Meet the Correspondent: Luis Ruiz > Malaga, Spain$show=/search/label/Luis%20Ruiz

"Since I was a child, I have always loved drawing. As an architect, I was trained to sketch on site in my first year of my studies. I have always considered sketching a wonderful tool in my job to understand things, more in the field of spatial relations than in their material aspect. On the other hand, I have always brought a sketchbook with me in my travels as a much more effective way of keeping a memory than a photograph. But lately my travel sketches tended to be too few and too quick. I have recently found Urban Sketchers, and then discovered the immense joy of sketching outside with no particular task. Reading Usk’s manifesto, I feel especially sensitive with the point of keeping a record of time and place, and I’m changing from sketching just architecture to understand the city as a big scenario for human activity. I live in Málaga, a city in the south of Spain with more than half a million residents and 2,500 years of age; but also the center of a busy and lively metropolitan area, home of an active harbour and a big tourist destination. Now that I have two small children and I do not travel as much as before, I’m trying to show this mixture of old and new in my drawings. It is so rewarding to share my work with so many excellent artists and receive continuous feedback from other members! And, last but not least, to learn from other parts of the world. I'm delighted to join Urban Sketchers." • Luis' art on flickr.

Costa Rica Workshop -The Market Adventure- march 2015

Join us to our market adventure in San José, Costa Rica!!

The Workshop consists of getting to know the most intimate issues of a place through analytical and creative sketches, focused on the relationship between space and people. The Central Market of San Jose is full of atmospheres and daily histories that will serve as a vast menu of moments and places expecting to be drawn. Applying the concept of freezing time, the workshop will focus in the small details that might happen unnoticed, but that integrate a major gear that gives place to a living organism: THE MARKET. We will explore it from the inside out, to deal with its borders and the way they relate to the city around it, complementingit with its frantic internal activity.

In four different sessions through the two days workshop we will have an adventure that includes:

Discovering atmospheres: using color interpretation, depending on what zone of the market we are at, and how space and people relate to each other

Discovering stories: explore and witness how store owners solve their business needs and issues by interacting with their clients using graphic bounding boxes as comic strips to narrate events.

Going from the inside out: find the connections between the market and the city that surrounds it, through sounds, smells, light and paths.

Getting to know the borders: walk around near streets and discover how the city and the market help each other exist. 

   Learning goals 

·         using the “freezing time” technique/ concept  to really feel and connect with a place before sketching it

·         developing the sense of place conceptas a sketching tool

·         telling histories that relate to each other in space and time

·         sketching atmospheres using color interpretation

·         drawing from the inside out, to get the most of a place and its unique characteristics 

Workshop Schedule 

Monday 30 March 8:00am – 4:00pm
8.00am -8.30am       Workshop introduction, the “freezing time” concept
8.30am-11.30pm      Discovering atmospheres 
11.30pm- 1.00pm     Lunch
1.00pm - 4.00pm      Discovering stories 

Tuesday 31 March 8:30am - 4.00pm
8.30am-11.30pm      Going from the inside out 
11.30pm- 1.00pm     Lunch
1.00pm - 4.00pm      Getting to know the borders
4.00 pm -5.00pm      Coffee time! (Optional)


16 participants maximum. Any level welcome but some drawing experience is recommended

       Supply list

o   Watercolor sketchbook with water resistant paper
o   Watercolors Set
o   Black waterproof ink, dip pen and/or cartridge pen
o   Color pencils (optional)

       Sponsorship  (Possible sponsorship is under negotiation)

Registration fee 

$60.00 USD, Payment can be via internet transfer or PayPal.
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Cancellation Policy: All fees are fully refundable if cancelled prior to 16 March 2015. If cancelled after 16 March, a $20.00 USD cancellation fee will be retained. In the event of too few registrants, all monies will be refunded.

      Meet the instructor

      William Cordero A graduate of the “Universidad de Costa Ricaand Professor of its school of architecture is currently working as an architect in this institution and as a teacher in the “Taller de Diseño” (Design Workshop) class.  Interests include painting, graphic expression and architectural drawing applied toarchitectural design.  Hehas participated in the International Urban SketchersSymposiums of 2012 (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) and 2013 (Barcelona, Spain), and as an instructor in the 2014 Symposium in Paraty, Brazil, conducting the "Bounding Boxes, space and people as characters" workshop.  He is also a graphic correspondent for the USK Costa Rica Blog, and co-administrator of the Urban Sketchersfacebook group / in Spanish.


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