Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Line to Color Workshop In Seattle with Frank Ching and Gail Wong

Like any building, a sketch needs a good foundation.   In this intensive workshop, architectural drawing instructors Frank Ching and Gail Wong 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. This workshop will occur over a 3 day period meeting at various historic locations in Seattle and will consist of 4-3.5-hour sessions starting Friday evening and ending Sunday early afternoon.

We will start with a Friday evening sketch outing in Ballard’s historic district, then meet for dinner and a keynote presentation at the Ethan Stowell’s Ballard Pizza Company restaurant.  Keynote topics will cover, perspective, composition, process in developing the sketch, approaches to 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.

Saturday morning meet at Gas Works Park. This session will focus on line drawing as the base of the sketch.  We will start by  considering the  selection of a point of view and establishing a basic structure  for a drawing. The afternoon session will build on the morning’s work and add value and color to capture the quality of light, enhance the sense of spatial depth and accent the focal point of your sketch.
Sunday apply approaches you learned on Saturday. Gail and Frank will be available for more one-on-one consultations with workshop participants.  We will join the Seattle Urban Sketchers for this sketch outing..location to be determined.  Frank and Gail will be available to give you advice and  individual help.

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. Values the key to spatial depth:  Seeing  and using tonal values to create depth and         capture the quality of light.
    5. Strategies to applying color and limiting your palette. 

Workshop Schedule:
Friday May 17, 2013
Location: Historic Ballard- Meet in front of the Ballard Pizza Co.
5107 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
6:30-8:00 pm sketch outing Historic Ballard
8:00-10:00 pm Dinner Meet and Greet, Keynote Presentation

Saturday May 18, 2013
Location: Gas Works Park and Fremont                                                                                                                                                                
9:00 am- 12:00 pm:  Demo composition, perspective approach, and directed sketching exercises.
12:00-12:30 pm: Review
12:30-1:30 pm:  Lunch Break  on your own in Fremont
1:30-4:30 pm: Watercolor Demo values, color and watercolor approaches directed exercises
4:30-5:00 pm: Review

Sunday May 19th, 2013
Location TBD:  Pioneer Square or Pike Place Market
9:30 am–12:30 pm:  Free sketch time applying what you learn, with help from Frank and Gail
12:30 pm-1:00 pm :  Sketch exhibition/sharing sketchbooks

Maximum number of Participants 25 (minimum 15)
All levels welcome

Workshop Registration and Cost:
$200.00 US via Check  mailed to Gail Wong 2609 East Garfield St. Seattle, WA 98112
Cost includes dinner at Ballard Pizza Co.  (Drinks on your own)   
Out of Country Participants can pay via Pay Pal.  We prefer check if you are from the U.S.

Contact gail@glwarc.com if you are interested in registering.
See links below for workshop registration forms and additional information.

Cancellation Policy:
In the event of too few registrations, all monies will be refunded less PayPal Fees.
If participant cancels, a $25.00 cancellation fee will be assessed.
No refunds if cancelled with in 7 days of the workshop date.

Registration Deadline: 
May 7, 2013

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; a Citation for Excellence in International Architecture Book     Publishing; 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 http://seattle.urbansketchers.org/ 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 the blog administrator/coordinator for the Seattle Urban Sketchers and on the Urbansketchers Workshop Committee. Her work is posted on Seattle Urban     Sketchers at http://seattle.urbansketchers.org/ and on her own blog http://glwsketchworks.blogspot.com/.

Contact Gail Wong before purchasing to see if there are any spots available.

Visit Seattle.org  for places to stay.  University District will be the closest area to our sketch sites for Saturday.  


  1. Any chance you ever do workshops on the East Coast?

  2. Hi Bob and Rosemary.
    There are many instructors that could be interest in planning a workshop in your city if there is a group interest in hosting one of our workshops. I just posted a new workshop to be held in Montreal in August 2-3, that's the closest one to the east coast we have right now .

    If there is a particular workshop that you would like to bring to your hometown let us know and we'll see what we can do. Thanks for your interest.

    Orling Dominguez
    Workshop Program Coordinator.

  3. Los Angeles is a pretty big city with a LOT of artists. Will there be any workshops in LA? Just curious...

  4. great post
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