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Urban Sketching Victoria B.C. with Gabi Campanario

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CityStudio

711 Douglas St.

Victoria, BC

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Join the original urban sketcher, Seattle-area artist and journalist Gabi Campanario, for a fun weekend of sketching and exploration around downtown Victoria B.C., a pleasant walkable environment rich in history, culture and scenic locations.

This event consists of three drawing workshops themed around key urban sketching topics: architecture, people and nature. Participants can sign up for one, two or all three workshops (see schedule below). Campanario will demonstrate how he approaches each subject and guide participants through exercises in different techniques, including pencil, ink and watercolor.

Through event partner Greater Victoria Placemaking Network, sessions will start at CityStudio, an innovation hub located at 711 Douglas St.. CityStudio is within walking distance of the workshop outdoor locations —the stately British Columbia Legislature, lively Bastion Square and relaxing Beacon Hill Park — and many other sketch-worthy downtown locations such as the inner harbor, the Royal BC Museum and Chinatown.

Participants can register for as many workshops as they’d like, but space in each workshop is limited to 12 people to ensure a good learning experience for everyone. Each three-hour workshop costs Can$140. A walk and talk on Friday afternoon / early evening and an open sketchwalk on Sunday afternoon are free for anyone to attend.

Victoria owes its reputation as one of the friendliest, most livable cities in Canada to its impressive network of bike routes, green spaces and gardens, well-preserved architecture and an eclectic mix of English, Asian and Native American cultures.

The most direct travel options to Victoria from the U.S. include the Victoria Clipper ferry from Seattle, the Coho ferry from Port Angeles, Washington State ferry from Anacortes and Kenmore Air seaplane flights. From Canada’s mainland, BC Ferries offer frequent ferries between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay, which is a half hour drive north of Victoria.

Schedule (sign up for one, two or all three workshops; registration for the free talk on Friday is required to get a head count that matches the capacity of the venue; registration for the Sunday sketchwalk is suggested.)

Friday, April 12

  • ‘Observing Public Space’ talk & walk with Greater Victoria Placemaking Network; plus ‘Seeing with the Urban Sketchers’ Eye’ by Gabi Campanario (16:30 – 18:00; free)

Saturday, April 13

  • Architecture Sketching Workshop (10:00-13:00; Can$140) Location: British Columbia Legislature

Working from the general to the specific, participants will learn how to draw buildings that look as solid and accurate on paper as they do in real life.

  • People Sketching Workshop (14:00-17:00; Can$140) Location: Bastion Square

People don’t stand still for urban sketchers to draw them. It’s our job to figure out how to capture their movement and expressions. In this workshop, we will practice gestural drawing and capturing people individually or as part of a crowd.

Sunday, April 14

  • Nature Sketching Workshop (10:00-13:00; Can$140) Location: Beacon Hill Park

Expect to work with your watercolors to capture organic shapes, water reflections and interesting textures.

  • Open Sketchwalk (14:00-16:00; free)

Queen Victoria statue and British Columbia Legislature.

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Learning goals

  • Develop skills to approach a variety of common urban sketching subjects

  • Learn to work from the general to the specific to achieve sketches that capture a sense of place without unwanted distortion

  • Learn basic urban sketching techniques in pencil, ink and watercolor

Campanario, a Spanish-born artist best known as the founder of Urban Sketchers, promotes drawing on location and on the go, as a way to engage with your hometown and the places you visit. In his workshops, he emphasizes an incremental learning method, starting with composition and line and gradually developing an eye for tonal values and color. The sessions are especially aimed to drawing enthusiasts interested in documenting the world around them, as well as professionals in creative fields who want to reconnect with the practice of observational sketching as a fun and rewarding pastime.

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Supply list

Campanario is fond of drawing on small sketchbooks, but workshop participants are welcome to bring any of their favorite sketching tools. Here’s a recommended list:

  • Sketchbook: A Stillman & Birn sketchbook is included in the price of registration.

  • Ballpoint pen: Bic Cristal or any other brand

  • Pencil: A regular HB pencil would do, but you may also bring a pencil with a hard lead (i.e., 4H) and another with a soft lead (i.e., 3B)

  • Portable watercolor kit

  • For more details about Campanario’s complete urban sketching kit, see this post: http://www.estudiocampanario.com/2017/10/31/my-sketching-tools/

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Workshop sponsors

Urban Sketchers (including Victoria Urban Sketchers Meetup group)

Greater Victoria Placemaking Network

Stillman & Birn


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