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

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