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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.

Drawing People From the Outside In

September 29, 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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Sketch 'n Chill: No-Stress Interior Sketching

October 06, 2018 10:00 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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People in Places

October 14, 2018 10:00 AM

While my other workshop, People from the Inside Out, focuses on people as the main subject of a sketch, this one will focus more on context showing people in places. Well work on strategies for including people in context; simplifying the human form by using mostly brushes and watercolor starting with the background (context); and negative space to hold people in the place.
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From Afar: Rendering Atmospheric Perspective in Watercolor

October 20, 2018 10:00 AM

Like many urban sketchers, I enjoy communicating detail from up close all the way to vanishing point. While the artist naturally must determine a focal point in the scene, the background must not be forgotten or ignored. Suggested detail, color choices in atmosphere, and contrasting brushstrokes in the background bring contextual specificity to plein air painting. However, this layer must be kept in compositional balance with the foreground. My workshop will teach watercolor techniques to convey atmospheric perspective, using counterpoint techniques in value structure and shape. For this intermediate-level workshop, students should be familiar with watercolor and already have some comfort and experience with sketching and painting.
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A Media Exploration: Charcoal, Ink + Graphite

October 27, 2018 10:00 AM

Students will explore media: graphite with a brush, ink with a stick, and luscious charcoal with a blending tool. We will describe space with different techniques while truly seeing the scene presented utilizing blind and modified blind drawing methods. Each medium will be demonstrated.
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Start a Sketch with Simple Shapes

November 03, 2018 10:00 AM

A few simple shapes can define a scene. Learn to find the key shapes that will get your drawing off to a good start.
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Pocket Sketchbook

November 10, 2018 10:00 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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Seattle Urban Sketchers
Tina Koyama, Jane Wingfield

Seattle, WA 98502



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Sketching People from the Inside...

September 15, 2018 10:00 AM
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Pocket Sketchbook

September 08, 2018 10:00 AM
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Watercolor 101

August 26, 2018 10:00 AM
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First Steps in Visual Journaling

August 25, 2018 10:00 AM
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Sweeping Views

August 18, 2018 10:00 AM
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Charcoal/Graphite: Expressive Mar...

June 09, 2018 9:00 AM
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Drawing People From the Outside In

June 02, 2018 10:00 AM
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First Steps in Visual Journaling

May 19, 2018 9:00 AM
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Pocket Sketchbook

May 05, 2018 9:00 AM
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Locating, Framing, and Composing...

April 28, 2018 9:00 AM
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Sketch 'n Chill: No-Stress Interi...

April 21, 2018 12:00 AM - April 21, 2018 9:00 AM
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Sketching People from the Inside...

April 14, 2018 10:00 AM
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GOOD BONES: Starting a Sketch

April 07, 2018 9:00 AM
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Freedom from Worry: Immerse Yours...

March 24, 2018 10:00 AM
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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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