Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Port City Sketching Workshop in Savannah, GA

Urban Sketchers and the Telfair Museum are hosting a sketching workshop, sketch walk, and sketchbook giveaway sponsored by Canson. The workshop, taught by Urban Sketcher Jim Richards, takes place Saturday, October 4th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and will continue with the Port City Sketch Walk from 3:00 to 6:00 PM that same day. The Sketch Walk is free and open to the public.

February 2014 Savannah Sketch Crawl from Savannah Now

Savannah is renowned for its squares, river, and downtown streets as settings for the city’s rich public life. The focus of this workshop is outdoor spaces—the public realm—that act as the connective tissue between buildings, where the life of great towns and cities takes place. Here, great architecture acts as the backdrop of a stage set, and the “players” in the space—people in motion, vehicles, street furnishings, trees, birds—act in concert to bring life and energy to the scene. How can this exuberance and “personality of place” be captured in a sketch without creating a hopeless mess?

The goals of this workshop include:
  • Understanding a successful public space from an urban design perspective in terms of individual elements, their relationships to each other, and how they collectively convey a “personality of place.”
  • Editing a scene—choosing what to emphasize and what to leave out—to consciously simplify and communicate our impression in a strong composition.
  • Creating a sense of realism and depth through use of perspective, overlapping, diminishing figure size, the “fading out” of detail in the foreground.
  • Simplifying complex elements by seeking to capture their visual texture rather than literal details
  • Exploring a Cubist approach of walking around a subject, looking at it from all sides, and showing many facets of it in the same picture.
  • Developing confidence with short exercises and “drawing with abandon.”

Registration Details:
Saturday October 4th, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Cost $50 for Telfair Museum members, $65 for non-members
Each participant will receive a free Canson sketchbook

Canson is sponsoring the Port City Sketching Workshop and Sketch Crawl

About the Instructor:
Fort Worth, Texas, USA

James Richards grew up in and around New Orleans and now lives in Fort Worth. He is the author of Freehand Drawing and Discovery: Urban Sketching and Concept Drawing for Designers, published by John Wiley & Sons, and his work has been featured in design publications around the world. Professionally, Jim is a national award-winning urban designer, writer and illustrator, and is an Associate Professor teaching design and drawing in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a correspondent for USk’s international blog, and founded Urban Sketchers Texas. Jim travels globally promoting the “Freehand Renaissance” through sketching workshops and conference speaking; he has drawn great urban places in 36 countries around the world.

James Richards' book Freehand Drawing and Discovery


  1. I'm signed up and excited that Jim is coming! Savannah is a beautiful city with a lifetime of charming vignette's waiting to be sketched!

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