Thursday, March 14, 2019

Ready, Set...

It’s almost time!

Are you ready? Registration doors open Saturday, March 16 at 10:00 a.m. Chicago time (CDT).
All eighteen (!!!) workshop descriptions are listed here on the Seminar blog. With so many exciting choices it’s helpful to go the list and make your choices now. You may want to make a few back-up picks in case you are closed out of some workshops. 
The schedule is there, too. You can scroll down and see previous posts or click on the tabs at the top of the blog for more registration information. 

We’re ready to get this party started. How about you?

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

Making decisions on which workshops to choose when you register is hard work, especially when the choices are all enticing! 

Starting tomorrow we’ll be posting information on the individual workshops; two a day, every other day. Follow the Seminar blog  and you’ll have details on all eighteen workshops before registration opens. It probably won’t make the job easy but it should help you decide what’s best for you! 

Follow us on Instagram @uskchicago too!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo, to Which Workshops Will You Go?

Here’s the workshop lineup for the 2019 Sketch Seminar.

From this amazing lineup of eighteen workshops,

what four will you choose?

  1.  Aaron ElswickFake It Till You Make It: Sketchin’ Like You Don’t Care
  2.  Alex Zonis & MJ Ernst Fountain Pen World
  3.  Amy LarsenSketching on the iPad with Procreate and the Apple pencil
  4.  Barbara WeeksWatercolor: Focused, Fast, and Fun
  5.  Brian Wright & Suzala ZahlerComposition Tells the Story!
  6.  Gabriel CampanarioChicago in Your Pocket Sketchbook
  7.  Jenny ZhangLet Lines Walk on Paper: Cityscape Sketch with Loose Lines and Light Color
  8.  Jingo de la Rosa Think with your hands!
  9.  Joann Harling LarsenDemystifying Drawing People in Urban Landscape
  10. John A Hancock – Richness and Simplicity w/Ink Pen & Brush-Pen
  11. Lisa Flahive – Capturing Chicago’s Rhythm and Energy
  12. Marek Badzynski – Chicago Skyline with Fude Nib and Water-Soluble Graphite
  13. Mark Jones Go BOLD with Color Pencils!
  14. Nishant Jain – Be Sneaky: Sketching People To Liven Your Urban Landscape
  15. Paul Heaston – Umbrella Perspective, Chicago Style!
  16. Paul Ingold – Light & Shadow: Urban Sketching with Pen and Watercolor
  17. Shari Blaukopf-  Bare bones: Exploring Limited Palettes in Watercolour
  18. Wes Douglas Urban Uglies: How to Make Beautiful Sketches Out of Those Areas Most People Overlook
Stay tuned, more details and registration information coming soon!

Friday, January 25, 2019

Come Grow with Us!

It’s hard to believe that we are getting ready for our fifth seminar.  We started our seminars to introduce urban sketching to more people and to offer affordable workshops to local sketchers.  We’ve done that an more!

US-Chicago 2019 Sketch Seminar will welcome sketchers and instructors from USk-Chicago, Illinois, out of state, and even from other countries. This is the place to keep up with the details on this year’s adventure,

Details about:
  • Our instructors and what they’ll be teaching
  • Registration information
  • Helpful hints for a successful seminar experience 
  • and more so stay tuned!

We are inviting you, our experienced instructors and new ones, to submit a proposal and share your love and knowledge of Urban Sketching. Teaching propsals have been rolling in and we excited by the variety and the new ideas. If you’re working on a proposal or are thinking of submitting one now’s the time! The deadline for proposals is January 31, just one week away. This  link  will take you to our proposals submission form, it will guide your proposal. 

Join the fun!

Thursday, January 3, 2019


USk Chicago instructors, this is a CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS to teach at the 2019 Chicago Sketch Seminar (May 31 – June 2, 2019).

The Chicago Sketch Seminar is an annual educational event for Urban Sketchers. We are looking for a variety of Urban Sketching topics. The workshops will be given outdoors, in the streets and parks around The American Academy of Art at 332 South Michigan Avenue. The workshops are typically 2½ – 3 hours long, with a maximum of 15 students.

To submit a proposal to teach at the Seminar 2019, please fill this form before January 31, 2019:
Depending on a number of workshops submitted, there will be a selection process. If you have questions about creating a proposal or about details of your workshop, please talk to Alex Zonis or Barbara McCafferty Weeks.

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Team Sketching - A Panoramic Party!

Team Sketching – A Panoramic Party! 
with Don Colley and Peggy Condon

Interview by Wes Douglas, Urban Sketchers Chicago

I had the chance to talk with Don Owen Colley, who is a premier illustrator, demonstrator and the co-instructor with Peggy Condon for “Team Sketching – A Panoramic Party!” workshop during the 2018 Chicago Sketch Seminar. 

Here is one workshop that you really should consider.

Wes: Don, it’s good to talk with you again this year and I am interested in this Team Sketching workshop you are leading with Peggy Condon. What should people know and what can they expect?

Don: This Team Sketching workshop is all about the magic of everyone looking at the same scene, the same objects and bring out their own unique vision in sketch form. We take all of these wonderfully individual diverse sketches and arrange them into one large, collective ensemble. This is what I call “The Panoramic Party.”

Wes: Panoramic Party? That sounds like a three-dimensional sensory experience of some kind.

Don: "The Panoramic Party" is what we are calling this workshop. Think of it like the sketchers' conga line. Everyone has a role and is connected to the rest of the group but each person brings their individual interpretation to the sketch. All who sign up for this party are going to have fun, play with new ways to sketch, and discover a whole new way of seeing an urban setting. Others will be jealous when they hear what we're gonna do. 

Check out this example:
Wes: It seems to me that if I am working on a sketch that is part of a bigger, collective sketch, I would need to make sure that all of my lines match up to the next person’s sketch. Is there any concerns about the sketches not matching up or tiling together perfectly?

Don: No, not at all. In fact if you think of some of the pieces you know from David Hockney, where hundreds of individual photos are laid out to create a collective image, but nothing matches up perfectly, that is what we are attempting to do with the Team Sketches. There is perfect in the imperfect.

Did you know that mistakes happen when you are trying too hard to be perfect? So why sweat it? Mistakes are where the best learning happens anyways. This workshop is a safe learning environment where everyone is learning from each other and there is no judging.

Everyone is learning new tips and tricks from each other and bringing their individual experiences and perspectives to the party. That's what makes a team strong. And in this workshop, every team member is important and is needed.

All skill levels are welcome and encouraged. If you are a seasoned artistic professional, a hobbyist or just learning how to draw for the first time, we need you to be part of our team. You have life experiences that no one else has and we need you to make this team work.

If you go to the website and click on the “registration” tab, then click on the “BOOKWHEN” type, it will take you to the list of workshops. The Team Sketching workshop is WS 16 on Saturday morning from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and Sunday afternoon 2:30 pm to 5:30pm.

So what do you say? Will you be part of the team?