Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Santa Monica Pier with Urban Sketchers


A few San Diego Urban Sketchers joined the Los Angeles Urban Sketchers when they hosted Liz Steel from Sidney Australia. This video shows the pier attractions and the artist's sketches.

Venice Canals with Liz Steel and Los Angeles Urban Sketchers


On November 10, 2018, I was invited on a day trip to Los Angeles to sketch with Liz Steel (Australian Urban Sketcher) and The Los Angeles Urban Sketchers. The morning event was held at Venice Canals, in Venice Beach, California. Thank you Renata and Shruti for your invitation.

Friday, October 12, 2018

OUR Bates Nut Farm Event IS CANCELED

OUR event for Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Bates Nut Farm is Canceled due to a 70% rain forecast. (canceled rain or shine)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Lyd Listens - Podcast 1 Renata Brito of San Diego Urban Sketchers

Renata Brito shares her experience with Urban Sketchers, the symposium, and her method of sketching.


Mentioned in Video
Renata on Instagram: www.instagram.com/renata_sketch
Urban Sketchers: www.urbansketchers.org
San Diego Urban Sketchers on Instagram: www.instagram.com/usksandiego
San Diego Urban Sketchers on Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/SanDiegoUrbanSketchers
Zipchips YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/zipchips
Paul Wang: www.instagram.com/paulwang_sg

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Symposium Call for Programming

Program & Schedule

International USk Symposium Amsterdam 2019 - Call for Programming

1 September 2018

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The 10th Urban Sketchers Symposium is in Amsterdam, on July 24-27, 2019. We are seeking proposals for Workshops, Demonstrations, Lectures and Skit Sketch by Saturday, 7th October, 2018 (11:59 pm GMT). Selected proposals will be notified in November 2018. 

(You can see past symposium programming for 2018 here, 2017 here and 2016 here)

WORKSHOPS

Workshops are presented as a more formal educational experience with a smaller group (a maximum of 15 participants), allowing for personal interaction with students. Instructors are expected to do a short demonstration, have one-on-one interaction with participants, and check on them during their exercises.

Duration and Frequency: All workshops will be 3 hours and taught up to three times over the course of the Symposium
Capacity: Focused instruction for up to 15 participants in each session.
Demo : Instructor will conduct a 40 minutes demonstration (incl 10min Q&A) with up to 25 participants, preferably in line with their workshop, during the symposium (venue can be their workshop location)
Compensation: If your proposal is selected, you receive a free registration for the Symposium, travel and accommodation. Instructors will receive an honorarium of $100.

If you are proposing a Workshop, you must download this form, complete your copy and include your sample sketches inside the proposal document (not as separate attachments).

We are aiming to increase the number of new and local instructors. If you have not previously taught at the Symposium, and you have teaching experience, we want to hear from you! For the previous years, we have already gotten a good mix of new and of local instructors, and aim to continue.

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We are also seeking sketchers to share urban sketcher stories, sketching technique, sketching materials and present a DEMO, LECTURE or SKIT SKETCH presentation related to sketching.

DEMO

Demo allows you to conduct a live demonstration of your own work, your sketching methods or your tools. Your consent will be asked when you submit proposals regarding the filming of lecture sessions and that they may be shared online on USk platforms. 

Duration and Frequency: 40 mins Demo presentation, 10 mins Q&A session and will only be conducted once.
Capacity: up to 25 participants in each session.
Compensation: If your proposal is selected, you will be entitled early registration, and will receive an honorarium of $100 .
If you are proposing a Demo, you must download this form, complete your copy and include your sample sketches inside the proposal document (not as separate attachments).

LECTURE

Lectures allows you to share your own work, research, urban sketching stories, the work of other sketchers, sketching history, or another topic of interest or concern to fellow sketchers. A projector will be provided. Your consent will be asked when you submit proposals regarding the filming of lecture sessions and that they may be shared online on USk platforms. 

Duration and Frequency: 40 mins Lecture presentation, 10mins Q&A session and will only be conducted once.
Capacity: All interested participants are welcome.
Compensation: If your proposal is selected, you will be entitled early registration, and will receive an honorarium of $100 .

If you are proposing a Lecture, you must download this form, complete your copy and include your sample sketches inside the proposal document (not as separate attachments).

SKIT SKETCH

We are also seeking sketchers to share urban sketcher stories, sketching technique, sketching materials and present a talk related to sketching.

Skit Sketch is a ‘lightning talk’ presentation which allows you to share your own work, urban sketching stories, the work of other sketchers, sketching history, or another topic of interest or concern to fellow sketchers. A projector will be provided. Your consent will be asked when you submit proposals regarding the filming of lecture sessions and that they may be shared online on USk platforms. 

Duration and Frequency:
 a presentation with 20 auto-advance slides at 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total) and will only be conducted once. (similar to the format of Pecha Kucha or Ignite)
Capacity: All interested participants are welcome.
Compensation: If your proposal is selected, you will be entitled early registration, and will receive an honorarium of $100 .

If you are proposing a Skit Sketch presentation, you must download this form and include 20 images intended for the slide presentation, inside the proposal document (not as separate attachments).

SOME DETAILS TO KEEP IN MIND WHILE DRAFTING YOUR PROPOSAL:

You can propose a Workshop or Demo for a specific spot or a general location. We recommend you to get to know the possible locations before you create your proposal, in order to match your idea with the city’s environment.

Map of suggested locations 
All participants will be advised to gather with their Instructors at the Meeting place, before setting out to Workshop locations. 

Workshop locations are subject to change and the organizers reserve the right to make the best arrangements and combinations of Workshops/Demos and locations.

Learn more about how to prepare a successful workshop proposal.

Keep in mind the weather: July generally is the warmest month of the year in Amsterdam, with temperatures ranging between midday highs around 22° C (72° F) and nighttime lows of 13° C (54° F).  

July is likely to be sunny but expect rain showers now and then. Also, so called heat waves with temperatures above 30° C (86° F) might occur, but are less likely. Summers in the Netherlands are generally mild. Sunrise is around 6 AM and sunset will be around 9.30 PM.

You may propose multiple Workshops, Demos, Lectures and Skit Sketch presentations. However, subject to evaluation of the Education Committee, only one of your proposals may be picked.

All successful proposals will be notified by November 2018, for coordination of more information in preparation for the Symposium.

All instructors and leaders will receive a list of participants, closer to the time of the Symposium.

The official language of the Symposium is English.

HOW TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS

All proposals must be emailed to symposium@urbansketchers.org 

DEADLINE

All proposals are due by Saturday, 7th October, 2018 (11:59 pm GMT) 

LINKS TO ALL CALL FOR PROGRAMMING FORMS

If you are proposing a Workshop, you must download this form, complete your copy and include your sample sketches inside the proposal document (not as separate attachments).

If you are proposing a Demo, you must download this form, complete your copy and include your sample sketches inside the proposal document (not as separate attachments).

If you are proposing a Lecture, you must download this form, complete your copy and include your sample sketches inside the proposal document (not as separate attachments).

If you are proposing a Skit Sketch presentation, you must download this form and include 20 images intended for the slide presentation, inside the proposal document (not as separate attachments).

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Balboa Park - San Diego Urban Sketchers 2018





Thanks to Michelle LarsonJamie Utter, and Carin Wallace for sharing their sketchbooks for this video. It was so fun meeting with visitors from Michigan, Massachusetts, Mexico and Los Angeles today. Please look us up when you are in town again.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Balboa Park Event for San Diego Urban Sketchers

NEW EVENT THIS WEEK

Balboa Park

DATE: Thursday, August 30, 2018
TIME: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Urban Sketching
11:00 a.m. Throw down and group photo

Urban Sketcher, Cheryl Banks will be visiting from Massachusetts! A great opportunity to sketch at Balboa Park while welcoming our guest. Meet in front of the Prado Restaurant area facing the El Cid Statue and the Mingei Museum. Museums open at 10 so parking should be EASY!
El Prado Restaurant is at1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

TwainFest 2018

The San Diego Urban Sketchers at TwainFest at Old Town on August 17, 2018.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Tuna Harbor Park, July 7, 2018



Our 2:43-minute video of our event at Tuna Harbor Park. The morning started with a wonderful demo by Ann Schwartzwald followed by 14 artists sketching the Unconditional Surrender Statue at Tuna Harbor in San Diego. The video starts with a little scenery then shows the artists and their sketches.
Music: Silver Lakes, Wes Hutchinson

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Water Conservation Garden



The Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon was our meeting spot for the San Diego Urban Sketching event on June 23, 2018. Dominique Eichi gave us a free demo and we sketched on our own for 2 hours. The video shows the artists and their sketches, showing the variety of media used, ranging from Matt on his Ipad to little Nayelih with her chalks. Music: Morning Mandolin, Chris Haugen

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Buttons are Available!

We got our 2.25 inch San Diego Urban Sketchers buttons today! Requested and designed by Renata. I have 49 of them and will have them available at $.60 each. (cost) They are 2.25 inches. I expect the t-shirts to arrive tomorrow, Friday, June 22nd. I will notify you individually. If you didn't get a shirt you can wear a button!


Since I am selling these at cost I will only do transactions in person. Sorry, No PayPal no shipping.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Japanese Friendship Garden

Our 1: 50-minute video from the Japanese Friendship Garden. The artists and their drawings.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead June 10, 2018

The San Diego Chapter met at Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead and Farmers Market in Escondido. Many of the artists used the Direct Watercolor Method and their work can be seen in this video.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Folk Music Festival at Old Poway Park

Found myself in Poway today and decided to check out Old Poway Park after seeing the directional sign while driving. There happened to be a folk music festival going on, so I sat for a bit and sketched. Good practice. :) Kim Cruz

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Japanese Friendship Bell _ San Diego Urban Sketchers 2018


Created by Masahiko Katori, the bell was presented to the city of San Diego by the Japanese city of Yokohama in 1958 to celebrate the joining of our two cities as sister cities. The Yokohama Friendship Bell is located on Shelter Island and was the location for the San Diego Urban Sketchers Event on May 20, 2018.The video shows the artists and their sketches.
Music: Walk In The Park by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...)


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Marston House Event - March 31, 2018



The Marston House was built in 1905 and is one of California's finest examples of the Arts and Crafts movement. The San Diego Urban Sketchers visited this historic landmark on March 31, 2018. The video shows the artists and their sketches in pencil, paint and one sketch on an Ipad! A few of the artists share their tools.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Sunday, March 18, 2018

SD Urban Sketchers and SD Plein Air Painters Art Reception

The San Diego Plein Air Painters Meetup Group invited the San Diego Urban Sketchers to participate in an art show at the Rancho Penasquitos Library during the month of March. The San Diego Urban Sketchers sketched in and outside of the library and Tricia De Luna gave a painting demo. This video was compiled from clips taken at the reception on March 17, 2018. There were 2 walls of framed artwork as well as a display case with unframed artwork and sketchbooks.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Banner Design by Mike Mannis

Our banner was designed by Mike Mannis (one of our original Urban Sketchers) in 2012. I added the text Celebrating 5 Years in 2018. Mike has done a lot of work for us including our YouTube Intro which you can view on this video https://youtu.be/LBUcw7LDyF8 I created from our event at Mission Trails in February.

#oneweek100people2018


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Exploring Lyon, France

Lyon, France


Situated between the Rhone and Saone rivers, the city is both a blend of new
and old worlds.  Here you can find modern structures that tower over the city
to old buildings that date back to the Renaissance and Middle Age periods.  
Famous for being the food capital of France, Lyon is roughly a two hour train ride
from Paris.



To get to Lyon from Paris by train, Paris Gare Lyon station is the one you are going
to take to leave the city. Obviously arrive early to give yourself some time just in case
you get lost as to where to go once you get there.  I made this mistake and had to
purchase another ticket for almost three times the amount I initially paid for. Luckily
there was another train I could catch within an hour.  Looking back, I can
definitely laugh at this but I was not a happy camper that morning.


After arriving in Lyon and settling in my hotel room, I quickly left to explore the city.  
Lyon, like Paris, is divided into different areas separated by the two rivers.  Staying in
Presqu’ile, which is in the center of the city, I took a short tram ride to Place Bellecour.  
This place is a large city square complete with a Ferris wheel and an equestrian
statue of Louis XVI in the center. From the square you can also see the Basilica of
Notre Dame de Fourviere perched on it’s hill overlooking the entire city.



A short walk across the many bridges over the Saone river, will take you to
Vieux Lyon.  This is the oldest part of the city, which traces it’s past back to the
old silk merchants.  With it’s perfectly preserved buildings and cobblestone streets,
it was like stepping back into time.





While making my way towards the Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourviere, I
stopped in front of St. Jean Baptiste Cathedral and caught a mime doing a show.  



To get to the Basilica, you have to go through the many streets and alleys.  Many are
littered with shops taking residence in buildings that date back to the 15th and 16th century.  
A chocolate place that I stopped at was once home to the kings prosecutor.  It’s very surreal
to think about how much history a random building here must have.


 


After making my way past the different neighborhoods, I arrived at the foot of the
Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourviere. From there, it is a small hike up to reach the place.
There are multiple paths one can take with each offering different gems to discover.
If you want a great view of the city, this is the best spot, offering a panoramic view.  

While it may not get the same fanfare as Paris, Lyon is still a great city to explore with it's
own art and history.  It's a very charming and quaint city that is very walkable with many different places to explore.  I also love the small town feel it has, which is how San Diego is.  I will definitely have to make my way back here someday and probably focus more on the eating.