2019 Urban Sketching Workshops

2019 Urban Sketching Workshops

New Year brings new Urban Sketching workshops to iconic locations around Portland! In collaboration with the international Urban Sketchers organization this program provides educational opportunities for current and aspiring urban sketchers, using Portland's sites and culture as our inspiration and playground.

Workshops will take place on Saturdays from March to November. Participants will receive full details about the meeting place, materials, expectations, and other useful tips one week before each workshop.  Scroll down for information about registration, level, cancellations policy, and scholarships. For questions contact urbansketcherspdx@gmail.com

New this Year:

  • New exciting topics on drawing water, night-time sketching, tree canopies, and portraits
  • Save more on flexible packages
  • Free introductory workshop 
  • Scholarships 
  • Discount for previous attendees

Full Schedule

March 9, 2019 | 2:30pm-5:00pm

Introduction to Urban Sketching (Free Workshop)
Open to all sketchers and general public. Register here
Instructor: Rita Sabler
Location: PNCA Mediatheque

Description: If you are curious about Urban Sketching, but feel hesitant to commit to a class, don't know where to start, have anxiety about drawing in public, or have any other excuse for not giving it a try, this workshop is for you. We designed this introductory workshop to answer your questions about the movement that started 10 years ago and has converted thousands of people across cultures and continents into happy sketchers. We will talk about the USK mission, basic techniques, tools, and the fundamentals for sketching on location. We invite more experienced sketchers to join us to help inspire, lead, and share their passion. There will be raffle prizes, fun exercises, and good sketchy times for all. Registration is required. Space is limited.

Focus: introduction, tools, USK mission, line techniques, overcoming fears and obstacles, inspiration

Level 1 2 3

April 6, 2019 | 2:30pm-5:00pm

True Colors: Watercolor Techniques for Urban Sketching
Instructor: 
Rita Sabler
Location: Eastbank Commerce Center

Description: Watercolor is expressive and portable which makes it a medium of choice for many urban sketchers. We will start with basic mixing techniques, tips for effective use of your palette as well as common ways of applying watercolor. We will progress to demos and exercises on more advanced techniques that allow us to be playful and expressive with this amazing medium.

Focus: color harmonies, traditional and innovative watercolor techniques, color forward method

Level 1

May 11th, 2019   | 10:00am-12:30pm

Let’s Put It in Perspective: How to Accurately Represent Structures in Space
Instructor:
 Jason Roberts
Location: White Stag Building

Description: In this workshop urban sketcher and architect James Roberts will patiently walk you through the steps of setting up your drawing to adhere to the rules of perspective. Students will work from thumbnail sketches to one point perspective layout to final sketch.

Focus: one and two point perspective, proportions, vanishing point, eye-level line

Level 1

June 1, 2019 | 10:00am -12:30pm

Street Smarts: Step by Step Guide to Drawing City Scenes
Instructor: 
Rita Sabler
Location: Fields Park 

Description: In this workshop we will apply rules of perspective to drawing real city scenes. The instructor will lead you through a step-by-step process of drawing a busy street that is lined with buildings, urban furniture, cars, trees, and other objects that all have to align to a perspective grid to look real. We will look at techniques that allow for realistic portrayal of depth, glass, concrete, and other materials and textures present in urban settings.

Focus: perspective, proportions, vanishing point, eye-level line, architectural drawing, urban furniture, cars 

Level 2

June 29th, 2019 | 10:00am -12:30pm

Unfolding Stories: Recipes and Ingredients for Visual Storytelling 
Instructor: Rita Sabler
Location: Saturday Market 

Description: We all love sketches that are not only beautiful to look at but also tell a compelling story. How do you infuse your sketch with meaning that is intuitively and universally understood? This workshop will introduce you to the key ingredients of a visual story and teach you easy to follow recipes to put together one of your own, when your time is limited. We will discuss key techniques that make your story easy to represent and follow. Finally we will put all of our ingredients together, selectively applying such techniques as isolating, motion framing, captioning, zooming in creating a story about the market.

Focus: visual storytelling, sketching reportage, speed sketching techniques, drawing people

Level 2 3

July 13th, 2019 | 10:00am-12:30pm

The 360 Perspective: Playfully Capture Your World in one Sketch
Instructor:
Lauren Ohlgren
Location: Director Park

Description: 360 view approach is perfect for locations with exciting views in all directions, whether you prefer a simple contour line drawing or sketch with attention to every detail. We will talk about how to get started, choosing a layout to make it all fit, creating focal points, and techniques to make all elements connect into one cohesive panoramic drawing. Participants will complete at least one drawing on location and leave with knowledge of how to apply this technique to any location.

Focus: 360° point of view, sense of place, playfulness, focal point, panoramic drawings

Level: 1 2

August 10th, 2019 | 10:00am-12:30pm

Follow the Crowd: Techniques for Drawing Moving People in Perspective
Instructor: Rita Sabler
Location: Alberta Street Fair 

Description: Drawing busy city scenes, moving people, and crowds is one of the most exciting challenges for an urban sketcher. It doesn't have to be so daunting that we give up without even trying. In this workshop we will take all of the stress out of making dynamic drawings. Breaking up the moving body into simple shapes we will learn how to capture the spirit of a busy place without having to draw every individual human figure. Through a series of fun, fast moving exercises we will progress to making a sketch of a popular Alberta street fair.

Focus: moving subjects, crowds, perspective, speed-sketching, human proportions, conveying busy public spaces

Level 2 3

September 7th  | 10:00am-12:30pm

Ripple Effect: Drawing Urban Bodies of Water
Instructor:
Rita Sabler
Location: Willamette river waterfront 

Description: Rivers, lakes, and bays make for a perfect urban setting on a warm summer day, but how do you capture this liquid perfection and everything that is reflected in it with mastery and ease? In this workshop we will enjoy a beautiful morning on the Willamette learning to how convincingly portray boats, buildings, and the sky itself when it is reflected off the water surface. 

Focus: watercolor, drawing water, implying reflections, splashes, and waves

Level 2

September 28th, 2019  | 2:30pm -5:00pm

Can you see the Forest for the Trees: Urban Tree Canopies 
Instructor: Rita Sabler
Location: Hoyt Arboretum

Description: Trees are an important element of almost any urban setting. From the purely artistic point of view they filter light, create intricate textures, mark seasonal changes. Yet, drawing natural looking greenery could be challenging–some sketchers get lost trying to draw every single leaf, others struggle with drawing convincing canopy shapes. The instructor will demonstrate how to quickly capture different species of trees and how to use color to make sense of light and shadow to portray urban forests.

Focus: Effective use of texture, common tree species, watercolor, shadows, color casts

Level 1 2

October 12th, 2019 | 6:30pm-9:00pm

Under the Cover of Darkness: Pro Tips for Nighttime Sketching 
Instructor: Rita Sabler 
Location: Pioneer Courthouse Square 

Description: Urban sketching doesn't have to be limited to daytime hours. Night time brings changes to how we perceive color, lines, and shapes. The instructor will share options for night-time color palettes and talk about ways to observe and convey city scenes when obscured by darkness and illuminated by artificial light. Dusk hour start time will also allow us to capture gradual changes that diminishing light brings to urban landscape. 

Focus: watercolor, night-time color scheme, artificial lighting, architectural drawing

Level 2 3


November 9th, 2019 |  3:30pm-6:00pm

Vis-a-Vis Tea Party: Drawing Portraits that Aim for Likeness and Personality 
Instructor: Rita Sabler
Location: Eastbank Commerce Center 

Description:  We will celebrate our last workshop of 2019 with a portrait party. In a fun relaxing setting of an afternoon tea party we will engage in the favorite activity of urban sketchers when they all get together and that is to draw each other with abandon. But first we will delve into facial proportion lessons, demos on how to mix colors for believable skin tone, and pro tips on making your portraits ooze with personality and likeness. Did we mention there will be desert? 

Focus: facial proportions, watercolor, color mixing for skin tone, conveying personality and likeness, body proportions

Level 1 2

Level

Workshops are designed for all levels of participants. Instructors will provide guidance and tips necessary to get started for beginner sketchers while more seasoned artists will be challenged to further their skills with a fun array of fast-paced subjects and themes.

Registration 

You can register for individual workshops, take the entire series of 10, or pick and choose 7, 5 or 3 to save:

Prices

I’m All In  (take all 10 at $29/workshop) $290
Pick and Choose 7  ($33/workshop) $231
Pick and Choose 5 ($37/workshop) $185
Pick and Choose 3 ($40/workshop) $120
One workshop at a time $45 


Register Online
Reserve your spot with a few clicks and maximum convenience through Eventbrite. (Fees apply)

or

Register by Email

Avoid fees and register by emailing urbansketcherspdx@gmail.com with your choice of workshops. Then send your payment by check (Rita Sabler 1001 SE Water Ave. Suite 210, Portland, OR 97214) or by Cash App to hold your spot. https://cash.me/$RitaSabler

Cancelations

Deadlines for refunds and cancelations are as follows:

I am All In: March 10 is the last day to cancel to receive full refund.
50% refund before April 7, 2019.

Pick and Choose 7:  March 10 is the last day to cancel to receive full refund. 50% refund if canceled on the date of the your first workshop.

Pick and Choose 5:  March 10 is the last day to cancel to receive full refund. 50% refund if canceled on the date of the your first workshop.

Pick and Choose 3:  March 10 is the last day to cancel to receive full refund. 50% refund if canceled on the date of the your first workshop.

Individual Workshops: At least 10 days ahead of your workshop.


Are there discounts available?

Yes, if you have purchased 5 and 10 workshops packages in the past you can register with 20% discount for any workshop or package. Please email urbansketcherspdx@gmail.com to obtain a discount code.

Scholarships

Are you a student or simply can't afford the full cost of taking a workshop? We still want you to join. We are making a limited amount of scholarships available. These scholarships will cover 50% a workshop or package you would like to take.  Please send us a message about your sketching goals, background, and financial need to urbansketcherspdx@gmail.com

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