Class 1 - PUTTING AN IDEA OR FEELING INTO A SKETCH


INSTRUCTOR: Fred Polito

My initial interest in sketching started as I watched my Dad, an architect, render a tree in the background, after he had drawn the front elevation of a new house. The tree appeared as if by magic! Later, while studying architecture, a common requirement in all design classes was to produce sketch books done on location. Starting an architectural practice, I supplemented my income by producing renderings for other architects. (Now, most architectural renderings are done on a computer.) But all that hand drawing, and Urban Sketchers, has rekindled my interest in sketching. Sketching, for me, has always been about an idea or feeling.

DATE:

12:00 P.M., Saturday, April 15

LOCATION: 

Meet at noon at Giddings Plaza,  Lincoln Square. ,  4733 . If the weather is bad, we'll meet at Sulzer Meeting Room,  Lincoln Square. Chicago Public Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave.

BREAKDOWN OF 2.5 HOUR CLASS:

10 min.Discussion of the nature of art, the goal of the class, the ways to accomplish the goal.
10 min. Instructor demonstration.
40 min. Attempt to create a sketch with an ‘Idea’ in mind and using the ‘tools’ learned.
10 min. Show sketches to group and have group critique, including
instructor.
10 min. Break
   Repeat above.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Your normal sketching materials, and paper at least 8”x11” or bigger(larger sometimes means looser)
  • Something that will make more than a black and white mark, if color is not in your usual sketching arsenal.
  • Some thick skin. Comments from others can be a fun way to learn.


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