximum number of participants: 35 (all levels of experience)
Minimum number of participants: 15 (Workshop is cancelled unless this number of participants signs up)
Supply list
We do not need a very sophisticated but only that with which you feel comfortable. Basically a feather ballpoint pen of ink, 2B, 4B and 8B pencils and a set of watercolors. Also colored pencils if you prefer
Sponsorship: Stillman & Birn One sketchbook (Gamma Series for all medias) per participant


WORKSHOP M2
How to draw entourage in watercolors
Location: South Beach (Beach side park- Art Deco)
April  3-5

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Workshop description:
This module focuses on the art of watercolor and especially in working the organic aspect of urban sketch: vegetation, water, integrated into the city landscape, people and architecture style.
It is important to know how to build a sketch and make it alive by integrating the above organic elements. The cities are not empty, have life, color and energy. So we will work with watercolors and learn how to draw these elements quickly and conveniently.
On the other hand, develop exercises where we apply the technique of the 3 colors, creating interesting harmonies without having to record each color found on the site.
The location chosen consists of two components: the beach, the sea, with its palm trees characteristics, people and houses. And the urban area of Art Deco architecture its interesting to working the architecture style and details.
Learning goals:
  • You can draw a sketch level organic elements in various techniques, especially watercolor
  • You will be able to integrate these elements into an urban scene
  • You can draw an urban scene from organic elements.
  • Work on the basics of color and the intelligent use of pallets.
  • You can draw architectural details using Art Decó like reference
Workshop location
South Beach (Beach side park- Art Deco)
Maximum number of participants: 35 (all levels of experience)
Minimum number of participants: 15 (Workshop is cancelled unless this number of participants signs up)
Supply list
We do not need a very sophisticated but only that with which you feel comfortable. Basically a feather ballpoint pen of ink, 2B, 4B and 8B pencils and
A good set of watercolors. Paper to watercolor, block or sketchbook. We need some extra paper to develop the first exercise. Brush for watercolor, 10 to 12.

WORKSHOP M3
How to draw with non waterproof ink and watercolors
Location: New World Symphony
April  10-12


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Workshop description:
Pens with non-waterproof ink can be an interesting and essential to dominate when we do sketching. Often it is believed that we should use permanent ink before the watercolor, however, non-waterproof ink enhance the richness of the work and can create very interesting artistic effects.
BENEFITS:
• The line softens and avoids hardness and rigidity.
• Produce fluency and freshness in the drawings.
• When using fine-tipped pens can we control the outflow of ink and avoid losing our
• The tone of the ink (slightly purple, depending on the type of ink) creates a special
• We can simply use water to produce depth or contrast in our work without other
• We work with graphics (stripes and patterns) in combination with stains (water
• Can be used variety of ink colors (brown, blue, black) to recreate special
• This technique is recommended for stroke atmosphere when it makes contact with watercolor. color. touches or watercolor) atmospheres.
o quick sketches and expressive (only need pen and brush with water)
o Mid drawings preparation (when working with limited watercolor palette, using
between one and even three colors) and
o complex drawings (using a watercolor palette beyond)
Workshop location
New World Symphony (Frank Gehry)
Learning goals:
The Participants:
• Will acquire the skill to control the dynamic ink line when applying water or watercolor.
• Will use the dynamic ink to enhance the contrast and recreate the atmosphere of the site.
• Apply this technique in a quick sketch and ink with water only, the second using two or three colors and a third drawing more complex.


Maximun number of participants: 35 (intermedium of experience)
Minimum number of participants: 15 (Workshop is cancelled unless this number of participants signs up)
Supplie list
  • Pen Rotring Art Pen F, Lamy F or similar.
  • Ink black, brown or blue. (or all three)
  • Paper notebook that supports watercolor, but with little roughness. Rather a  bit smoother. The Stillman & Birn sketchbook is especially functional for both ink and watercolor washes.
  • Fibre Marker water supportable 0.1 and 0.2Brush water.
  • Watercolors Set


Workshop Schedule M1, M2 and M3
DAY 1
Meeting point
General welcome, Introduction and groups and Presentation and first exercise 60 min
  • Introduction, theory and demonstration of the technique 20 min
  • Working indoor
  • Exhibition, group feedback and final closure
Lunch
On location
  • Introduction to the site. Historical and visual tour and Approach
  • Theory and demonstration of the technique
  • Exercise 1 and 2
  • Exhibition, group feedback and final closure 15 min
DAY 2
Meeting point
General presentation. Explanation, How to draw.
Exercises
Lunch
On location
  • Exercise 1, 2 and 3
  • Feedback and expo
DAY 3
Meeting point
Theory and demonstration of the technique to the final day
On location
In location Exercise 1, 2 and 3
Meeting point
Final feedback and expo
Close 

Sponsorship: Stillman & Birn One sketchbook (Gamma Series for all medias) per participant in all of the 3 modules.
Registration fee: US$285 per module. Online registration or bank transfer.
If you prefer to do all of the Sketch-it-On: Miami workshops pay 2x1 (US$500 for 3 workshops)
Contact: c.cardenas@sketchiton.com
C. (561) 294 0798
Cancellation Policy:
All fees are fully refundable if cancelled prior to:
16 March 2015 (M1),23 March 2015(M2) and  30 March 2015(M3).
If you cancelled after:
16 March (M1), 23 March 2015 (M1), 30 March a $120.00 USD cancellation fee will be retained.
The event will take place with a minimum of 15 participants. In case of cancellation 100% of the payment made will be refunded.


About the instructor:
Mexican-born architect and educator currently teaching at the School of Architecture of the University of Buenos Aires. He is the founder and director of Taller Perspective, and also taught at the Society of Architects and other professional associations. He has taught in Mexico City, Lisbon-Portugal, Barcelona-Spain, Bogotá-Col, Santiago de Chile, Paraty-Brazil, Argentina and Singapure (july 2015)
Recently the Fundacio Enric Miralles invited him to collaborate with their academic interchange in the experimental workshops at 2014-15 in Barcelona, Spain and in the program of posgrado in the Faculty of Architecture in the UBA Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He specializes in the architecture design (analog-digital media) and concept drawings for the advertising industry.
Dorantes’ work has been recognized in several competitions in architecture and drawing. His works are in exhibited in Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina.


“I have been professor since 1988. I taught perspective, watercolours and representation techniques at the National University of Mexico and in the University Motolinia Pedregal in Mexico city between 1988-1993 (out door and indoor classes).
At present my teaching experience is focused on the architectural projects in the University of Buenos Aires and drawing by hand, in societies of architects and in my own workshop Taller Perspectiva http://tallerperspectiva.blogspot.com/
I teach drawing on-site in courses and outdoor workshops, such "en plein air" (historical lecture and workshop drawings) http://www.wix.com/tallerperspectiva/enpleinair
In my workshops attended by professionals and students of architecture, interior design, set designers, publishers and artists in general”


Event coordinator:
Although Climaco Cardenas brings more than 25 years of Design experience in the fields of Architecture, Urban, Interior and production design to Sketch-it-on, his Postgraduate Studies in the University of Pennsylvania in Architecture and City Planning formed him as an urban scholar, researcher and thinker at heart.  Climaco states: “Cities and Urban settlements are the physical expressions of cultural, political, economic, environmental and artistic intentions, ambitions and desires of the human creative power over time. The City must be studied historically and experienced and detailed through observation, analysis and drawing.”
He will be responsible for the tour and historical information of the city and locations visited during the workshops. As well as facilitating all event details on the ground in Miami.
Climaco currently works in his own practice Metrika Design, located in Palm Beach Florida. An architecture and planning firm working in the residential, urban, commercial and event production space. In the past, Climaco worked for the City Planning Department of Bogota as assistant to the director and was consultant to the Local government of the City of Cota for an Industrial Zone. In working with the Coffee Federation in Colombia as Technical Coordinator he managed the Taller de las Americas for famed Barcelona architect Ricardo Bofill.
He is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese.

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