Workshops

Pen and Wash class at Gage Academy of Art

These are some demo sketches from an online class I taught last month through Seattle’s internationally-known Gage Academy of Art. For the winter quarter I’m planning a new class (also via Zoom) devoted to “Pen and Wash” sketching. Would you…

Small Sketchbook, Big Drawings (in Amsterdam)!

Too big to draw. Too little time. Those thoughts may stop an urban sketcher from attempting to capture awesome scenes. Yet it can be done quickly if you learn to scale things down properly. That’s the gist of the workshop…

Friedrichstadt’s architecture, people and nature

You know urban sketching is a big deal when the mayor of the town where you are teaching a workshop comes out to greet you and reads a prepared statement to welcome you. That’s what Christiane Möller-v. Lübcke, the mayor…

Chicago in Your Pocket Sketchbook

A pocket-size sketchbook and simple drawing tools are all you need to start recording impressions of your city or the places you visit. I shared this handy approach to urban sketching at the Urban Sketchers Chicago Sketch Seminar. The imposing…

Fall workshop in Bothell

The Fall Edition of the weekend-long workshop that I started teaching at Cloud 9 Art School in Bothell back in March wrapped up with lots of smiles, including mine! The first day I taught how to break down a complex…

Urban sketching crash course in drizzly Bellingham

All these years in the Pacific Northwest have taught me never to let rain dampen my sketching plans. Unless is cold and windy, there’s always a place to take shelter: an entryway, a store awning, a covered passage. And sometimes…

Pocket Urban Sketching workshop booklet

The workshop I just taught at #USkPorto2018 was about using a pocket-size notebook for urban sketching. That format may seem small, but there’s a lot you can fit on every spread if you know how to simplify a scene. To…