Thursday, April 2, 2015

Painting in Ischia Island, around Aragonese Castle.

IV° Naples Urban Sketching Workshop: Thursday 5 - Sunday 8, October 2015*
with Simo Capecchi and Caroline Peyron 
guest artist: Kelly Medford

in partnership with Associazione Amici di Gabriele Mattera

Painting in Ischia Island, around Aragonese Castle. In the footsteps of past and contemporary masters. In the fourth edition of our neapolitan workshop we move into the Gulf of Naples to reach Ischia island and one of its most fascinating places, the Aragonese Castle, a real retreat for painters that want to be inspired to observe and to create. This ancient fortress is located on a rocky little island, connected to the main island of Ischia through a bridge built in the fifteenth century. The fortified citadel was made as a defense against pirates and it was the main settlement of Ischia, hosting more than one thousand families, a dozen churches, a convent plus the fortress. Bombed several times, then abandoned and later used as a prison until 1860, the island with its buildings largely reduced in ruins was auctioned and bought by a private in 1912. 
Currently, the fortress itself is inaccessible but most of the other buildings, four churches and the convent has been restored and are used as a venue for exhibitions and hospitality, there is a restaurant, a café, vineyards, olive groves, cultivated fields, in addition to the headquarters of the European Institute of Restoration. The island is open to visitors all year round. From the top you can enjoy a 360 ° view on Ischia and over the Gulf of Naples.

This workshop offers the experience of living three days in a unique environment, to reach a state of flow and concentrate on drawing and painting, in contact with nature, surrounded by the sea and by the vestiges from the island history. Lodging in the old castle monastery, such a quiet environment where time passes slowly, will add a special charm to this experience. 
* Apply before May 31 to get a special discount on Il Monastero hotel rates! (see below).

In past centuries the Aragonese castle has been a favorite subject for countless artists traveling in Italy for their Grand Tour and landed in Ischia. Can we give new life to one of the most exploited views of the island? This will be the task dealt with Simo Capecchi, rediscovering and reinterpreting those classic views of the Aragonese Castle and searching for new compositions. 

Inside the Castle was born and lived Gabriele Mattera (1929-2005), established italian artist and son of the castle owner. We'll be introduced to his opera by his son Nicola, and we'll visit his studio inside the convent, where hundreds of his large oil paintings are preserved. Although he never represented  the castle or his panoramas while he gradually moved away from realism, his works do have a deep connection with the environment where they were made. With Caroline Peyron we will go on his footsteps and will paint plein air in the Castle gardens, observing nature details and fragments of architecture.

Participants will be guided by different approaches to location painting. Field sessions will be lead in turn by Simo Capecchi, an architect that likes to paint; Caroline Peyron, a French art teacher and artist based in Naples. Kelly Medford, an American plain air oil painter that lives in Rome, will demonstrates oil paintings technique.

Thanks to Franco Lancio for the workshop location idea, for his collaboration and for the graphics!

Mattera's studio today
Lodging: The Albergo il Monastero, located inside the Castello Aragonese of Ischia, will offer workshop participants a special - 20% discount on their low season rates, only for a double rooms option (we may help you to find a sketcher to share the room with) but, to get this offer you have to book the room before May 31. All rooms are facing south, there is no lift to 2 and 3 floor, a lift is connecting the sea level with the hotel located inside the Monastery on top of the island. Email the hotel for more details: ilmonastero(at) 
(mention the workshop in the object and add simo.capecchi(at)  in cc.
Workshop application is certainly possible after the end of May, but we cannot guarantee a room inside the castle and/or the same discount. You may find lodging by your own.

Gabriele Mattera painting in his studio, 1985.

Wednesday, October 7
5 pm - early check-in and welcome in Aragonese Castle for those who are already arrived
(workshop really start next morning)
Thursday, October 8 
10 am to 1 pm  Caroline Peyron: colored shadows in the castle, after Gabriele Mattera
2 to 5 pm  Simo Capecchi, in Grand Tour artists footsteps: from Pescatori's beach
Friday, October 9
9.30  to 12.30 am  Caroline Peyron, textures in the castle vegetables garden 
2 to 5 pm  Simo Capecchi, in Grand Tour artists footsteps: from Scogli Sant'Anna
Saturday, October 10 
9.30 to 12.30 am  Caroline Peyron: transparency, the sea floor seen from the Castle
2 to 5 pm  Simo Capecchi, an Aragonese Castle sketched itinerary
7pm: workshop final exhibit in Aragonese Castle, open to the public
Sunday, October 11 
9.30 to 12.30 am  Botanical sketching tour in Negombo garden (all instructors)
14 - rest of the day: open Sketchcrawl in Negombo thermal park, everyone invited.

Thanks to the Negombo Thermal Bath for their collaboration and hospitality
* Thursday/Friday and Saturday Kelly Medford will demonstrate oil painting technique.

More on the workshop. We'll also organize a boat tour around the castle island and bay to see and sketch the submerged ruins of ancient Aenaria settlement. There will be an exposition in an Art Gallery nearby the Castle where participants could exhibit their drawings and travel sketchbooks. We'll be hosted for one day to paint in Negombo, a botanical garden and thermal bath designed by Ermanno Casasco, famous landscape designer.

Oswal Achenbach, Ischia and its Castle, 1870. Haseltine William Stanley, Coastal Cliffs in Ischia, 1880.
Picturesque deconstructed with Simo Capecchi
The Aragonese castle has been a perfect subject for painters in the late eighteenth century and throughout the nineteenth century. It well corresponds to the aesthetic ideal of "picturesque" adopted at that time, when artists disregarded symmetry and perfect proportions, while focusing more on "accidental irregularity," and start traveling in search of ruins and savage landscapes. The contrast between the dramatic profile of the Aragonese Castle's cliff with its ancient churches and architectural ruins and the quiet atmosphere of the beach below, with swimmers and fishermen at work produced the desired “roughness and sudden variations, joined to irregularity of forms, colors, and lighting”.

In past images (etchings, watercolors and oils), the castle is represented mainly from a distance, as a background of the Pescatori's Beach or framed by Sant'Anna's rocks with the foreground filled with groups of fisherman and barefoot kids. Is it possible to deal with such a "picturesque" scenery in a contemporary manner? We will paint it from the same points of view, trying a deconstruction of a typical picturesque composition, each of us with our own sensitivity.
The Castle's island and its interiors on the contrary have almost never been represented: bombed by the British in the early nineteenth century and became a prison for most of the century, was inaccessible at the time of the Grand Tour. We will be the first to depict this varied microcosm, creating a sequence of drawings for a possible sketched guide/itinerary to the Castle, from the entrance by the sea level, to its highest point overlooking Naples Gulf, with its olive trees, vineyards, panoramas and ancient architectures.

Simonetta Capecchi completed her PhD degree at the University of Naples (Italy) in Architectural Drawing. She currently works as an illustrator. Since 2006, she has curated four editions of "In viaggio col taccuino", an exhibition on travel sketchbooks with conferences and workshops. A selection from this exhibition has been published in book form (Sguardi su Napoli, 2009). Simonetta's sketchbooks have been included in many international exhibitions and featured in edited collections such as Danny Gregory’s An illustrated life (2008). She contributes to Urban Sketchers from Naples, where she lives.  

Gabriele Mattera, Tende, 1985-1990

On Gabriele Mattera footsteps  with Caroline Peyron
We will work inspired by a cycle of paintings by Mattera from late '80, originated by the observation of light colored reflections and the changing forms taken by the curtains in his studio at the Aragonese castle. Deployed as large sails in the sun, or rewound through a system of cables, those tents still protect the studio from direct light. His son Nicola remembers when, as a child, helped the artist to shoot photos of sheets hung out to dry at different times of the day and night, studies that long after generated this series of paintings. In this operas there is a progressive abstraction, both in forms than in the use of the color itself, when the white of the tent breaks down into pure colors. An extreme synthesis that comes from a deep and "silent" observation of reality and well transmits the sense of suspended time that we perceive inside the castle. 
We'll dispose some sheets in various places of the castle garden, fixed on bamboo poles that grows on the spot, to work on the colorful vibrations that are created between the white tent and surrounding colors, using ink and oil pastels or collage. Another source of inspiration will be the rocks and marine vegetation as seen watching the sea from the top of the Castle terraces, which create interesting shapes, transparencies and color variations.


Caroline Peyron is a french artist living in Naples. Personal exhibitions of her works has been held in Naples at the Grenoble Institut Français, Biblioteca Nazionale, Castelnuovo and Museo Archeologico Nazionale; in Rome, at Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica and in Paris. She has been an art teacher and has held workshops for private schools and public institutions for over twenty years now. She has art classes with children, adolescents and adults both in private schools and in cultural institutions like Museo di Capodimonte and Museo Archeologico Nazionale of Naples. She is currently publishing her works with "Il filo di Partenope" art editions.

First steps in Oil Painting
Everyday there will be oil painting demos by guest artist Kelly Medford. Participants will be guided in turn to try this technique en plain air, divided in small groups, for a 3 hours session. 

Kelly Medford is an American working as a plein air painter and living in Rome since 2005. She has been painting and sketching out on the streets of Italy daily, as a way of getting to know the country, its people, history, culture and sights. In 2012 she started Sketching Rome Tours as a way to offer this experience to everyone. Web site:

Registration fee 
€ 240. To apply, email to: simo.capecchi(at)
Participants: max 30, min 12. Any level is welcome! This workshop is about sharing and getting a stronger motivation to paint and draw.

Supply list 
Any supplies participants normally use are fine. We'll use pen, ink, colored pencils, pastels, brush pens and watercolors. Ink, ink pens, colored pencils, glue, cutter for Caroline's workshop. A painting oil kit will be suggested later on by Kelly Medford. Sponsor to be announced.

See Naples Workshop past editions photos: 
2014 Collect the city
2013 Hidden Naples
2012 Panoramas, fragments and stories

Monday, March 30, 2015

USK: Sketching Richmond, Apr 17/18

Urban Sketchers } Sketching Richmond
Making Expressive Pen and Ink Drawings on Location

Space is limited to 15 students!
[Click here to Register]

Join sketching artist Marc Taro Holmes, author of The Urban Sketcher: Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location for a two day sketching workshop in Richmond VA, sponsored by Strathmore.

Learning Goals:

This workshop is accompanying Architecture Week at the Virginia Center for Architecture, and the ongoing exhibition Urban Sketchers: Sketch Virginia.

The primary goal for the workshop is to loosen up participant’s pen drawing, and encourage working rapidly, in a more relaxed style. Ultimately leading toward new skills with reportage and sketching from life.

We will be working primarily in black and white. Color materials are optional, at your preference.

Exercises focus on the very basics of urban sketching. That is, black and white pen-and-ink line, accented with brush pen.

It will be a unique opportunity to practice the fundamentals of urban sketching with a diverse group of artists.

Note: Participants will qualify for AIA Learning Units.

[Materials List Available Here]

Workshop Schedule:

Each day we will begin at the VCA and walk out from there.

Virginia Center for Architecture
2501 Monument Ave
Richmond, VA 23220
United States

Friday April 17

10 am - 1 pm: Plan for Spontaneity : Scribble and Refine

  • Exercise: Scribble and Refine: Architectural Portrait
  • Exercise: Scribble and Refine: Street View
  • Exercise: Using the Viewfinder, Speed Scribbles
  • Exercise: Final Sketch

Lunch Break: (bag lunch, or find a nearby location on your own)

2 - 5 pm: Direct to Ink : No Mistakes, No Regrets
  • Exercise: Single Line Drawing
  • Exercise: Cinq-à-Sept Drawing
  • Exercise: Silhouette Shapes in Tone
  • Exercise: Final Sketch: Line + Tone

Saturday April 18

10 am - 1 pm: Picture Making: Composition Templates

  • Exercise: Iteration on a Theme: Finding Pictures
  • Exercise: Finished Sketch or Composition Walking Tour
  • Exercise: Leading the Eye: Use of Darks
  • Exercise: The Big Finish: Panorama Sketching

Lunch Break: (bag lunch, or find a nearby location on your own)

2 - 5 pm: Public Sketchcrawl : Route TBA

Workshop Registration and Cost:

Registration fees to VCA are $US220. Click here for Online Registration.

About the Instructor:

Since 2009, Montreal based artist Marc Taro Holmes has been a correspondent and travelling workshop instructor for the international reportage artist collective 

Marc’s website is an ever growing journal of stories and images from his travels. Stop by and subscribe for free email updates from wherever Marc is today. You’ll find drawings and paintings done on location, reportage sketching of live events, step-by-step notes on technique, reviews of art materials, and news about the wide world of location sketching. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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

This workshop just sold out.  If you are interested in upcoming Line to Color Workshops or being on a wait list Contact Gail Wong via the following email address gail(at)glwarc(dot)com.

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. 

We will start with a Friday evening keynote presentation at the AIA Orange County office with pizza, beer, and wine. Keynote topics will cover perspective, composition, the process of developing a sketch, and approaches to adding watercolor and value. Ideas introduced in this session will be demonstrated on site and practiced in the following sessions with one-on one-help from Frank and Gail.

Sketching sessions will start on Saturday morning, at a Mission San Juan Capistrano, with two small groups working simultaneously. Each group will have the opportunity to work with both Frank and Gail. Frank will focus on line drawing as the basis for a sketch, considering the selection of a point of view, and establishing the basic perspective structure for a drawing. Gail will focus on the application of color to the sketch, introducing watercolor and brush techniques and adding value and color to capture the quality of light, enhance the sense of spatial depth, and accent the focal point of your sketch.

  On Sunday, we will apply the approaches you learned on Saturday, with Frank and Gail being available for more one-on-one consultations with workshop participants.  We will first start at Lumberyard Mall or Crystal Cove Cottages at Laguna Beach and then move to the Fun Zone at Balboa Beach.

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

Workshop Schedule:

Friday May 1, 2015

Location:  AIA Orange County office
                 4100 Birch, Suite 300
                 Newport Beach, CA 92660

6:00–-8:00 pm Dinner, Meet and Greet, Keynote Presentations

Saturday May 2, 2015

Location: Mission San Juan Capistrano 

9:00 am–12:00 pm:
Group A, demo composition and perspective structure, followed by directed exercises;
Group B, demo watercolor values, colors, and approaches followed by directed exercises

12:00–12:30 pm: Review

12:30–1:30 pm: Lunch Break on your own

1:30–4:30 pm: Group A, demo watercolor values, colors, and approaches followed by directed exercises;
Group B, demo composition and perspective structure, followed by directed exercises

4:30–5:00 pm: Review


Sunday May 3rd, 2015

Morning Session: Lumberyard Mall or Crystal Cove Historic Beach Cottages
8:30 am–11:30 am: Sketch time applying what you have learned, (one on one help from Frank and Gail)

11:30 am–12:00 pm: Review
12:00–1:00 pm: Brown Bag Picnic Lunch Break
Afternoon Sketch Crawl: Balboa Fun Zone

1:00–3:00 pm: Sketch Crawl Balboa Fun Zone

3:00–3:30 pm: Gallery, group photo and final remarks

Workshop Registration and Cost:
Price for workshop $220.00.
Cost includes entrance fee to San Juan Capistrano Mission and Friday Keynote Pizza party.
Orange County AIA will be sponsoring  Pizza and beer at Friday Keynote presentation.

Contact  for registration forms and space availability.
Send check and registration forms to
Gail Wong, 2609 East Garfield St., Seattle, WA 98112

Contact Gail for Paypal link.

Out-of-country Participants can pay via Pay Pal in US Dollars and email registration forms.

Maximum number of Participants 26 (minimum 18)
All levels welcome

Registration Deadlines:

Registration and payment due by April 3, 2015.

Cancellation Policy:

In the event of too few registrations, all monies will be refunded less Pay Pal Fees (If paying by Paypal)
. We are only able to provide refunds for participant cancellations up to April 17, 2015 with a cancellation fee of $35.00.  No refunds for cancellations after that date.

About the Instructors:

Frank Ching is Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, having recently retired after over 35 years of teaching. He is the author of numerous books on architecture and design, all published by John Wiley & Sons. His works have been translated into over sixteen languages and are regarded as classics for their renowned graphic presentations. Awards that Professor Ching has received include the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Design from The Nottingham Trent University; an AIA Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement; and a National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. You can see Frank’s work on the Seattle Urban Sketchers blog at and on his blog at


Gail Wong is currently a part-time Lecturer at University of Washington and has taught design drawing and sketching for 20+ years. She was teaching under the leadership of Frank Ching for 16 years prior to his retirement. She is also a licensed and practicing architect in the State Washington focusing on residential design as well as architectural illustration. She is one of the blog administrators/coordinators for the Seattle Urban Sketchers and a blog correspondent on the Urban Sketchers Blog.  She is also on the Urban Sketchers Workshop Committee. Her work is posted on the Urban Sketchers Blog
Seattle Urban Sketchers Blog

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sketch-it-On: Miami

About the workshops
The proposal consists of three modules or workshops to be held for 3 weekends.
Participants can choose to enroll in one of the modules or take the full course.
The course is designed to meet the basic needs of an urban artist.
The first and second module are basic for all participants, no previous experience is required. The third module is intended for artists with intermediate experience.

How to set a point of view
Location: Lincoln Road
March 27-29
Workshop description:
One of the biggest challenges in a sketch is the drawing's composition. The balance and harmony between shapes and objects are vital.
To achieve the harmonious composition we are looking for we need to know to establish interesting points of views.
The essence of the composition is that all parties should be in a particular place or position and play the role that corresponds favoring them all.
It is almost impossible to prescribe specific rules that allow someone to compose. However, there are simple laws that guide available for an artist manages to be able to create an interesting composition
We will develop the basics to create engaging and thoughtful compositions, starting with thumbnail type schemes. (Frame-work-­figure­-ground, composition and management, framing from the point of view, background vs foreground, an unusual point of view)
Learning goals:
  • The participant can create harmonious compositions in their sketch
  • Be able to know how to use the compositional tools and apply them to their drawings on location
  • You can make sketch with novel and interesting points of view

Maximum number of participants: 35 (all levels of experience)
Minimum number of participants: 15 (Workshop is cancelled unless this number of participants signs up)
Supply list
We do not need a very sophisticated but only that with which you feel comfortable. Basically a feather ballpoint pen of ink, 2B, 4B and 8B pencils and a set of watercolors. Also colored pencils if you prefer
Sponsorship: Stillman & Birn One sketchbook (Gamma Series for all medias) per participant

How to draw entourage in watercolors
Location: South Beach (Beach side park- Art Deco)
April  3-5

Workshop description:
This module focuses on the art of watercolor and especially in working the organic aspect of urban sketch: vegetation, water, integrated into the city landscape, people and architecture style.
It is important to know how to build a sketch and make it alive by integrating the above organic elements. The cities are not empty, have life, color and energy. So we will work with watercolors and learn how to draw these elements quickly and conveniently.
On the other hand, develop exercises where we apply the technique of the 3 colors, creating interesting harmonies without having to record each color found on the site.
The location chosen consists of two components: the beach, the sea, with its palm trees characteristics, people and houses. And the urban area of Art Deco architecture its interesting to working the architecture style and details.
Learning goals:
  • You can draw a sketch level organic elements in various techniques, especially watercolor
  • You will be able to integrate these elements into an urban scene
  • You can draw an urban scene from organic elements.
  • Work on the basics of color and the intelligent use of pallets.
  • You can draw architectural details using Art Decó like reference
Workshop location
South Beach (Beach side park- Art Deco)
Maximum number of participants: 35 (all levels of experience)
Minimum number of participants: 15 (Workshop is cancelled unless this number of participants signs up)
Supply list
We do not need a very sophisticated but only that with which you feel comfortable. Basically a feather ballpoint pen of ink, 2B, 4B and 8B pencils and
A good set of watercolors. Paper to watercolor, block or sketchbook. We need some extra paper to develop the first exercise. Brush for watercolor, 10 to 12.

How to draw with non waterproof ink and watercolors
Location: New World Symphony
April  10-12


Workshop description:
Pens with non-waterproof ink can be an interesting and essential to dominate when we do sketching. Often it is believed that we should use permanent ink before the watercolor, however, non-waterproof ink enhance the richness of the work and can create very interesting artistic effects.
• The line softens and avoids hardness and rigidity.
• Produce fluency and freshness in the drawings.
• When using fine-tipped pens can we control the outflow of ink and avoid losing our
• The tone of the ink (slightly purple, depending on the type of ink) creates a special
• We can simply use water to produce depth or contrast in our work without other
• We work with graphics (stripes and patterns) in combination with stains (water
• Can be used variety of ink colors (brown, blue, black) to recreate special
• This technique is recommended for stroke atmosphere when it makes contact with watercolor. color. touches or watercolor) atmospheres.
o quick sketches and expressive (only need pen and brush with water)
o Mid drawings preparation (when working with limited watercolor palette, using
between one and even three colors) and
o complex drawings (using a watercolor palette beyond)
Workshop location
New World Symphony (Frank Gehry)
Learning goals:
The Participants:
• Will acquire the skill to control the dynamic ink line when applying water or watercolor.
• Will use the dynamic ink to enhance the contrast and recreate the atmosphere of the site.
• Apply this technique in a quick sketch and ink with water only, the second using two or three colors and a third drawing more complex.

Maximun number of participants: 35 (intermedium of experience)
Minimum number of participants: 15 (Workshop is cancelled unless this number of participants signs up)
Supplie list
  • Pen Rotring Art Pen F, Lamy F or similar.
  • Ink black, brown or blue. (or all three)
  • Paper notebook that supports watercolor, but with little roughness. Rather a  bit smoother. The Stillman & Birn sketchbook is especially functional for both ink and watercolor washes.
  • Fibre Marker water supportable 0.1 and 0.2Brush water.
  • Watercolors Set

Workshop Schedule M1, M2 and M3
Meeting point
General welcome, Introduction and groups and Presentation and first exercise 60 min
  • Introduction, theory and demonstration of the technique 20 min
  • Working indoor
  • Exhibition, group feedback and final closure
On location
  • Introduction to the site. Historical and visual tour and Approach
  • Theory and demonstration of the technique
  • Exercise 1 and 2
  • Exhibition, group feedback and final closure 15 min
Meeting point
General presentation. Explanation, How to draw.
On location
  • Exercise 1, 2 and 3
  • Feedback and expo
Meeting point
Theory and demonstration of the technique to the final day
On location
In location Exercise 1, 2 and 3
Meeting point
Final feedback and expo

Sponsorship: Stillman & Birn One sketchbook (Gamma Series for all medias) per participant in all of the 3 modules.
Registration fee: US$285 per module. Online registration or bank transfer.
If you prefer to do all of the Sketch-it-On: Miami workshops pay 2x1 (US$500 for 3 workshops)
C. (561) 294 0798
Cancellation Policy:
All fees are fully refundable if cancelled prior to:
16 March 2015 (M1),23 March 2015(M2) and  30 March 2015(M3).
If you cancelled after:
16 March (M1), 23 March 2015 (M1), 30 March a $120.00 USD cancellation fee will be retained.
The event will take place with a minimum of 15 participants. In case of cancellation 100% of the payment made will be refunded.

About the instructor:
Mexican-born architect and educator currently teaching at the School of Architecture of the University of Buenos Aires. He is the founder and director of Taller Perspective, and also taught at the Society of Architects and other professional associations. He has taught in Mexico City, Lisbon-Portugal, Barcelona-Spain, Bogotá-Col, Santiago de Chile, Paraty-Brazil, Argentina and Singapure (july 2015)
Recently the Fundacio Enric Miralles invited him to collaborate with their academic interchange in the experimental workshops at 2014-15 in Barcelona, Spain and in the program of posgrado in the Faculty of Architecture in the UBA Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He specializes in the architecture design (analog-digital media) and concept drawings for the advertising industry.
Dorantes’ work has been recognized in several competitions in architecture and drawing. His works are in exhibited in Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina.

“I have been professor since 1988. I taught perspective, watercolours and representation techniques at the National University of Mexico and in the University Motolinia Pedregal in Mexico city between 1988-1993 (out door and indoor classes).
At present my teaching experience is focused on the architectural projects in the University of Buenos Aires and drawing by hand, in societies of architects and in my own workshop Taller Perspectiva
I teach drawing on-site in courses and outdoor workshops, such "en plein air" (historical lecture and workshop drawings)
In my workshops attended by professionals and students of architecture, interior design, set designers, publishers and artists in general”

Event coordinator:
Although Climaco Cardenas brings more than 25 years of Design experience in the fields of Architecture, Urban, Interior and production design to Sketch-it-on, his Postgraduate Studies in the University of Pennsylvania in Architecture and City Planning formed him as an urban scholar, researcher and thinker at heart.  Climaco states: “Cities and Urban settlements are the physical expressions of cultural, political, economic, environmental and artistic intentions, ambitions and desires of the human creative power over time. The City must be studied historically and experienced and detailed through observation, analysis and drawing.”
He will be responsible for the tour and historical information of the city and locations visited during the workshops. As well as facilitating all event details on the ground in Miami.
Climaco currently works in his own practice Metrika Design, located in Palm Beach Florida. An architecture and planning firm working in the residential, urban, commercial and event production space. In the past, Climaco worked for the City Planning Department of Bogota as assistant to the director and was consultant to the Local government of the City of Cota for an Industrial Zone. In working with the Coffee Federation in Colombia as Technical Coordinator he managed the Taller de las Americas for famed Barcelona architect Ricardo Bofill.
He is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese.