Preparing for the Seminar Part 1

The planning team is getting excited about the seminar in just a few short weeks, and to help you get excited too we’ll be posting things to help you prepare for the fun!

For the first part we bring you the seminar map:

2015 sketch seminar mapClicking directly on the image will open a larger version with the ability to zoom in.

Wondering what to do with the time between now and the seminar? You can print the map, save it to your phone, visit the locations in advance, plan where you’ll stop for lunch or plot out the routes between your workshops!

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for emails – some of your workshop instructors may send emails with preparation work or information about what else to bring!

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Activity 4: Supply Speed Dating

Activity 4: Supply Speed Dating

© Andrew Banks 2014

© Andrew Banks 2014

Leader: Allana Pierce

Ever wondered what tools other Urban Sketchers use or what they’re like to work with? This activity will give you the chance to try 2-4 other Urban Sketchers’ setups and tools.  Participants will set up their urban sketching tools (chairs, notebooks, pens, paints, etc.) and prepare to make a sketch, BUT, before participants begin sketching, they will rotate to their left and sketch on their neighbors’ notebooks with their neighbors’ tools.  After sketching for a set time each participant will move to another location and try another sketcher’s tools!

If participants only occasionally bring along a seat, they are encouraged to bring it this time.

This activity will take place in a single location.

© Andrew Banks 2014

Trying out setups at last year’s “Supply Speed Dating” © Andrew Banks 2014

 

Activity 3: Urban Sketching as a Team Sport

Activity 3: Urban Sketching as a Team Sport

Leaders: Barbara Weeks & Don Colley

This activity is all about practicing collaborative sketching.  The team of sketchers will work on a preselected location.  We will huddle and decide on our formation (line or triangle or square) and work in collaboration to create an urban mural.  We will select our urban panorama and divide it into segments.  We will work on individual sheets, taking care to match image sizes with our neighbor sketchers on both sides.

This activity will take place in a single location.

Last year's "Urban Sketching as a Team Sport" © Andrew Banks 2014

Last year’s “Urban Sketching as a Team Sport” © Andrew Banks 2014

Activity 2: Make your own Watercolor Sketchbook

Activity 2: Make your own Watercolor Sketchbook

Meandering Journal

Meandering Journal

Leader: Jodie McGovern

Never be without your favorite paper in a sketchbook again! Participants will first watch a demonstration of coptic bookbinding (A process of sewing paper into a book with an uncovered binding) to use later on their own. Then participants  will learn to take a 22×30 inch sheet of watercolor paper, fold and tear it into a sketchbook called a meandering journal.

If supplies are required registrants will be informed.

This activity will take place in a single location.

    

Coptic Binding

Coptic Binding

Activity 1: Architecture Walk

Activity 1: Architecture Walk

Leader: Allana Pierce

This activity merges a SketchCrawl with an Architecture Tour*. Sketchers will start from Palette & Chisel on a SketchCrawl that highlights interesting architecture in the area. At a handful of stops your guide will give a brief history of the building and highlight interesting architectural elements while you settle in to sketch. Other stops will be made as needed, depending on how long we’d like to spend at each sketch location! This activity will coincide with the morning class and finish at the lunch break before afternoon classes.

*Please note: this activity involves changing locations several times and walking between locations.

© Andrew Banks 2014

Architecture Walk stop at last summer’s seminar © Andrew Banks 2014

Confused about the difference between “Workshops” and “Activities”? Check out this explanation.