No Drawing Attention de Setembro saiu a informação sobre a nossa participação na actividade "10 years x 10 Classses" promovida pelos Urban Sketchers.
Portuguese Associated Groups Collaborate
by Susan Rogers
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Urban Sketchers, three USk Portugal Association groups worked together to create a series of 10x10 workshops.
Luís Ançã, a spokesperson for the event, describes how three regional sketching groups from Évora, Raia and Beja worked together to design a structure for the 10x10 workshops. Each group selected three themes, for its city, focussing on different aspects of their cities. They choose the locations with a view to telling a small, medium and big story about the location. It was important to the groups to highlight the unique spirit of the location and so, in the workshops, the instructors made sure that participants knew about the history and the stories embedded in the site.
Luís adds, “When you draw, it’s important to feel the atmosphere of the place. Focussing on storytelling makes you understand better what surrounds you. And this understanding is a way to better seeing and representing the subject.”
In Alentejo, the Museum of Craft was chosen for the small story, the medium story focussed on the side of the city that the tourist usually doesn’t see and the big story was to draw the human figure in the Convent of St. Francisco of Evora.
In Elvas, the participants went to the Military Museum, the Forte de Sant Luzia and covered traditional local crafts for the big story.
In Beja, they drew at the Jorge Vieira Museum, Beja Castle and in the area of the Wollemi Pine Tree and Autochthonous Trees.
The last workshop was titled, When Marble becomes Alive, at the Villa Vicosa.
Luís reflects on the course, saying, “that it was a way to say thanks to USk and an excellent way to improve the skills of the sketchers and showcase the culture of our region.”