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Reporting from Portland: Urban Sketching Workshops

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Portland, OR

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Urban Sketchers celebrates 10 years, and we want to celebrate introducing the first long term USK course ever! We invite all sketchers around the world to attend ten on location classes with a USK official instructor/s nearby your city to learn or improve the core value of Urban Sketching: sketch the world, one drawing at a time.

The series of workshops “Reporting from Portland” is designed to highlight concepts, city scenes, and cultural and urban phenomena that came to symbolize Portland both to its inhabitants and to the outside community. We will learn how to create visual narratives starting with smaller objects and concepts, progressing to drawing larger architectural landmarks and street scenes and finally culminating in a full reportage about the life of our city with the stories about neighborhoods, markets, and street festivals.

Each participant will be given a chance to showcase their Portland story sketches at the end of the workshop series by participating in the group exhibition.

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.

Learning Goals:

  1. Learn and perfect the art of sketching on location;
  2. Improve your drawing skills;
  3. Learn how to select, frame and design visual stories on a page;
  4. Learn how writing and drawing can work together to communicate more to your audience;
  5. Experience the advantages of group learning and seeing the many paths to success;
  6. Create visual stories about Portland;
  7. Join the exciting Urban Sketching movement that is taking the world by storm.

    Further information about specific workshops locations, required supplies, and instructions will be sent one week prior to each workshop. Click on a specific date, and then choose "Tickets" to read about individual workshops. Please note that with the exception of the last workshop all workshops start at 11am. The last workshop will have a different starting time due to the timing of the festival. It will begin at 1:00pm on July 15th.

    Use the contact link below if you have any questions. For more information visit the Urban Sketchers website.


    What can I bring into the event?

    Most of our classes, especially later in the series will be held outdoors. Wear weather appropriate clothing, bring sun screen, and a water bottle for warmer days. We will always have a rainy day option planned for you if the weather is not conducive for sketching outside.

    Bring a portable stool, especially, if remaining on your feet for longer periods of time is not comfortable for you.

    Here is a list of recommended art supplies for all of the classes. If we need specific tools for individual classes we will include those in an email for you ahead of the class.

    • A5 or A4 sketchbook
    • Black waterproof pen (0.1);
    • Black waterproof pen (0.5);
    • Graphite pencils (HB, 3B or 6B);
    • Water-based color markers;
    • Watercolor pan set;
    • Water brush;
    • Watercolor brush;
    • Indian Ink;
    • Small cloth rag;
    • Leak proof plastic container;
    • Colored pencils;
    • Portable stool

    How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

    Feel free to email ritasabler@gmail.com with any questions.

    What's the refund policy?

    We can offer a full refund for cancelations received 14 days prior to the start of the series for those who have registered for the full 10 workshops pass. Last day to cancel and get a full refund for the 10 workshops pass will be April 15th. Unfortunately, we can't issue full or partial refunds after April 15th.

    For those registered for individual workshops the refund will be issued only if requested at least 14 days ahead of each individual workshop.

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