On the 14,15 and 16 th of February I took part in Makers Month at the Forum in Norwich promoting Urban Sketching. On the Tuesday and Thursday I set up a stall displaying some of my sketchbooks and a selection of my favourite Books on Urban Sketching. It also gave me the opportunity to sell some postcards and greeting cards of my urban sketches mainly of London and Norwich. At the back of the stall people could drop in and have a go at urban sketching. As it happened to be half term I had plenty of little urban sketchers. Start them young! It was a fantastic few days and there was lots of interest and lovely comments about my work.
Introduction to Urban Sketching Workshop
On the Wednesday I ran a Workshop titled an introduction to urban Sketching. I ran three 1 hour sessions throughout the day. I managed to recruit 17 people which I was thrilled about and had some really good feedback. I was asked if I could run some more workshops which was really encouraging and something worth pursuing.
Here is a breakdown of the workshop activities:
An Introduction to urban sketching where I will show you some of my sketchbooks and talk about ways you can get involved.
You will learn how to make a simple Concertina sketchbook.
I will demonstrate three different techniques pen and wash, watercolour pencils and the use of collage in urban sketching, which you will get a chance to experiment with during the workshop. All materials supplied.
I will introduce you to an essential drawing exercise ‘taking a line for a walk’, which will improve your drawing and observational skills.
By the end of the workshop you will walk away with a sketchbook and the confidence to start your urban sketching journey.
|Putting together the Concertina sketchbook at the end of the workshop.|
|Making the end boards for the Concertina sketchbook.|
|Sketches of the St Peter Mancroft church and of each other using blind drawing techniques and expressive mark making and layering to try and eliminate the fear of the blank page.|