Sponsor Announcement: Winsor & Newton


Urban Sketchers Chicago welcomes Winsor & Newton as the sole paint sponsor of the 2016 Sketch Seminar!  This will be Winsor & Newton’s second year as a Chicago Sketch Seminar Sponsor and we are excited to see the artwork that urban sketchers will create with their paints!  Winsor & Newton’s generous contributions to the Seminar will include sets of professional watercolor paints to each participant in both Workshop #1 Fearless Sketching with Pen, Ink and Watercolor and Workshop #12 Rapid Sketch with Watercolor and Velazquez Palette.  Participants in Workshop #7  Urban Sketching in Oil Paint will also receive a set of oil paints to use during this workshop and all participants can expect to receive a special item in their gift bags upon signing in to the event weekend.  Make sure to visit Winsor & Newton’s website, and follow them on social media!  Many thanks to Winsor & Newton from the entire USk Chicago community!

Website: http://www.winsornewton.com/na/shop
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WinsorNewton/?fref=ts
Twitter: @winsorandnewton
Instagram: @winsorandnewton


Sponsor Announcement: Sakura of America

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Urban Sketchers Chicago is thrilled to announce Sakura of America’s sponsorship of the 2016 Sketch Seminar!  This will be Sakura of America’s second year as a Seminar sponsor, and they will be providing a variety of Pigma Micron pens for participants in Andrew Bank’s workshop #2 Perspective, Proportion & Value for the Urban Sketcher. Learn more about Sakura of America’s wide variety of art materials on their website and social media accounts listed below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SakuraofAmerica
Instagram: @sakuraofamerica


Saturday, July 9, 2016

9:00 AM – Opening Reception and Registration Check-In

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM  Morning Workshops

1:00 – 2:30 PM  Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 PM  Lunch and Team Sketching (for those who want to join)

2:30 – 5:30 PM  Afternoon Workshops

6:00 PM – Dinner and Drawing

Sunday, July 10, 2016

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM  Morning Workshops

1:00 – 2:30 PM  Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 PM  Lunch and Team Sketching (for those who want to join)

2:30 – 5:30 PM  Afternoon Workshops

5:30 – 7:00 PM  Show, Party and Closing

Workshop 16: Sketching with Markers for Beginners

Instructor:  Wes Douglas


This workshop will focus on the different effects that can be achieved by sketching with markers. It is surprisingly simple to do and versatile as a tool for on-location sketching. Through demonstrations and hands-on exercises, learn how to create many of the same effects as watercolor, and without the messy clean up – just click the caps back on! Participants will receive handouts for marker papers and products on the market.

Learning Goals:

  • coloring for flat areas of color
  • blending of two or more colors
  • creating the illusion of shape, dimension and texture
  • rendering architecture
  • rendering landscaping
  • adding people or animals to your sketch


  • sketchbook (4×6″ or larger recommended)
  • pencils and erasers
  • black pen for line work (Sharpie Ultra Fine Point, Uniball gel pen or ballpoint)
  • starter kit of markers (Copic, Prismacolor, Blick or Pitt greys)

Wes’s sketches:

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Sponsor Announcement: Canson

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Urban Sketchers Chicago is excited to announce Canson’s sponsorship of the 2016 Sketch Seminar!  We were introduced to Canson through a recent addition to our group, Ed Brickler, Canson’s Director of Consumer Education and Outreach.  While introducing and welcoming Ed to our group, he expressed an interest in participating in this year’s Seminar, and the rest was history.  Not only will Ed lead workshop #8 Art Materials Lecture, he has also facilitated Canson’s sponsorship of a variety of art supplies to the Seminar, including art boards for workshop #7 Urban Sketching in Oil Paint, paper for workshop #10 Coptic Bookbinding as well as a variety of other products participants will receive at the event.  Many thanks to Ed, and to Canson for their generous support!

Twitter: @CansonPaper
Instagram: @CansonPaper

Workshop 15: Urban Sketches that Tell Stories

Instructor:  Ted Gordon


This workshop will focus on creating compelling urban sketches by telling clear, concise stories of our observations while we are out sketching.  Participants will seek out the One Sentence Story in their surroundings, choosing the one that grabs their attention and reporting it in the form of their urban sketches.  Each participant will most likely observe something different, or react to the same thing in a different way, resulting in numerous and varied stories.

With opportunities for one-on-one critique and instruction, there will be four sets of demonstrations and exercises:

  • simplifying shapes and values to draw the scene’s environment
  • drawing figures using a blended structural and gestural approach
  • drawing figures whose poses communicate emotion
  • putting it all together, into scenes with characters that clearly communicate your statement

We will end by sharing our Story-telling Urban Sketches.

Learning Goals:

  • learn and practice creating urban sketches that tell the one-sentence story of your observed experience
  • communicate clearly through simplified shapes and values
  • communicate emotion through the lines of action and gestural poses of the figures under observation


Bring the sketching tools with which you are most comfortable.  We will be doing several smaller, quick exercises, as well as at least one longer, finished sketch.

  • small-to-medium size sketchbook
  • pencil or pen
  • sketch stool

Ted’s sketches:

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To see more of Ted’s work, please visit www.TedGordonArt.com.

Workshop 14: Urban Sketching with Colored Pencils

Instructor:  Mark Jones


This workshop will focus on adding color and depth to your sketches by utilizing colored pencils along with graphite and pen.

Learning Goals:

Learn how the use of colored pencils, the blending of colors, and the combination with graphite or pen, or both, can enrich your sketches and bring out texture and depth.


  • colored pencils, a minimum of 12, including white, shades of blues, reds, greens, and grays (Berol Prismacolor 24-pack is a good starting set)
  • cream, terra cotta, and burnt orange are additional colors, good for buildings
  • graphite pencils of various lead weights from soft to hard: 2B, HB, 4H
  • ink pens of varying weights (Micron 02, 05, 08 or equivalent)
  • pencil sharpener

Mark’s sketches:

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To see more of Mark’s work, follow him on Instagram, @markjones4125.

Workshop 13: Capturing Chicago’s Rhythm and Energy

Instructor:  Lisa Flahive


This workshop will focus on creating energetic sketches of lively urban spaces without an eraser.  The instructor will start by using a range of large gray markers.  Participants will develop confidence by trying some short sketching exercises.  They will incorporate speed and take some risks in the sketching process.

Learning Goals:

Participants will learn to confidently capture the energy of the city by using:

  • dynamic composition with a focal point
  • line and shape
  • strong sense of value
  • connected shapes to unify the sketch


  • sketchbook
  • one or more technical pens
  • markers – black and two or more gray values (the instructor will demonstrate both wide and big brush markers, but participants may bring any sketching material that allows them to create a range of values)
  • portable stool

Lisa’s sketches:

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To see more of Lisa’s work, please visit Facebook.com/Flahive.artist.

Sponsor Announcement: Stillman & Birn

Urban Sketchers Chicago is honored to announce Stillman & Birn as the sole sketchbook sponsor for the 2016 Sketch Seminar!  Stillman and Birn’s line of sketchbooks include a variety of premium papers suitable for a variety of media, including dry and wet media, to light wash, and even watercolor, and ink.  This will be Stillman and Birn’s 3rd year as a USk Chicago sponsor, starting in 2014 with our first Seminar, and again in 2015.  We are excited to share their products with you at the Seminar.  Until then, make sure to learn more about their brand and products here:

Twitter: @stillmanandbirn
Instagram: @stillmanandbirn
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Stillmanandbirn/?fref=ts

Workshop 12: Rapid Sketch with Watercolor and Velasquez Palette

Instructor:  Keelan Kaiser


Hybridizing the Velasquez Palette with Chinese watercolor techniques.

Learning Goals:

Participants will understand some of the key principles involved in the Velasquez Palette of colors used in architectural watercolor to capture material and light, as well as deploying the bold use of color and layers, while maintaining neutral fields of color.


  • Watercolor block or spiral bound watercolor sketchbook with 140 lb. paper
  • HB and 2B pencils
  • #6, 10, 14 watercolor brushes
  • tubes or cakes of Burnt Siena, Ultramarine Blue, and Yellow Ochre watercolor paints

Keelan’s sketches:




To see more of Keelan’s work, please visit watercolorblast.wordpress.com/.