Thursday, January 14, 2016

GOOD BONES | USk Sketching Workshop May 13-15, 2016

GOOD BONES  | USk Sketching Workshop 
May 13-14 + 15, 2016

Architectural perspective and watercolor sketching workshop with Stephanie Bower
at Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington USA

Workshop description:

Good sketches start with Good Bones! In this workshop, you’ll learn how to set up the bones of a great architectural sketch, starting with a practical understanding of perspective and finishing up with an intro to watercolor tools and techniques. And on Sunday, we’ll get to join the Seattle Urban Sketchers for their monthly Sketchcrawl. 

Learning goals:

Held at the iconic Pike Place Market in the heart of Seattle, this workshop offers a true instructional class on sketching. On Friday and Saturday mornings, we’ll work indoors from PowerPoint lessons that introduce you to perspective concepts and the basic process for creating a sketch.  In the afternoon, you’ll learn how to apply the morning’s concepts to on location sketching in downtown Seattle.

On day three, you’ll have the opportunity to put everything together when we join the Seattle Urban Sketchers’ monthly Sketchcrawl!

            Good Bones| Day 1 | May 13:  Perspective
·       Learn perspective basics and a simple step-by-step process to construct an architectural perspective sketch, how to build the sketch in layers
·       Learn what to look for when sketching perspective on location—how to find your eye level and VP’s
·       Learn how to measure proportions and relationships of spatial elements

            Good Bones | Day 2 | May 14:  Perspective + Watercolor
·       Introduction to basic watercolor tools and techniques, using a simple triad of colors
·       Learn how to use watercolor to enhance the sense of space in your sketches

            Good Bones | Day 3 | May 15: Sketchcrawl, half day
·       Put your new knowledge into practice by joining the monthly Seattle USk sketching group on Sunday morning  

Workshop Instructor:

STEPHANIE BOWER is a Seattle-based architect, architectural illustrator, teacher, watercolor painter, 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--for a decade in NYC at Parsons, in Seattle at UW and Cornish College of the Arts, at the 2014 Urban Sketchers International Symposium in Paraty, Brazil, and a lecture on perspective at the USk Singapore symposium. 

Stephanie is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society. In both 2013 & 2012, she was honored with the prestigious KRob award for Best Travel Sketch, in 2013 she received the Gabriel Prize fellowship for 3 months of sketching in France, and the following year was awarded the NIAUSI 2014 fellowship for a 2-month project in Italy. 

Stephanie teaches “Perspective for Sketchers” online at, and is the author of the forthcoming book The Urban Sketching Handbook: Understanding Perspective.   

            Architectural Illustration Website:

Workshop Schedule: 

            Morning INDOOR SKETCHING
            8:30 arrive at the Pike Place Market meeting rooms, coffee
            9:00-12:00 instruction and sketching
            12:00-1:00 lunch break in The Market
            Afternoon OUTDOOR SKETCHING downtown
            1:00-2:30 sketch together as a group
            2:30-3:30 sketch on your own or together with assistance
            3:30-4:00 assemble for final crit and review

            10:00-12:30  You have the opportunity to put it all together by sketching alongside 
                     Seattle Urban Sketchers, location to be determined
            12:30-1:00 meet Seattle sketchers and review sketches!
            No charge for this day, of course, as sketching with Urban Sketchers is free and
            open to all!  We can arrange carpools to the location if necessary.

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

Workshop fee:

$200 for 2 full days of instruction, in classroom and on location.  Sketchbook will be provided to all participants.
Payable in full by check to “Stephanie Bower, Architectural Illustration” by April 15, 2016.
Mail to:
            Stephanie Bower, Architectural Illustration
            2411 9th Ave. W.
            Seattle, WA  98119

Contact Stephanie ASAP at to reserve a spot.  First come, first served.  Waiting list will be created.

Cancellation policy:
In the unforeseen event the workshop is cancelled, all fees will be reimbursed.
If you have to cancel your participation,
            up to one month before, all fees reimbursed.
            up to two weeks before workshop, 50% fee reimbursed.
            less that two weeks before the workshop, 10% of workshop fee reimbursed.

Number of participants: 12 min - 15 max

Good Bones is open to any level of experience, but targeted to beginners and sketchers who want to improve their basic sketching and understanding of perspective and watercolor.

Thanks for your interest in Urban Sketchers workshops!


  1. Oh, how I've wanted this type of workshop. I'll start saving now.

    1. Hi KaCe,
      thanks so much...if you are interested, let me know ASAP!!

  2. Hi Stephanie!
    I would love to come. It just might happen if everything falls into place.
    I am very new to urban sketching, but I feel like I have found my clan.
    I love your sketches and am very inspired by you!!��☺️

    1. Hi Shirley,
      I hope it works out for your to join the workshop...I know what you mean about finding your clan !! :)

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