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Sunday Sketching: April 26 Dim Sum Lunch

March 23, 2015


Lets meet again for Dim Sum Lunch in at Restaurant Kam Fung in Chinatown. If it’s not great outside we can eat and sketch food and portraits, or if it’s nice, we can  sketch street life and bounce around shops on De la Gauchetière.

We usually split the check evenly, and ends up not too expensive. If you want to opt out of the meal just let us know on the day. You can come well fed and draw everyone else with their mouth full. Vegans and people with Gluen/food allergies – Dimsum is probably not great for you. We can try for non-sauced veggies? Perhaps come equipped with some reserach on alternate Chinese food?

  • Meetup 10am, Resto Kam Fung
  • There are no reservations, we will arrive on time and try for a big table. In past years we have had to take two tables.
  • 1111 Rue Saint-Urbain M05, Montréal, QC H2Z 1Y6
  • After Party: 3pm: Corner of  St. Urban and De la Gauchetière, and we can find the most nearby tea shop/bakery that can seat us.



Announcing: Freedom Revolution Workshop! Lisbon April 25

March 26, 2015


The workshop will take place on April 25th, a very special date for the Portuguese people – the 41st Anniversary of Portugal’s Carnation Revolution.

Drawing people has always interested artists the most and been considered to be the hardest to do. Drawing people in their natural surroundings, moving, interacting, is even more challenging. People change their postures all the time, often leaving in the middle of a sketch.

The workshop will help the participants to overcome the fear of sketching people, and to discover fun and expressive ways of capturing the city’s inhabitants in action, caught up in their daily routines. We will try to show in our sketches the city through its main heroes – people!

Find out more at USK Workshops

St-Patrick’s Day Parade 2015 in Montreal

March 23, 2015

Parade St-Patrick 2015

On an extremely cold day in Montreal I sketched this looking west on Ste-Catherine Street just in front of Christ Church Cathedral. Morning temperature was minus 15 degrees Celcius, so I decided to leave my watercolors home and draw with felt pen and Prismacolor pencils. My strategy was to draw the location of the scene leaving enough space to fill in the Parade marchers and a float. Since security was at its height due to a threat to disrupt the parade by a group of protesters I chose to include a police car in the foreground. The car wasn’t going anywhere so I felt it would serve as a good measuring stick. I then added the two security policemen since they seemed too cold to move, making for an easy draw. Once the skeleton of the buildings and some people was inked in with a .03 permanent felt pen in the Moleskine  8 x 10 in book I proceeded to add some shading. At this point,I retreated inside since my fingers were numb. At a table at the food court I added some color before returning outside. This time I added a second pair of mittens (the kind that splits in two to let the fingers protrude) over my rubber covered texting gloves. I find these are ideal for pencil drawing in cold weather since the rubber texture adheres to a pencil, pen or brush. (I found these gloves at a Hart store) By the time the Parade started to flow by I had pretty well drawn the set-up. I quickly drew the St-Patrick figure float in outline and a goup holding a banner. Alternating 10 or so minutes inside and out (using the metro exits as warm refuge) I completed three quarters of the drawing. Later, in a cafe, with a hot cup in hand I finalized it by intensifiying the color and shading.

Early Bird Registration for USK Singapore Now Open!

March 23, 2015


Early Bird Registration for
USK Singapore July 22-25 is now open!
(10% off).

Programming and Instructors
to be announced March 31

Pre-registration closes April 10


Announcing: Tuscany: Journey into Matter with Ink and Watercolor

March 17, 2015

Fumaroles, badlands and alabaster quarries

with Simo Capecchi & Caroline Peyron
Volterra, Tuscany – June 24 /28, 2015*

Mornings will be dedicated to the observation of how these various materials can be handled and transformed, with a sketched reportage about craftsmen and industrial manifacture (with Simo Capecchi).

In the afternoon we will be painting and sketching amongst the different natural and artificial landscapes which have their origin in Volterra’s peculiar geo-morphological composition, materially representing these elements through ink, crayons and watercolors and collage (with Caroline Peyron).

Find out more at the USK:Workshops Page

Save the date for Stewart Hall

March 16, 2015

It’s going to be a busy spring/summer for Urban Sketchers Montreal (I admit I am happily looking forward to anything with the word summer in it). In May we have Draw me a Mountain, a sketch day and exhibition on Mount Royal and now I’m happy to announce a similar event for early summer. On July 5, Urban Sketchers Montreal has been invited to a sketch day and exhibition at Stewart Hall — Pointe-Claire’s Cultural Centre situated in a gorgeous historic mansion on the shore of Lake St-Louis. It is an absolutely stunning spot to sketch, in all seasons! Marc Taro HolmesJane Hannah, Raynald Murphy and I will be exhibiting sketchbooks and framed works from July 5 to August 30 in the Project Room of the Stewart Hall Gallery. Everyone is invited to sketch with us on that day and display sketches in a group vernissage at the end of the day. Hopefully the weather will be great, and all the snow that I sketched on the grounds this morning will be gone. I know it’s not our usual fourth Sunday of the month, but hopefully everyone will come out to Pointe Claire anyway. More details to follow soon.


Line to Color Workshop: Orange County, California May 1st – 3rd, 2015

March 16, 2015

Join Frank Ching and Gail Wong for a weekend workshop in Southern California to sketch Mission San Juan Capistrano and the Beach towns along the Pacific Coast Highway of California.

In this intensive workshop, we will walk you through clear steps covering the complete process of making a sketch on location, from the time you draw the first line until you apply the last touch of color. Meeting at various locations in Orange County, California the workshop will consist of a 2- hour keynote pizza dinner, three 3.5-hour work sessions, and a 2- hour sketch crawl conducted over a 3-day period starting Friday evening and ending Sunday afternoon.

Learning Goals:

The Line:
1. Selecting a point of view: Detail, Fragment, Building, Setting
2. Composing the page: Where to start, how to proceed
3. Establishing spatial depth: Near and far

Moving to Color:
4. Watercolor and brush techniques
5. Values: Seeing and using tonal values to create depth and capture the quality of light
6. Strategies for applying color and limiting your palette

Find out more at the USK: Workshops Page


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