Chicago, IL (August 9, 2016) ArchiSketch Chicago where Architectural illustration meets historical narration of Chicago’s built environment. Sketch while discovering what makes Chicago the “City Beautiful.”
ArchiSketch Chicago launches with two new workshops.
• Lincoln Park Zoo & Garden on Saturday, August 13, 2016 10a-1p
• Grant Park: Michigan Ave & Congress on Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10a-1p
$50.00 per person, bring own drawing materials.
Advance registration required, maximum 15 participants per workshop
These workshops combine the history and of the architecture and its location in the overall urban setting. Plus, drawing instruction to highlight key characteristics of the building and its location.
ArchiSketch Chicago workshops adds a new dimension to urban sketching and sketch crawls with the presentation of the architecture, styles, details and story that each participant can add to their own sketches; creating their own stories to share with friends and on social media.
The series of workshops, developed by Joann Sondy, is a culmination of her passions: architecture + drawing. “ArchiSketch Chicago is an opportunity to bring your sketchbook and pencils to learn more about iconic structures, learn or push your drawing skills to new levels and share what you’ve done with the growing global community of urban sketchers.”
Drawing upon her experience leading architecture tours, Joann conducts in-depth research about each building or structure, the neighborhood and history to create a theme for each workshop. Workshop themes might emphasize the built environment, key building/style characteristics, select time period or location.
Additionally, Joann Sondy is a storyteller, employing her skills and training to entertain and educate. As a designer who specialized in presentations and publications, she never let go of the art school training and skills to fill pages of her own sketchbooks.
ArchiSketch Chicago are in-depth workshops which introduce drawing skills and techniques, along with historical narrations of Chicago’s architectural legacy, styles and their connection to its rich cultural heritage. During the ArchiSketch Chicago workshops, participants will visit multiple locations, allowing ample time for sketching based on instruction customized for each stop.
ArchiSketch Chicago is a service/division of Creative Aces Corporation (www.creativeaces.com)
Two full days of sketching, painting and creativity with people who share a passion for urban sketching. I am humbled to have been a part of the leadership team with my own Architecture Sketching Tour. I’m looking forward to next year.
This year’s Sketch Seminar workshops sold out rather quickly, people from the greater Chicagoland area, across the nation and international sketchers, too. Sixteen workshops scheduled over the weekend, many offered twice, from breaking free of the fear of on-site sketching, introduction to art materials, oil painting, sketch like an architect, sketching with markers and colored pencils to coptic bookbinding. I don’t have final numbers yet, but I’d guess that 200+ people participated in workshops, volunteered and taught.
Urban Sketchers is a global community of urban sketchers for those who love to draw the cities where they live and visit, from the window of their homes, from a cafe, at a park, standing by a street corner… always on location, not from photos or memory. And, he/she shares their sketches with the community. The manifesto is quite simple:
Passion. Talent. Community. Exhaustion. This is how I’d describe the weekend. Individuals with artistic passions learning new techniques or pushing their own creative talents in groups, and sharing ideas throughout the workshops and afterward. The weather in Chicago was extraordinary with sunscreen and cold water readily available. The gentle Lake Michigan breezes were calming, encompassing the entire Chicago lakefront experience.
The original request to lead an architecture tour was quite a surprise and humbling*. And, after I had drafted an initial tour, the hub for Chicago Sketch Seminar 2016 shifted to American Academy of Art located at Michigan Avenue and Van Buren–a new tour needed to be developed. The challenge was to organize a walking route that would be interesting and allow enough time for sketching. I believe my Grant Park: Michigan & Congress tour achieved these core principles.
The map and entire tour booklet are available for download. I’ve included in my booklet the background information on each location and additional photos.
First, thank you to ALL who participated in the Architecture Sketching Tour on Saturday and Sunday. Your feedback and comments have been very helpful to refine this tour. Big thanks to the Chicago Sketch Seminar leadership team, teacher and volunteers who made 2016 a success year for Urban Sketchers Chicago.
The Architecture Sketching Tour was a precursor to ArchiSketch Chicago that I’ve been developing since early Spring. Based on feedback, I’m now ready to launch. Visit ArchiSketch Chicago for more information about workshops.
See you on the street with your sketchbook!
* USk Chicago seminar planners aren’t aware, but, as Docent, I had to seek permission from Docent Standards at Chicago Architecture Foundation to participate and lead USk tour.
My tardiness in writing a well-thought out newsletter was delayed due to book* & presentation projects earlier this month.
I’ve been leading an Art Deco skyscrapers walking tour, primarily along LaSalle Street in Chicago, since I ‘certified’ in late spring. Art Deco is about ornamentation, these magnificent 1930s skyscrapers got me thinking about structure and the use of ornament (decoration).
Below is a quote excerpt from Holabird & Roche, architects of Chicago Board of Trade (1930):
“the exterior is an expression of the function(s) of the building…”
I think they were tapping into Louis H. Sullivan’s “form ever follows function.” For the CBOT, many would agree, the ornamentation is not merely decoration; it accentuating the overall design of the commodities exchange–all relating to agriculture (wheat, corn, lumber).
Why the architecture metaphor?
Frankly, there are numerous metaphors beyond architecture.
Each project, even an image for your Instagram feed requires structure and planning. We must invest the time into purpose or function, before any discussion of ornamentation. Then the mechanics of structure structure and flow of the publication will designed. Every writer I know begins with an outline or structure. Yes, even graphic designers begin with function and structure.
No amount of stock images, cheeky infographics or trendy color swatches will hide the lack of thought given to crafting a strong message and story structure; including any call-to-actions.
Working with photographic material presents a different opportunity to create a theme or visual structure for a collection. (see previous post)
I can’t tell you how many times, I’ve been asked to work on pitch deck/publication and the first conversation is about the aesthetics versus purpose, theme, content and audience.
Let’s not design from the outside inward. Sticky notes, index cards or whiteboards are simple, yet effective tools to breakdown your storyboard, eliminating the non-essential, shifting sections to improve the flow, etc.
More about structure or storyboarding:
Break out your coloring pencils to ignite your inner creative juices–coloring is the new meditation. Patterns of the Ancient World and Renaissance Patterns were developed for convenience of travel. The 6×9″ size is ideal to toss in your shoulder bag and fits nicely on hard surface like your tablet. AND, I included blank pages for your own drawings or doodles. Available via Amazon.
A walk through the Adler*
The use of three segments or divisions can be used to construct a presentation, write the speech or develop visuals. Artists and architects have used “3” for centuries. It’s simple, keeps us focused; more importantly, our audience focused.
Note the three parts of this stalwart advise for speech:
|Patterns of Ancient World Coloring Book|
Three most recent projects on my desk:
Developing a structure based on your time is the foundation to create your own great photo book. And, keep you focused. It can be overwhelming when you’re confronted with a volume of images. Refer to my previous post, Be A Ruthless Photo Editor, to eliminate the unnecessary, poor quality and non-relevant images.
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Example: My Family Archive. On a rainy Sunday afternoon, I decided to make a dent in scanning the negatives and photographs––which I have two or three large Rubbermaid storage tubs––from my family’s photo archive. I pulled out an armful of ‘stuff’ and began sorting the pieces. Tossing items that had little relevance to the long-term integrity of the archive, poor quality and extremely damaged. Things like out-of-focus shots, unrecognizable subjects, generic birthday & holiday cards, etc. The result, spending time on quality pieces that would convey the story of my family.
As mentioned above, developing a structure will serve as your foundation. Using images and text creates your visual story. Most stories are typical: a beginning, middle and end. Let’s take this further.
Tapping into a more sophisticated organization can add more interest to your photo book. Try one or a combination of the following:
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Storyboarding your content gives you a ‘roadmap’ to a finish product. Naturally, we want to be flexible as the project progress. Image sequencing and storyboarding is time well spent!
After you’ve experimented with your visual storyboarding with your first photo book, it will become easier the next time. Eventually, challenging your creativity to try new concepts.
Interested in more? Download “Create Your Own Great Photo Book.”
Next: Add cognitive flow within your theme.
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Wow, it’s been a couple of months since I’ve posted anything new for you. Frankly, I’ve been immersed in some very exciting projects.
Don’t let the title of this post send you looking for Bruce Springsteen on iTunes.
Can you deliver your speech/presentation in the dark?
Without the support of visual aids? Ditch the PPT?
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Many of you know that I’m a docent with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and this year I’m ‘sponsoring’ a trainee. One of my responsibilities is a walk through or demonstration of one of the core tours.
Due to scheduling, my trainee and I could only agree to meet after work. This is Chicago, it’s dark by 6 p.m. and this week it’s been cold (again) and damp. Not the best conditions to display my expertise.
Midway through the two-hour tour, Ben, docent-in-training, complimented me on the descriptive speech I used to describe details of buildings on the Chicago Old & New Tour.
After I thanked him, I was surprised when I realized that the darkness added a new and highly disciplinary behavior to my tour. A way to reduce and eliminate some bad behaviors and crutches.
I wasn’t relying on the illumination of daytime, as I usually do. Instead, recalling specific details expressed with highly descriptive language. Clearly articulating the core concepts, coherently making comparisons to describe details that are seen vividly during the day.
Plan B–No Crutches
This exercise recalled the disastrous and feeble attempts I’ve witnessed over the years when technology fails. You know what I’m talking about: microphone cut outs, the presentation file doesn’t load, the computer shuts down, the projector lamp burns out, you don’t have the right cable, its the wrong file/version, etcetera, etcetera.
I challenge you to deliver your speech or presentation without the use of visual aids. Take it further and step away from the lectern and turn off the microphone.
Can you express the core message(s) and support it with details to your audience coherently? Delivered with passion and confidence?
Here’s the link to your 80s rock-n-roll fix, “Dancing in the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen.
Today, I received a 45-slide deck for review and recommendation. This well-designed draft is currently suited for a tradeshow or business conference not an investor and analyst audience.