Sunday, May 15, 2016

Urban Sketchers Philippines 5th Anniversary Sketchwalk - You're Invited!

This year marks Urban Sketchers Philippines' fifth year as a regional chapter of Urban Sketchers. Join us as we celebrate with a sketchwalk in the country's most famous park dedicated to our national hero Jose P. Rizal.

Just bring your own sketching materials (and water, hand towel, umbrella) - joining is FREE. Everybody is welcome to join.

Date: May 21, 2016, Saturday
Venue: Luneta/Rizal Park
Time: 9am-12nn

You can start sketching earlier, of course. :) We will have our Show & Tell / Group Photo at 11:30, so please make sure you are at our meetup place by that time.

Meetup Place:
“Ang Pagpapakabayani ni Dr. Jose P. Rizal (The Martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. Rizal),” Rizal's execution site. It's a few meters away beside the Rizal Monument and the Gomburza marker, and it's beside the Chinese Garden. It's a large shaded area where there are big statues depicting the final moments of our national hero's life. There is a minimal entrance fee of P20 for adults and P10 for students.

Once we're all complete we will head out to the Rizal Monument for another (quick) group photo. :)

There's something for every sketcher in the park, whether you like people-sketching or lean more toward architecture and land/cityscapes! Here are some areas of interest in Rizal Park (please note that some of these charge a minimal entrance fee for upkeep/maintenance):

  • Ang Pagpapakabayani ni Dr. Jose P. Rizal / Rizal Execution Grounds (meetup place)
  • Rizal Monument
  • Gomburza execution site marker
  • Quirino Grandstand, Kilometer Zero marker
  • Central Lagoon - dancing fountains
  • Gallery of Heroes
  • Binhi ng Kalayaan statue, Garden
  • Open-air auditorium - groups practicing dances, etc.
  • La Madre Filipina sculpture
  • Picnic area
  • Chinese Garden
  • Japanese Garden
  • Chess Plaza
  • Topographic map of the Philippines
  • Children's playground
  • Lapu-Lapu statue

*Urban sketching tip: sketch with a buddy, or with a group :)
After the sketchwalk (and lunch!), you may want to visit the National Museum - entrance is free for May (National Heritage Month). :)

Please click here to visit our Facebook event page for more details. See you in Luneta!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Urban Workshop and Sketchwalks Last April 16 & 17

Design Week Philippines happens twice a year, and for the first edition this year on April 16 and 17, Urban Sketchers Philippines was invited to the first designated Design District: the Spanish-era Walled City of Intramuros, Manila. This coincided with Intramuros Pasyal Weekend, usually organized monthly by Viva Manila, where part of Gen. Luna Street in Intramuros becomes a pedestrian zone for the two afternoons.

Organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Design Week Philippines is an assembly of some of local artist groups and cultural activities.

Eileen Bondoc Escueta provides some tips to workshop participants on the first day.
Participants of two workshops reached more than 40 people total, mostly students and those who were joining us for the sketchwalks for the first time.
The UNESCO-declared World Heritage Site of San Agustin Church is one of the best examples of Spanish-era structures.

The sketchwalks after the workshops yielded some impressive sketch results. However, it was reminder that the activity of sketching need not be to impress. Sketching or drawing - in a world where a camera or a smartphone can instantly take a picture of the scene - is an activity of discovery, expression, and a tool for observing places, people or things.
Sketching is an effective way to observe and appreciate our built heritage.

A booth for Urban Sketchers Philippines was provided along Gen. Luna Street to let us join in the monthly weekend market. A brief public workshop on sketching basics, and a 2-hour sketchwalk of Intramuros were also held for the two afternoons.

The booth provided gave some information to the public about what Urban Sketchers is all about.

It is always interesting to see the sketch results with varied styles - we may draw the same subject, but we always draw differently.
Sketch results for the first day.

The 1-hour workshop gave the most essential principles of how eye-hand coordination works, and eventually also included the basics of different sketch media used. The workshop placed emphasis on how practicing as much as you can can yield better proficiency - like any other skill like driving or riding a bicycle.
Janeil Arlegui gives sketching advice for the second day workshop.
A brief exercise in sketching before going out to the sketchwalk.

Temperatures of the two days were pretty high - as maximum 38 degrees Celsius. Best to use shaded areas as vantage views for sketching for a few minutes.
Intramuros offers some picturesque scenes that are just asking for sketchers to sketch.

Resident children were encouraged to draw what they saw.

The 2nd day's sketch results.
The best part about the Urban Sketchers is that we are made up of people with different backgrounds, most surprisingly people who don't  use drawing as a source of their career. Ordinary people who are using sketching as a way to see, not just to look. It is an enjoyable way of heightening one's perceptual senses. The sketchbooks become visual diaries that can be shared and kept as reminders of the experiences.
Old and new Urban Sketchers Philippines participants show off their sketches.
In another event organized by CITEM, we also had some opportunity to see the exposition of FAME Manila held at the Metro Manila World Trade Center, April 21-24.
Post-Design Week: Manila FAME, Philippines export exposition (April 21-24) showcases the best Philippines furniture, crafts, and new innovations.

Traditional cloth weaving method was even showcased during the exposition.

We thank CITEM Philippines for inviting us as being a part of Design Week.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Urban Sketchers Philippines Joins Design Week Philippines!

Mark your calendars - Urban Sketchers Philippines is part of the Design Week Philippines this coming April 16 and 17 in Intramuros.

There will be a free short workshop (anyone can join!) starting 3 p.m. on both days on the basics of sketching. The workshops will be presented by Eileen Bondoc Escueta and Janeil Arlegui. Sketchwalks will follow.

Pre-Registration for the workshop:
We only have 25 slots for the Saturday and Sunday workshops, so if you are interested in attending, please go to the official event page here and leave a comment with your name/s and when you'll be joining (Saturday or Sunday) or send us a message.

Anyone can join the sketchwalk, even if you were not able to register for the workshop. :) The sketchwalk will commence right after the short workshop and there's no limit to how many can join (it will also be our official sketchwalks for the month of April), so please do come!

Things to bring: sketching materials of your choice / any drawing materials you are comfortable using. We're expecting a hot summer day, so don't forget to bring water and your sun gear!

We will also have a booth along Gen. Luna street (between Anda and Real streets) for the Intramuros Pasyal Street Market.

This activity is conducted with the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM).

Come and join in the sketching fun!

Event page: Urban Sketchers Philippines Joins Design Week Philippines!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

March Sketch Call

Date: March 19, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Meetup at the Ateneo Art Gallery (please be there before 9 a.m.)
Regroup: Ateneo Art Gallery by 11:30am

The sketchwalk for this month will begin with a short tour of the Ateneo Art Gallery. After the tour, sketchwalk participants will get to choose spots/subjects for sketching in and around the gallery.

Click here for the Facebook event page for updates.


Directions to Ateneo for those who will commute: 
 If you are coming from South, Take the MRT and alight at Araneta Cubao. Then walk toward LRT 3 (Purple Line) then take the train to Katipunan Station. Exit at the North Entrance and walk towards the jeepney below the flyover. Take the jeepney to UP Campus and tell the driver to drop you off at Ateneo Gate 3.

 If coming from Quezon Ave./Pantranco, or SM North, take the UP Campus jeep and ask the driver to drop you off at Vinzon's Hall. Across the hall, wait for the jeepney to Katipunan. In Katipunan, alight at CS Place Bar and Resto then cross the bridge to Ateneo.

Many thanks to Mr. Ricky Francisco for this invitation to sketch at the see “Other: Zobel and Sansó: A Prints and and Drawing Exhibition” at the Ateneo Art Gallery!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Doodle4Travel Urban Sketching Workshop

Come and join Urban Sketchers Philippines tomorrow, Friday, December 18 at the Titus Markers event Doodle4Travel at Music Hall, SM Mall of Asia, Seaside Blvd., Pasay City. There'll be 3 urban sketching sessions:
*Each session will have 15 participants.

See you! 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

December 2015 Sketch Call

The holidays are just around the corner and before everything gets really crazy, let's have a relaxing day sketching at the Salcedo Community Market!

This is our last official sketchwalk for the year, so don't miss the opportunity to learn, practice, chat, eat, and simply enjoy the urban greenery with fellow sketchers. As always, everyone is welcome to join - no registration fees, just bring your own drawing materials.

Where: Salcedo Market
            Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, 

            Makati City

When: December 5, 2015

Sketching starts at 9:00am (you can come early of course)
Show and tell at 11:30am (this is when we regroup and show our work)

If it's your first time joining, please don't be shy! Just approach anyone holding a sketchbook/pad (he/she is most likely an Urban Sketcher) and say hi. :) See you on Saturday!

Please see our Facebook event page for more details:

~ Lauren

Sunday, September 20, 2015

First day of the 3-series On-Location Sketching Workshop

Old and young, they came to learn the few basic principles of drawing from observation. The first course, basic line sketching and the rest of the other two courses - watercolor, and advanced quick sketching techniques are held at the National Museum (National Arts Gallery) of the Philippines for 5 consecutive Saturdays, lifting their rule of  "no sketching" policy to safeguard against vandalism - anything that marks like pencils and pens are surrendered with the front guard station.
Students of the workshop apply the principles of sketching from the former Congress Hall of the Philippines.
Some of our active members took the opportunity to sketch this historic building. And got to show the students some what we do. The workshop is also in conjunction with the LJC Group, who is sposoring this activity. The workshop runs from September 19 to October 9, 2015.

Regular members in action spent 30 minutes alongside the students. This looking up and down actually looks funny, but this is what we do when we temporarily retain an "after image" of our subjects and mimick it onto our paper.

Cesar Ramirez, who recetnly started teaching university level drawing shows the principle of a one-point perspective drawing from observation.