Barbara received a BFA from St. John’s University, New York, and is happy to have worked in the field of art in many capacities ever since. For two decades, she worked as art director and production manager in the magazine publishing industry. In 2005, Barbara took that experience and founded Remarque Design, LLC, a company dedicated to personal and corporate design services, including illustration.
Barbara has been a member of Urban Sketchers Chicago since its inception. She is a member of the Illinois Watercolor Society, as well as Urban Sketchers, is a correspondent to the USk Chicago blog, and a contributor to Tuesday Tips and Tricks. She has been a guest blogger for GoodFoodFestivals.com as “Urban Sketcher Meets Urban Farmer.”
Barbara teaches private sketching and journaling classes that use watercolor and sketching to record everyday life. During the summer seminar this year, Barbara will be teaching the workshop, The Poetry of Speed Sketching.
To see more of Barbara’s work, please visit barbaraweeks.blogspot.com.
Mark is a licensed architect in Chicago, working with the firm of Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED). He has over 26 years of experience in various project types, primarily focusing on affordable senior housing. Mark graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and learned his drawing and sketching skills through those architecture classes. The instructors emphasized the importance of documenting the environment by requiring students to maintain an active sketchbook. He filled it with ideas, inspirational quotes and designs, in addition to using it as a journal.
While in school, Mark participated in a nine-month, study abroad program based in Versailles, France, documenting his travels through Europe in pencil sketches and watercolors. He was drawn to the medium of colored pencils while working on his thesis project, and has used it predominantly since that time. Mark continues to keep active sketchbooks filled with conceptual drawings, urban sketches, journaling, and anything else that inspires him. He routinely utilizes freehand drawing to develop project designs and details in his work, and always encourages younger architectural staff to draw by hand.
Mark is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Construction Specification Institute, and he resides on the northwest side of Chicago. He will be utilizing his extensive experience to teach the workshop, Urban Sketching with Colored Pencils.
To see more of Mark’s work, follow him on Instagram, @markjones4125.
Photo by Robert DeGabriele
Lisa is most widely known for her expressive drawings and watercolors of jazz musicians, which are created live, in the moment, on the bandstand. This allows her to improvise, react, and communicate with the musicians. She chooses water media because it reflects the life of the music and must be created boldly, in the moment.
Lisa paints what inspires her, such as cafes or chefs in the kitchen. She also loves to capture the energy of a city, as seen in her vibrant street scenes, many of which are painted en plein air, at night. Lisa is the artist in residence for Chateau Chantal Winery in Traverse City, Michigan, and paints live on the bandstand every Thursday during their popular Jazz at Sunset series.
Having a special interest in pen and marker sketches of lively street scenes, Lisa will be leading this year’s seminar workshop, Capturing Chicago’s Rhythm and Energy.
To see more of Lisa’s work, please visit Facebook.com/Flahive.artist.
Keelan has always loved to draw and started at a young age, with imaginary cars and robots. His parents never discouraged him from drawing, but they probably should have. He was often in trouble in school because he drew a lot, in lieu of reading or doing his math. He made his way from engineering to architecture as a major, after stumbling through the first year of chemistry and material science. He saw how much fun the architects were having, and learned to draw like an architect at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he completed the M.Arch. with a specialty in representation and design.
Keelan enjoys travel drawing, mostly the travel and gastronomical aspects, but also the drawing. Most recently, his drawing and painting has sought to hybridize an airy drawing technique, inspired loosely by the drawings of John Singer Sargent and Alberto Giacometti, with the Velasquez Palette of burnt siena, ultramarine blue, and yellow ochre, common to architectural watercolorists. In addition, he is also inspired by the rich and deep technique present in Chinese watercolor. Also influential are architectural watercolor artists Moh’d Bilbeisi, Douglas Lew, and Huck Scarry. Keelan is a professor of architecture at Judson University, but considers himself largely a student.
With his special interest in sketching people and architecture with pen and ink, and watercolor, Keelan will be leading the workshop Rapid Sketch with Watercolor and Velasquez Palette.
To see more of Keelan’s work, please visit watercolorblast.wordpress.com/.
Urban Sketchers Chicago is excited to announce Faber Castell‘s sponsorship of the Chicago Sketch Seminar for a third year in a row! Faber-Castell began supporting our artist community at our first Sketch Seminar in 2014 and we are honored to be able to continue to share their products with you! Faber-Castell has a wide range of art materials from pencils, colored pencils, markers, to artist pens, inks and fountain pens and much much more. Participants at this year’s Seminar will each receive their own set of PITT Artist Pens. Participants of Donald Colley’s workshop #5 Drawing Urban Dwellers, and #6 Creating a Rich Drawing, and Wes Douglas’s workshop #16 Sketching with Markers for Beginners will have a special opportunity to investigate the versatility of PITT Artist Pens in urban sketching. Participants will also have the opportunity to win additional Artist Pen sets at Sunday afternoon’s raffle.
USk Chicago thanks Faber-Castell for their incredible generosity and continued support!
Make sure to visit Faber-Castell’s website, and follow them on social media!
Joel Berman, LEED-AP, is the founder and president of Joel Berman Architecture & Design, Ltd., a Chicago architecture firm specializing in inner city adaptive reuse and heritage restoration for restaurant, hospitality, institutional and residential development. Project work includes an award-winning historic preservation renovation of a 1920s White Castle Hamburger building, and conversion of a 1906 Chicago fire station into a major video production facility.
In addition to running a successful practice, Joel has taught architectural sketching at the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College School of Interior Architecture, the Chicago Architectural Foundation Adult Education Program, and the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities/Chicago Architecture Foundation Urban Gateways Program.
For Joel, clear and fast sketching has been a factor in the success of his design work and architectural practice. He will be lending his talents during this year’s seminar by leading the workshop How to Sketch Like an Architect.
Urban Sketchers Chicago is excited to announce General Pencil Company‘s sponsorship of the Chicago Sketch Seminar for a second year in a row! General Pencil Company has been proudly making a wide range of pencils and artist supplies in the USA since 1889. Their pencils and pencil sets were warmly welcomed and immediately used by last year’s Seminar participants and we are excited to share them with you again at this year’s event!
This year, General Pencil Co. will be providing pencils specifically for use in Workshop #3 Poetry of Speed Sketching and Workshop #11 How to Sketch Like and Architect, to each participant in their welcome gift bags, as well as several great raffle items for a raffle event to be held at Sunday afternoon’s reception. USk Chicago thanks General Pencil Company’s generous and continued support of our artist community!
Make sure to visit General Pencil Co’s website, and follow them on social media!
Joann is a career graphic designer who is transitioning from corporate collateral to architecture-related illustration. She is developing her own line of luxury textile designs inspired by the Art Deco period.
A docent with Chicago Architecture Foundation since 2012, Joann leads tours through downtown Chicago with a preference for late 19th to mid-20th century buildings. Joann is an accomplished storyteller, fueled by her advanced Toastmaster skills.
Joann’s special interests are Chicago history and sketching architecture, focusing on details such as hand crafted ornamentation. She will lend her talents at this year’s seminar by leading the Architecture Sketching Tour.
To view more of Joann’s work, please visit joannsondy.myportfolio.com/my-sketchbook.
Ed is a working artist and author of the book, “Making Art – Materials and Techniques for Today’s Artist.” He is currently the Art Education and Outreach Director for Canson North America. Throughout his career, Ed has worked, and continues to work, with a variety of art material companies, and has taught art materials and techniques for 30 years, lecturing in more than 250 arts schools, colleges, and universities.
Ed has a working knowledge of all art materials, but his favorite media are oils, acrylics, watercolor, ink and ink wash, and mixed media. He considers himself a paper snob and an all-around art materials junkie. His philosophy: It’s all about the process.
At this year’s seminar, Ed will be conducting the Art Materials Lecture, where he will provide participants with Canson’s “Guide to Fine Art Paper,” as well as sample papers for their own use.
To see Ed’s art work, go to www.edbrickler-artist.com.