Saturday, April 28, 2012

Portland OR Weekend Workshop: Aug 3.4.5 - 2012

An workshop with Marc Taro Holmes and Shari Blaukopf

August 3rd, 4th, 5th, 2012,  9:00am - 4:30pm daily

Join Urban Sketchers Montreal founding members Marc Taro Holmes and Shari Blaukopf for a weekend of drawing and painting in the streets of Portland Oregon. 

The workshop focuses on capturing the environment around you in watercolor sketches. We emphasize working quickly, and making well designed compositions that tell a story.

Our demonstrations will show how to reduce a complex scene to its essence. We’ll show the use of unified shapes, how to create a center of interest with composition, contrast and color, and at the same time preserve the whites of the paper and mix lively washes of rich color.

Students will work in small groups with each of our experienced plein air watercolorists. Over Friday and Saturday you’ll have the opportunity to paint along with four complete watercolor demonstrations of different compositions and locations.

On Sunday students can apply what they’ve learned on free sketching, with Marc and Shari giving individual assistance. At the end of the day we’ll meet to show off sketches, spend time giving critique and answering questions.

We’ll announce the specific painting locations in Portland in the next few weeks. Our goal is to plan out spots within a small walking area.

In the unlikely event of bad weather we will make arrangements for groups to work indoors. If this looks like it’s necessary we’ll announce plans in the final week before the event.

There are only 30 spaces available, so act now to book your weekend of Urban Sketching in Watercolor!

TO REGISTER: Please contact sblaukopf(at)
Fee for workshop: $300 CDN, via PayPal.

We are only able to provide refunds for cancellation up to July 13th. In the unlikely event of too few registrations (our minimum number is 16 students), all monies will be fully refunded, less minor PayPal fees.

About the instructors:

Marc Holmes and Shari Blaukopf are founding members of Urban Sketchers Montreal.


Canadian artist Marc Taro Holmes (BFA ’96) has worked as an Art Director and Conceptual Artist in feature animation and video games since 1998. He has helped design projects for companies such as Electronic Arts and Disney. Since 2010 he has been working out of his own studio in Montreal Quebec doing urban sketching, fine art and freelance concept art. Marc is a Urban board member and was a USK San Francisco blog correspondent for three years, before moving to Montreal.

Marc posts his art at:


A graphic designer, illustrator, educator and daily sketch blogger, Montreal-based Shari Blaukopf has been painting and teaching watercolor for many years. In fact, she began taking workshops at the age of 12 and has subsequently painted and drawn her way across several European countries and parts of North America. Her recent discovery of Urban Sketchers was a transformative experience, enabling her to connect with a worldwide community, discovering fresh perspectives on the urban experience and reinvigorating her work. Shari helped establish Urban Sketchers Montreal, and is an active participant in the USK Flickr group.

Shari posts art daily at:

Sunday, April 22, 2012

A sketchwalk in Naples

A video made during the last sketchwalk that I organized in Naples with some friends, following the steps of the British painter Thomas Jones. Even if in italian, it can give you an idea of the city and of some location we'll explore in our next neapoletan workshop. This city is unpredictable. Walking and sketching, you always descover something.

*I got the frame idea from Catarina França and Luis Ança at Lisbon Symposium, where they gave one to each participant of Pessoas village workshop.