Monday, March 22, 2010

Mark your calendar for summer Sketching Symposium in Portland, Oregon

We are really excited to announce our first event as a nonprofit! The 1st International Urban Sketching Symposium will take place in Portland, Oregon, this summer, thanks to a partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art, a leading art school on the scenic West Coast of the United States.

Since we established nonprofit status last December, organizing an annual event to promote the art of location drawing has been one of our top priorities. This three-day Symposium will feature a blend of lectures, panels, exhibits and sketch outings led by a dozen of instructors. Registration is open now. Given limited availability, we encourage you to sign up soon to secure your spot.

The Symposium is modeled after a successful summer workshop some of our correspondents taught in Jaca, Spain, last year. The pioneering Jaca event was organized by Clara Marta, professor of artistic drawing at the Escuela Superior de Diseño de Aragón, and it sparked the blog about sketchbooks de vuelta con el cuaderno and our regional blog Urban Sketchers Spain.

Thanks to a collaboration with SketchCrawl founder Enrico Casarosa, the last day of the Symposium will coincide with the 28th World Wide SketchCrawl. We'll observe the crawl in addition to the scheduled program.

Stay tuned for more detail information about daily schedule and recommended accomodation when we launch the Symposium's blog.

We invite you to share the press release below and publicize it on your blog and social networks. You can also link to it using this url.

See you in Portland!


[March 22, 2010]

Urban Sketching Symposium
promises to be a big draw

The city of Portland, Oregon, becomes the canvas for drawing enthusiasts from around the world this summer as Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and Urban Sketchers (USK), a nonprofit dedicated to fostering the art of on-location drawing, host the 1st International Urban Sketching Symposium.

This unique Symposium will feature a blend of lectures, panels, exhibits and sketch outings led by a dozen of instructors, including, among others, renown author of architectural drawing books Frank Ching, Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, Kurt Hollomon, instructor of Illustration and drawing in the PNCA BFA program, Tia Boon Sim, an architect and design educator at Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore; Simonetta Capecchi, curator of “In Viaggio Col Taccuino” sketchbook exhibits in Naples; Gabriel Campanario, a staff artist at The Seattle Times and founder of Urban Sketchers; Veronica Lawlor, an illustrator and teacher at NYC’s Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute and the Dalvero Academy; and Lapin, a French illustrator based in Barcelona.

Guided by the symposium's presenters and instructors, participants will take to the streets of pedestrian-friendly Portland to sharpen their drawing skills and get one-on-one feedback. “Drawing is often a solitary endeavour,” says Campanario, “but I find that the energy and inspiration you get from sketching with others goes a long way when you are trying to develop as an artist.” The three-day event (July 29-31) is perfect for illustrators, architects, designers and other professionals who use freehand drawing as a communication tool. Symposium participation is open to everyone with an interest in drawing the urban environment on location.

Sketching sites include Portland's renowned Chinese, Japanese and Rose Gardens, the scenic waterfront and bustling city center of downtown Portland, as well as the vibrant cultural district in Oldtown and the Pearl District, where PNCA is located. Field groups focus on specific techniques —pencil, ink, watercolor— and subject matter —sketching people in movement, architecture. Expect to draw the boating activity along the Willamette River with interesting drawbridges as a backdrop, eclectic downtown architecture, public gardens and fountains, theater performances and Portland's wonderful indoor and outdoor night-life scenes.

Lectures will cover all aspects of sketching. Instructors will share first hand advice about drawing in public, tools, materials, techniques and composition, as well as how to share artwork on the web or get it published. An exhibit of sketchbooks and other original work by presenters will be on display at PNCA during the Symposium.

Participants are encouraged to register early due to limited availability. To register, check PNCA’s website.


Gabriel Campanario
Urban Sketchers
Executive Director
gabicampanario at gmail dot com
or 425.686.2398

Patrick Forster
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Director of Continuing Education
pforster at pnca dot edu
or 503.821.8912


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