Sunday, December 1, 2013

Good Bones Workshop in Seattle WA USA

A USk architectural perspective sketching workshop in 3 parts, 
with award-winning Seattle Urban Sketcher Stephanie Bower

Good Bones 1 – Saturday, February 1:  Perspective
Good Bones 2 – Saturday, February 15:  Perspective + Line and Tone
Good Bones 3 – Saturday, March 1:  Perspective + Line and Tone + Watercolor

at Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington USA

Workshop description:
Good Bones are essential to good sketches!  In a series of three Saturday classes, we’ll cover how to set up the bones of an great architectural sketch, starting with a thorough understanding of architectural perspective, followed by using effective line and tone, and finishing up with an intro to watercolor tools and techniques.  Sign up for one or for all three.

Learning goals:
This workshop will be a true instructional class, based on how I learned to draw in architecture school and how I have taught drawing for many years.

Held at the iconic Pike Place Market--the heart of Seattle--we’ll work inside in the morning in the Goodwin Library meeting room, learning perspective basics by sketching from projected images of buildings and spaces around the world.  In the afternoon, we’ll transition to sketching perspective in the field, to capture the vibrant life and color of the market.

Good Bones 1, February 1:  Perspective
--learn how to construct an architectural perspective sketch, how to start, how to build the sketch
--learn how to really understand and use perspective accurately and effectively
--learn how to see proportions and relationships of spatial elements

Good Bones 2, February 15:  Perspective + Line and Tone
--review of perspective
--learn how to use line and tone effectively, shade and shadow, 5 minute people/trees/cars

Good Bones 3, March 1:  Perspective + Line and Tone + Watercolor
--review of perspective, line + tone
--introduction to watercolor tools and techniques

Workshop Instructor:
Honored with the 2013 and 2012 KRob for Best Travel Sketch and the 2013 Gabriel Prize fellowship for 3 months in France, STEPHANIE BOWER is a Seattle-based architectural illustrator, teacher, watercolorist, and traveling Urban Sketcher.

Stephanie graduated in both Architecture and Interior Design and worked as a licensed Architect in New York City before gravitating to architectural illustration. She has taught architectural sketching for over 20 years, both in NYC at Parsons and in Seattle at UW and Cornish College of the Arts, where she currently teaches Drawing Space. Stephanie recently qualified to be signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society.          
            Architectural Illustration Website:

This sketch of the Paris Hôtel de Ville was honored with the 
2013 KRob award for Best Professional Travel Sketch.
Drawn on site at Fatehpur Sikri, near Agra, India, this was 
awarded the 2012 KRob for Best Professional Travel Sketch.
Workshop Schedule: 
            Morning INDOOR SKETCHING (winter in Seattle!)
            8:30 arrive at the Goodwin Library in Pike Place Market, coffee from the original Starbucks
            9:00-12:30 instruction and sketching
            12:30-1:30 lunch break in The Market, sketching
            Afternoon OUTDOOR FIELD SKETCHING
            1:30-2:30 sketch together as a group
            2:30-4:00 sketch on your own or together, with assistance from instructor
            4:00-5:00 assemble for final crit and review

Supply list: 
Instructor will email supply list to registered participants.

Workshop fee:
One workshop, $80
All three workshops, $220
Payable in full by check to “Stephanie Bower” one-month prior to workshop
(January 1, January 15, February 1).

Contact Stephanie ASAP at to reserve a spot.  Wait list will be created.

Cancellation policy:
In the unforeseen event a workshop is cancelled, all fees will be reimbursed.

Maximum number of participants:
12, any level of experience, but targeted to beginners and sketchers who want to improve their understanding and use of perspective.

Sample Sketches:
to see many more examples of Stephanie's work, go to for illustrations and links.

Thanks to Urban Sketchers for this support!


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