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  • Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 14:34
    urbansketchers

    Symposium speaker Ruth Rosengarten has posted a link to her lecture on her blog. You can find it here.

     

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  • Friday, July 29, 2011 - 22:34
    urbansketchers

    Don't forget to send your sketches for the book to eduardosalavisa@gmail.com before August 6!

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  • Friday, July 29, 2011 - 10:47
    iwert

    Hello,
    I've uploaded eight little movies I made featuring several urban sketchers while sketching, coloring, drawing, explaining & enjoying the event @ http://www.youtube.com/user/iwertbcz

    Feel free to look & share!
    It really was a very enriching event and I enjoyed the company of you all, the free spirit and the open and very diverse views onto drawing.

    A big thank you to everybody who made this possible!

    Iwert

    exploring Chiado with Frank Ching and Pedro Cabral

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    film, video
  • Friday, July 29, 2011 - 08:28
    Monica Cid

    Hi everyone!! :)

    Just want to thank you all for having made this Symposium in Lisbon an unforgettable event!!! A very special thanks to those on the organization team, excellent work!!!
    And apart from having enjoyed drawing in the streets of Lisbon, my heart is warmth with the experience of having met wonderful people and having this opportunity to draw together!!!

    On the last day, in Praça do Comércio, I sat with Jacek and his wonderful wife, Kasia, we chatted and drew together experimenting on capturing a sense of the square in a very quick sketch (drawing below).

    My best to all of you and hopefully we meet again in another sketching event!!! :)

    Monica

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  • Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 12:39
    joaocpp


     


    Big hug for everyone.

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  • Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 15:33
    Karina Kuschnir

    Olá a todos,
    segue link para meu Picasa Web Public Albuns onde vocês poderão encontrar 9 álbuns de fotos do Symposium. Foi maravilhoso!
    Se quiserem alguma foto em melhor resolução, me escrevam para karinakuschnir[at]gmail.com
    abraços, K

    https://picasaweb.google.com/karinakuschnir/

    Hello everyone,
    Here it goes the link to my Public Picasa Web Albums where you can find 9 albums of the Symposium events. It was wonderful!
    If you want any picture in higher resolution, e-mail me karinakuschnir[at]gmail.com
    cheers, K

    https://picasaweb.google.com/karinakuschnir/

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  • Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 10:41
    Pedro Fernandes

    Hi,

    thought it would be useful to have the media coverage (well, the videos at least) of the symposium gathered. They are in Portuguese (with bits in English and Spanish - hourrah for subtitling!) -- here are three:

    RR

    http://rr.sapo.pt/multimedia_video.aspx?fid=167&fileid=318650

    TVI

    http://www.tvi24.iol.pt/videos/video/13461132

    RTP

    http://ww1.rtp.pt/noticias/?t=Movimento-dos-desenhadores-urbanos-retrata...

    There might be more but these are the ones I have found so far.

    ~

    On another note, it is so weird walking in the centre of Lisbon now. I keep expecting to see you all sketching on one corner, plaza or alley. Feels like you are all still here, and the frustrating bit is that I just cannot find you.

    To some extent, you are all part of this city now (even if just in my head). Thank you all for coming and making this happen. It was a wonderful event -- and a wonderful sight, the Terreiro do Paço covered with/by c.300 sketchers.

    We'll be sketching together soon somewhere, somehow.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOtAfLvhSZo
    (not my favourite, but it somehow does apply)

    All the best,
    Pedro

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  • Monday, July 25, 2011 - 14:01
    Filipe Leal de Faria

    Workshop script:
    The workshop focuses on two main themes of drawing as a discipline; observation and the physical act of sketching. On one hand we’ll be talking about some aspects of seeing what’s around in an operative way, regarding the possibilities that the different conditions (from weather to materials) may offer the sketcher. On the other hand there’ll be demonstrations of drawing on location, with some advice from the instructors’ experience.
    By doing the proposed exercises the sketcher will practise some of the issues discussed.

    A few notes on observation:
    a)Drawing is an ability that can be taught and learnt. Drawing well is seeing well.
    b)A Sketch is an abstraction of vision and thought, has its origin in the mind, in our reactions to the world, not in the visual world in itself. It’s not a transparent translation of thought in form, but a mean that influences thought as much as the latter influences the sketch.
    c)The issue is not if nature really looks like these graphic devices (points, lines, stains) but if the images they form suggest a reading in terms of natural objects. Analogies are understood in their relations between entities not from the entities in themselves.
    d)Any live drawing requires that you believe in what you see, not to see what you believe.
    e)Image most of all is a stimulus to visual imagination; it needs completion to be fully understood. What is drawn is as important as what isn’t.
    f)All drawings owe other drawings as much as to direct observation.
    Three exercises
    Exercise 1: Sketch transitory themes (clouds, cars/people/animals in motion, treetops, etc.) (15 to 20 min.)
    Exercise 2: Choose a theme for a quick sketch (5 min.)
    Sketch it with the other hand (5 min.)
    Exercise 3: Draw a theme in which two or more elements are related and one can read the objects trough their relation. (5 min.)
    Bibliography:
    -Edwards, Betty; The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain – A course in enhancing creativity and Artistic confidence; Jeremy P. Tarcher / Putnam ; Penguin Putnam inc., 375 Hudson street, New York, 1999
    -Gombrich, E. H.; Art and Illusion: a study in the psychology of pictorial representation, Phaidon, London, 1996.
    -Ruskin, John; The Elements of Drawing; A&C Black Publishers Ltd.; re-issue edition (8 Jan. 2007).

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  • Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 05:22
    joaocpp


    

    Encerramento em grande estilo.


     


    O último dia de simpósio. Mesmo esquema de workshops pela manhã. Depois do almoço palestras por Ketta Linhares , Simonetta Capecchi e Antônio Jorge Gonçalves. Como gosto muito de desenhar no metrô de São Paulo fiquei especialmente encantado com as histórias contadas por Antônio que desenhou dentro de vários metrôs pelo mundo.


    Mas o melhor ainda estava por vir. Às 16.30h descemos juntos para a Praça do Comércio a fim de realizar um SketchCrawl enorme, com dezenas de pessoas. Foi incrível, uma tarde maravilhosa, inesquecível. Viva a Lisboa.


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    The last day of the symposium. The same schedule of workshops in the morning. After lunch lectures by Kette Linhares, Simonetta Capecchi, and Antônio Jorge Gonçalves. As I enjoy drawing on the São Paulo subway I was especially delighted with the stories told by Antônio who drew in many subways around the world.


    But the best part was yet to come. At 16:30 we went down together to the Praça do Comércio in order to perform a huge SketchCrawl, with dozens of people. It was amazing, a wonderful afternoon, unforgettable. Long live Lisbon.







     




     


     




     

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  • Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 05:19
    joaocpp


    Mais um dia de Simpósio, e que dia! Fazemos tantas coisas que parece que estamos há uma eternidade aqui em Lisboa a desenhar. Comentei com o Eduardo Salavisa que gostaria de ter a capacidade de me multiplicar para poder estar em todos os workshops ao mesmo tempo. Ou passar mais tempo em Lisboa para me dedicar às suas paisagens. Talvez trezentos anos me bastariam, mas vejam, só talvez. Tenho visto tantos artistas bons, professores e alunos, de diferentes estilos e direções que só isso já seria um grande aprendizado, mas temos algo há mais aqui. Os professores andam lado a lado com os alunos, falando sobre desenho e sobre outras coisas diversas, essa integração é que eu acho fantástico. Somos todos desenhistas e estamos compartilhando nosso gosto comum que é: desenhar diretamente o que observamos e com isso contar histórias dos lugares onde vivemos e viajamos. É isto, e outra coisa mais:


    Nunca encontrei ninguém completamente incapaz de aprender a desenhar”.


    John Ruskin, intelectual inglês do século XIX


    Estamos todos aprendendo constantemente. O resultado final importa menos ao meu ver do que a reunião de pessoas compartilhando experiências, isso não tem preço.


    Portanto, até amanhã os lisboetas ainda vão se deparar com centenas de desenhistas sedentos espalhados pela cidade desenhando tudo o que aparecer na frente. Eles estão em toda parte, para onde você olhar tem alguém rabiscando. Cuidado, ao virar uma esquina em Lisboa você pode se deparar com um bando de desenhistas malvados, armados com seus lápis e pinceis prontos para ataca-lo e quando você menos esparar já vai estar estampado em um sketchbook para toda a eternidade. Brincadeiras à parte, amanhã, 23 de Julho, teremos um SketchCrawl no terreiro do Paço a partir das 16.30h aberto a qualquer desenhista que queira juntar-se a nós. Venham todos, será um belo encontro!


    Pela manhã tivemos inúmeros workshops: Captar movimento, Contrastes, Etnografia Urbana, Assunto Inacabado, Explorar o Chiado, Delinear sobre a Cor, Retratos Urbanos, Desenhos Misturados e Perspectiva de Lisboa. Todos excelentes, mas como disse no início, infelizmente sou humano e não pude estar em todos esses eventos, mas quem esteve em cada um deles garante estar satisfeito.


    Depois do almoço assistimos duas palestrar, a primeira foi “Desenhando no local: Ensino e aprendizagem” por Matthw Bhrem. Essa palestra tratou de abranger técnicas para ensinar e aprender a prática do desenho no local.


    Na sequência, James Richards apresentou a palestra “The Freehand Renaissance” onde discorreu sobre como nos dias de hoje, onde a digitalização da comunicação predomina em praticamente todos os meios, o desenho ressurgiu com força, graças há uma busca pela autenticidade do desenho manual. Duas ótimas palestras que juntamente aos workshops práticos formam um todo coerente munindo os alunos em primeiro lugar do auxílio prático e posteriiormente racionalizando nosso trabalho, refletindo sobre nossos objetivos e nossas origens.


    Na segunda parte me juntei ao grupo do Marc Taro Holmes e do Filipe Leal de Faria. A atividade se chama “ Paisagens Urbanas – Ver para desenhar” e foi realizada no Largo de São Paulo. O objetivo principal: Explorar a visão pessoal de cada artista e sua capacidade de desenvolver esse olhar constantemente. Marc taro pintou uma aquarela como demonstração enquanto fomos para vários cantos desenhar qualque coisa que víssemos na frente. Grande tarefa.


    No final ficamos todos bobos olhando os desenhos do deus Gerard Michel e seus jogos de perspectivas. Sem palavras.


    Este post é dedicado à memória de Lucien Freud.


     


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    Another day of Symposium, and what a day! We do so many things that it seems we are here for an eternity drawing in Lisbon. I told Eduardo Salavisa I would like to have the ability to multiply myself to be able to be in all the workshops at the same time. Or spending more time in Lisbon to dedicate myself to its landscapes, perhaps three hundred years would be enough to me, but look, I said maybe. I have seen so many good artists, teachers and students of different styles and directions that only this fact would be a great learning experience, but we have something more here. Teachers walk side by side with students, talking about drawing and about many other things, I think this integration is fantastic. We are all drawers and we are sharing our common passion which is drawing directly what we see and therewith tell stories about the places where we live and travel to. That’s it, and another thing: 


    "I never metanyone quite unable to learn how to draw."


    John Ruskin, English intellectual of the nineteenth century


    We are all always learning. The result is less important, from my point of view, than the gathering of people sharing experiences, it is priceless.


    Therefore, tomorrow the people of Lisbon will still come across hundreds of thirsty drawers around the city drawing whatever comes in front of them. They are everywhere, wherever you look there is someone doodling. Be careful when turning a corner in Lisbon you might find yourself with a nasty bunch of drawers, armed with their pencils and paintbrushes ready to attack you and when you least expect it you will already be printed in a sketchbook ever after. Jokes aside, tomorrow, July 23, we have a SketchCrawl in the courtyard of the Paço at 4:30pm, open to any drawer who wants to join us. Come on everybody, it will be a nice meeting!


    In the morning we had many workshops: Capturing movement, Contrasts, Urban Ethnography, unfinished business, Exploring Chiado, Lining over Color, Urban Portraits, Sketch Mix, and Lisbon Perspective. All excellent, but as I said earlier, unfortunately I am human and I could not be in all these workshops, but everyone who attended these events was satisfied.


    After lunch we attended two lectures, the first was "Sketching on Location: Teaching and Learning" by Matthew Bhrem. This lecture dealt with techniques for teaching and learning the practice of drawing in the place.



    Then James Richards presented the lecture "The Freehand Renaissance" which talked about how the drawing re-emerged with force today, even with the digital communication prevalent in practically all media, because there is a search for the authenticity of the manual drawing. Two great lectures along with the practical workshops form a coherent whole arming the students first with practical help and then rationalizing our work, reflecting on our goals and our origins.





    In the second part I joined Marc Taro Holmes and Philip Leal de Faria’s group. The activity is called "Urban Landscapes - View to draw" and was held at the Largo de São Paulo. The main goal: Exploring the personal vision of each artist and his ability to always develop this look. Marc Taro painted a watercolor as demonstration while we went to many places to draw anything that we saw in front of us. Great job.



     





    In the end we got all silly looking to the drawings of the god Gerard Michel and his games of perspectives. I’m speechless.


     


    This post is dedicated to the memory of Lucien Freud.

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