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Urban Sketchers x Historic Seattle: Learn to Sketch Workshop

Saturday, September 22, 2018 | All Events (see all) 4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

Learn the joy of sketching – and a new way to appreciate the historic buildings you love! This class is designed for inexperienced sketchers or those who have been away from their art for a while.

Instructor Michele Cooper will help you take your first steps into urban sketching using simple tools and practical tips that anyone can follow. Michele will demonstrate techniques, then you’ll try them. Perfection is not required. You’ll learn to combine basic drawing, writing, lettering shortcuts, and ephemera for a fun day on location with your urban sketchbook. These skills can be adapted to fill your nature and travel journals, too.

The workshop will begin indoors at the Good Shepherd Center, later the group will move outside to practice sketching the exterior of the Good Shepherd Center and its grounds.

After the workshop, please join Urban Sketchers Seattle for an optional “sketchcrawl” (2:30 – 5 PM) at Meridian Park to have more fun practicing your new skills!

Cost: $60. Sorry, no member discount.

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Please bring the following to the workshop: Sketchbook designed for multimedia, mechanical pencil, eraser, black waterproof pen, black water-soluble pen, watercolor pencils or water-soluble crayons, white gel pen, pencil sharpener, and a water brush. See Michele’s blog for more on suggested supplies.

About the Instructor

Michele Cooper is a fine artist living in the Seattle area. She has been teaching watercolor since 1980. She teaches at Skagit Valley College and Kirkland Arts Center and has led traveling watercolor workshops in the US, Canada, Italy, and France. Michele has given recent programs on watercolor line and wash for regional libraries and plein air watercolor and nature journaling workshops at the North Cascades Institute. She is published as a featured artist in two books by North Light Books and in several news articles and periodicals. Michele is President Emeritus of National Collage Society, signature member of Northwest Watercolor Society, Women Painters of Washington, and blog correspondent for Urban Sketchers Seattle and Anacortes Sketchers. See examples of her work on her blog and Flickr.

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Photo: Michele Cooper documented a visit to Meridian Park outside the Good Shepherd Center in her journal using some of the same skills she’ll teach at the workshop. Michele Cooper,


September 22, 2018
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
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