Monday, March 24, 2014

March 22, 2014 Sketching at the Ayala Museum

The outside the museum by Eileen Escueta
The Ayala Museum Lobby by Nonie Castillo

Janne Soriano takes the floor

On the 3rd Saturday of every month, the Urban Sketchers Philippines gather for 3 hours to sketch. We will be reaching our 3rd year anniversary this April, 2014, and we have since organized different places and themes for sketching around Metro Manila most of the time.

Anabel de la Paz,  a visiting student from Spain studying at the University of Santo Tomas  concentrates 

Sketching subjects are up to the individual artists or whatever style or medium they are most comfortable. The main idea keeping it as authentic to record whatever we observe in the area. And we are not all professional artists, in varied in ages and backgrounds.

Lauren sketches those boats

Carlo Martinez sketches with pen & ink on paper

Equipped even with the most basic pencil and paper, the main idea is recording an observation, by making a picture rather than taking one with a camera. It is the slow process of drawing what sketchers see becomes the key ingredient in discovery about the subject.

Nice Rodriguez 

Muffy  and  Ampoa Roxas  do a mother and daughter sketching session 

Assembling the sketches for us to have a look

The deliberate conscious attempt to record the things, object, people or place hasn't changed since our ancestors started scribbling on the ground and walls of rocks. Some could say drawing was the first ever medium that can transfer an idea of what was perceived by the author, or in this case the artist, to those who will see the image.

The invention of paper in abundance gave way for portability in the form of  bundling them together,  we commonly know as sketchbooks. With every sketch walk, it gives us the opportunity to share our sketches. Every page leaf indented with marks and colors form to gives us a glimpse of what made the artist spend time to observe what was sketched.

Tancho shares his sketches with us

This month's sketch walk was made possible from the permission of Ms.Mariles Gustilo, Ayala Foundations Director for Arts and Culture, and Carla Gamalinda, Ayala Museum Associate Audience Development for making our sketch walk. We highly appreciate the chance of letting us sketch at the museum.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sketch Walk at the Ayala Museum this March 22, 2014

This month's theme: Museums
Where: Ayala Museum, Makati City
When: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Time: 9am to 12nn

Participants are requested to bring a pictured ID for free entrance to the museum during this time frame and are asked to observe the NO PICTURE TAKING at certain exhibits of the museum. Bags will need to be deposited and you are advised to bring your own materials.

We also would request participants to email their sketches of the sketch walk as complimentary copies for the museum. This is voluntary and due credit will need given to the artist if the museum chose to use them.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

February 22, 2014 Sketch Walk - The El Hogar Filipino Building

We got wind that photographers were being asked not to take pictures of this 100-year-old building, requested by the new owners, now revealed to be MegaWorld Developers. They don't really have a track record of turning cultural heritage building for adaptive reuse.

This building has been a hot topic of late, since it switched owners and the tenants were asked to vacate lat February 20th, and only two security guards are there. Rumors started coming that it would be demolished to give way to a spanking new mall and condominium...

The security guards never asked us not to take pictures when they saw us. The story would have been different if a camera group came here instead of a sketching one. I asked everyone to refrain from taking picture shots of the building, well when the guards aren't looking anyway.

I guess sketching can't be considered as intrusive as taking pictorial records.

Sketching is close to observation, and the activity had 20 attendees this sketch walk. It was an enjoyable morning in Manila. We hope the El Hogar building stays, and it could still be viable for a beautiful hotel or residence.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sketch Walk Call for February 2014

Sketch Walk Call
When: 9am to 12pm, February 22, 2014
Theme: Heritage Building
Where: El Hogar Filipino Building, Luna st., Sta. Cruz, Manila

Directions if you're coming from the LRT Central terminal

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

January 25 Sketch Walk at the Fort Santiago, Intrasmuros, Manila

Fort Santiago or Fuerte de Santiago in Spanish is the Citadel that protects the walled city of Intramuros in Manila. The ornate gate for the military barracks was built in 1714 and it was the most prominent landmark we sketched last Saturday.

Within the Spanish-era walled city of  Intramuros lies the main gate of Fuerte de Santiago. Historically, this were the Philippine National Hero, Dr, Jose Rizal was held captive until he was executed, and triggered the Philippine Revolution against Spain.
The wood relief on the upper part of the fort's arch entrance depicts the triumph of the Spanish occupation over the native Islamic people of then early Manila
In 1898, the American occupied the citadel signifying the start of the 30 years of American occupation. In World War II, however, the Japanese used the dungeons for as a prison where 600 American POWs eventually died of hunger and suffocation. Manila at that time was the 2nd most devastated city next to Warsaw, Poland after World War II.

Nonie, Ampao and Carlo sketching under the shade.

Lauren with an umbrella sketches the other side

Ige and Lauren

Charm (2nd from the left) finally joined a sketch walk. Others in this picture is Nice (left most), moi in green, Cesar in black (who managed to still sketch something in the last 20 minutes), Carlo in khaki shorts, new comer Nonie, Muffy, Ige and Lauren.

First sketch walk for the year.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

July 20, 2013 Saturday Market at Escolta

Lauren Villanueva, one of our active Urban Sketcher suggested that we join the occasional flea market in one of the old district of Manila along Escolta st. last July 20. This was organized by the 98B Collaborative who describe themselves as  a “multi-disciplinary art COLLABoratory” that aims to provide a venue where artists, curators, designers, educators, film makers, musicians, performers, researchers, students, writers, and other creative individuals can brainstorm, collaborate, and interact.

In April of this year, 98B starteda revival of  the vibrancy of Escolta, Manila by organizing the first “Saturday Market @ Escolta.” The venue was at barren ground floor area of the building.

The crowd who went there was surprisingly a lot, and USk Philippines enjoyed quite the exposure to a few hundred people who are interested in the concept of sketch walks. We got a few interested organizations as well for possible joint projects. Well, here's to hoping then coming true.