Sponsor Announcement: Blick Art Materials, Daler-Rowney, Quarto Publishing Group

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For the second year in a row, Urban Sketchers Chicago is excited to announce Blick Art Materials sponsorship of the Chicago Sketch Seminar and the Chicago urban sketchers community!  This year, Blick Art Materials will be sponsoring the 2016 Sketch Seminar as the sole retail art materials provider.  Blick is generously contributing colored pencils  to participants in Workshop #14 Urban Sketching with Colored Pencils, Pentel Pocket Brush Pens for participants in Workshops #5 Drawing Urban Dwellers and #6 Creating a Rich Drawing Drawing, Pentel Aqua Brushes for Workshop #1 Fearless Sketching with Pen, Ink & Watercolor as well as several goodies that will be found in each participants gift bag and several items available to be won at Sunday afternoon’s raffle!

Visit the following website for an exclusive in store coupon at your local Blick Art location:

In addition to Blick’s generous donations, they were also able to introduce us to two new vendors who will be supporting the Seminar in their own unique capacities:

Daler-Rowney2Daler Rowney.  We were thrilled that Blick could introduce us to Daler-Rowney!  Daler-Rowney will be providing materials for Workshop #4: Flora & Fauna in Situ, including Acrylic Black Ink and brushes to be used by participants in this workshop.  Thank-you for the contributions!  It is a pleasure to have you on board!

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Blick Art was also able to introduce us to Quarto Publishing Group USA.  According to their website, “Quarto Publishing Group USA, formed in 2004, creates and publishes illustrated books in North America and sells co-editions of them internationally.”  One of the books that Quarto has published is the book written by Gabi Campanario, Urban Sketchers’s founder and is called The Art of Urban Sketching.  The Art of Urban Sketching highlights urban sketch artists from around the world, sharing images of their art work, and descriptions of their techniques and areas of expertise.  Quarto Publishing has generously provided numerous copies of the book and they will be available to be won at Sunday’s raffle.  We look forward to sharing these great books with you!  Many thanks to Quarto Publishing Group for this generous, and fitting contribution!

All of our sponsors can be found online and social media:


Website: http://www.daler-rowney.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dalerrowney/?fref=ts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DalerRowney
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daler_rowney/

Website: http://www.quartoknows.com/division/Quarto-Publishing-Group-USA/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QuartoPublishingUSA/?fref=ts

See the full list of 2016 Sketch Seminar sponsors here.




Our Sketch Seminar Crew

We thought that you may want to know who are the elves toiling in the background to bring you USk Chicago Sketch Seminar 2016. Here is our Sketch Seminar Planning team – everybody:

Adriana Gasparish – workshop instructor

Alex Zonis – planning coordinator, USk Global liason, Workshops team

Andrew Banks – workshop instructor, Sponsorship lead, Seminar Correspondent

Barbara Weeks – workshop instructor, Workshops team

Deirdre Fox – workshop instructor

Don Yang – workshop instructor, American Academy of Art representative

Donald Colley – workshop instructor

Ed Brickler – workshop instructor

Joan Stachnik – Registration team

Joann Sondy – workshop instructor

Jodie McGovern – workshop instructor

Joel Berman – workshop instructor, Hospitality team

Keelan Kaiser – workshop instructor

Kordt Larsen – Seminar Correspondent and videographer

Lisa Flahive – workshop instructor

Mark Jones – workshop instructor

Mary Russo – Registration lead, Communications team

Mary Longe – PR team, Hospitality team

Paul Ingold – Communications team, Seminar Correspondent

Peggy Condon – Registration team, Hospitality team

Rick Russo – Rick is Mary’s husband, he just helps with everything. Amazing!

Ted Gordon – workshop instructor

Wes Douglas – workshop instructor, PR lead, Seminar Correspondent

This all looks well organized and we try. In reality we juggle numerous jobs that sometimes can be categorized only as “something that needs to get done right now” and does not fit into any other defined category. Our Registrar Mary worked as our Editor-in-Chief and blogger! Our PR lead Wes produces the Seminar map. Several crew members from various areas  will be making gift bags for our participants.

We are looking forward to welcoming you on July 9 for two days of sketching, learning and fun!

Meet Our Instructors: Wes Douglas

wes-introWes has been the artist in residence for brainstorming sessions, business meetings, and TEDx conferences for the last eight years.  He also develops concept sketches for consumer testing and client presentations for the last 30 years.  He is co-founder and innovation director at the innovation consultancy, Maddock Douglas Inc., located in Elmhurst.

Wes became an Urban Sketcher in January 2013, but has been a sketcher his entire life.  He has sketched and created art in many types of media, and his favorite has always been markers and pen & ink.

According to Wes, sketching with markers is a passion of his, and he is continually amazed at the different effects that can be achieved with them.  In addition, marker clean up is as easy as clicking the caps back on.  He is excited to share all that he has learned, and is our instructor for the upcoming seminar workshop, Sketching With Markers for Beginners.

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