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"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.

USK: Sketching Richmond, Apr 17/18

Urban Sketchers } Sketching Richmond
Making Expressive Pen and Ink Drawings on Location



Space is limited to 15 students!
[Click here to Register]


Join sketching artist Marc Taro Holmes, author of The Urban Sketcher: Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location for a two day sketching workshop in Richmond VA, sponsored by Strathmore.

Learning Goals:

This workshop is accompanying Architecture Week at the Virginia Center for Architecture, and the ongoing exhibition Urban Sketchers: Sketch Virginia.

The primary goal for the workshop is to loosen up participant’s pen drawing, and encourage working rapidly, in a more relaxed style. Ultimately leading toward new skills with reportage and sketching from life.

We will be working primarily in black and white. Color materials are optional, at your preference.

Exercises focus on the very basics of urban sketching. That is, black and white pen-and-ink line, accented with brush pen.

It will be a unique opportunity to practice the fundamentals of urban sketching with a diverse group of artists.

Note: Participants will qualify for AIA Learning Units.


[Materials List Available Here]


Workshop Schedule:

Each day we will begin at the VCA and walk out from there.

Virginia Center for Architecture
2501 Monument Ave
Richmond, VA 23220
United States

Friday April 17

10 am - 1 pm: Plan for Spontaneity : Scribble and Refine

  • Exercise: Scribble and Refine: Architectural Portrait
  • Exercise: Scribble and Refine: Street View
  • Exercise: Using the Viewfinder, Speed Scribbles
  • Exercise: Final Sketch


Lunch Break: (bag lunch, or find a nearby location on your own)

2 - 5 pm: Direct to Ink : No Mistakes, No Regrets
  • Exercise: Single Line Drawing
  • Exercise: Cinq-à-Sept Drawing
  • Exercise: Silhouette Shapes in Tone
  • Exercise: Final Sketch: Line + Tone


Saturday April 18

10 am - 1 pm: Picture Making: Composition Templates

  • Exercise: Iteration on a Theme: Finding Pictures
  • Exercise: Finished Sketch or Composition Walking Tour
  • Exercise: Leading the Eye: Use of Darks
  • Exercise: The Big Finish: Panorama Sketching


Lunch Break: (bag lunch, or find a nearby location on your own)

2 - 5 pm: Public Sketchcrawl : Route TBA

Workshop Registration and Cost:

Registration fees to VCA are $US220. Click here for Online Registration.

About the Instructor:

Since 2009, Montreal based artist Marc Taro Holmes has been a correspondent and travelling workshop instructor for the international reportage artist collective urbansketchers.org. 


Marc’s website citizensketcher.com is an ever growing journal of stories and images from his travels. Stop by and subscribe for free email updates from wherever Marc is today. You’ll find drawings and paintings done on location, reportage sketching of live events, step-by-step notes on technique, reviews of art materials, and news about the wide world of location sketching. 



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