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RUL-NB urban sketching workshop nov 19 2020

  1. 1. Urban Sketching at Rutgers Nov. 19th 3-3:30pm, Megan Lotts, Art Librarian
  2. 2. Can you Draw? Urban Sketching is a movement created in 2007 by Seattle journalist and illustrator, Gabrile Campanario. Although similar to plein air painting (to paint outdoors), a term which was made most well-known by the French Impressionists during the 19th century. Urban Sketching looks at the ideas of visual storytelling in a virtual environment, and the educational value of on-location drawing. This movement encourages drawing spaces and places on location, rather than drawing from photographs. Urban Sketching brings together an international group of people who “Show their world one drawing at a time”. The goal is simple-sketch what you see, in or outdoors, and share online. You don’t needto be an artist, expert or someone who draws all the time. During this workshop participants will learn more about Urban Sketching, how to incorporate these ideas into teaching, and how this wellness activity stimulates the brain and relieves stress. If you think you can’t draw or have never taken a class, this workshop is for you. No experience required, just a willingness to learn and try something new. This project is a collaboration between the Department of Landscape Architecture and the Rutgers University Art Library. Have questions about this project please contact Megan Lotts, Art Librarian at Or learn more at the Urban Sketch research guide.
  3. 3. Urban Sketchers Manifesto • We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation. • Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel. • Our drawings are a record of time and place. • We are truthful to the scenes we witness. • We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles. • We support each other and draw together. • We share our drawings online. • We show the world, one drawing at a time.
  4. 4. Drawing vs Sketching Drawing- are made with pencil, pen, or crayon, and sketching is about capturing one’s surroundings, or to draw what you see. Sketching- A sketch is a rough or unfinished drawing or painting often made to inform a more finished product. But for me, one of the most interesting aspects of Urban Sketching is the similarities to scholarly research. Both of these activities rely on observation, analysis, storytelling, and advancing the work within one's discipline.
  5. 5. Activity 1: Six Line Drawings
  6. 6. Benefits of Sketching & Drawing • Brain break • Hone observation skills- “stop & draw the roses” • Try something new • Sketch books are a place to keep ideas and somewhere you can go when you are having a slow day or need inspiration
  7. 7. Starting with a sketch Luis Infante, a student worker at the Libraries, explores Disegni
  8. 8. Incorporating sketching into your courses
  9. 9. Activity 2: Quick drawing
  10. 10. Create, Share, Document RU Life! Tag us on social media: #Ruusk2020 #Rutgersurbansketching
  11. 11. Want to learn more?
  12. 12. Questions? Megan Lotts, MFA, M.L.I.S Art Librarian She/her/hers Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
  13. 13. References • d&q=dictionary#dobs=sketching • d&q=dictionary#dobs=sketch • “Urban Sketching mission.” Last updated in 2020.