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Seattle Urban Sketchers

Seattle, WA

In 2017, cities around the world began offering 10x10, a series of 10 courses telling the stories of our places. This education initiative was launched in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Urban Sketchers. For 2018, Seattle Urban Sketchers will offer two sessions. One in the spring and one in the late summer - fall.

Classes are listed as separate events.

Freedom from Worry: Immerse Yourself & Let The Sketch Flow

March 24, 2018 10:00 AM

Do you always get hung up on a detail, too timid to know where to start and never capturing the bigger image that you wanted? In this work shop we will look at strategies for loosening up and using your intuition to guide you in your sketching the big picture.
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GOOD BONES: Starting a Sketch

April 07, 2018 9:00 AM

Help! I want to sketch on location, but I dont know where to start! If youve ever felt that way, then this workshop is for you. Targeted to beginning sketchers, Good Bones will introduce you to the fundamentals of setting up any sketch in perspective.
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Sketching People from the Inside Out

April 14, 2018 10:00 AM

In this workshop we will work with a few ways to study people to develop natural-looking drawings. We will use gesture, modelling, cross-contour and context to study the human form in action. By working from the inside out and the outside in, drawing people becomes more about connection than production. Our aim is not to produce technically accurate drawings but satisfying impressions of people.
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Sketch 'n Chill: No-Stress Interior Sketching

April 21, 2018 12:00 AM - April 21, 2018 9:00 AM

Whenever I visit local coffee shops for my weekly sip 'n sketch sessions, I try to savor each moment while I enjoy my cup of mocha. Even though I like to sit back, relax and take in the scene that inspire my sketches, I don't always have a lot of time to sketch. Therefore, it is important for me to be able to capture the essence and feel of the space quick, without worrying about accuracy and getting bogged down on the details. In this workshop we will work on honing the skills needed to capture the essentials, by incorporating fast confident lines and reducing the scene to its basic elements -- shapes, layers and lines. We will perform exercises to become comfortable creating bold and confident lines, to discern the basic shapes within an interior scene, and compose the final sketch.
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Locating, Framing, and Composing Views

April 28, 2018 9:00 AM

The composition of a drawing, how we structure and organize its lines, shapes, and tonesis determined to a great extent by decisions we make before touching pen or pencil to paper. This workshop consists of exercises that address the process of making these decisions.
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Pocket Sketchbook

May 05, 2018 9:00 AM

This is a crash course in urban sketching with a basic tool kit consisting of a pocket sketchbook, pencil, pen and watercolors. If you want to sharpen your drawing skills and become a prolific urban sketcher, there's nothing better to get you started than a simple pocket sketchbook. A small, easy-to-carry notebook makes sketching in public less intimidating and is ideal for creating fast drawings on the go. In this workshop, I'll demonstrate contour drawing techniques and teach you how to fit any kind of scene, no matter how wide, within the small canvas of an open spread. I will also demonstrate ways to flesh out the sketches using watercolor.
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First Steps in Visual Journaling

May 19, 2018 9:00 AM

Cars, people, buildings and street furniture -- let's try the easy way first! Take your first steps into urban sketching using simple tools and practical tips that anyone can follow. I will demonstrate, then you try. Perfection not required. Combine basic drawing, writing, lettering shortcuts and ephemera for a fun day on location with your urban sketchbook. Adapt your new skills to fill your nature and travel journals, too.
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Drawing People From the Outside In

June 02, 2018 10:00 AM

Don't be intimidated by drawing people. They are such an important part of any urban story. In this workshop you will learn an approach to drawing figures that starts with the silhouette. Think of how much information is described with a simple silhouette and if you get it right, it is the foundation of your whole drawing. Even if your subject walks away or moves around, you will be able to finish.
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Charcoal/Graphite: Expressive Mark Making

June 09, 2018 9:00 AM

Working on location, one needs to understand light and form, simply when observing and recording. One can say a lot by representing very little and pare down a scene so we are left with the essential and have the information required to make sense of what's in front of us. Charcoal lets us stay loose, quick and definitive, creating the essence of a space that is being explored and defined.
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Seattle Urban Sketchers
Tina Koyama, Jane Wingfield

Seattle, WA 98502



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Confident Contours

March 17, 2018 9:00 AM
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FREE Kickoff - Seattle USk 10x10...

March 03, 2018 4:30 PM
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