Dancing Lines: Ink Drawing on Location, People, Places and Things

Worlds collide and ink will splatter as Urban Sketcher Kiah Kiean Ch’ng, from Penang, Malaysia and Melanie Reim, from New York, USA, join forces to deliver a power-packed workshop where line drawing will rule. The passion and process of drawing architecture and people and the combination of both, with KK’s infamous, hand-crafted twigs and Melanie’s trusted cartridge pens will be explored over two days in and around Seattle, Washington.

Following a meet and greet and artist presentations of their work, we’ll explore the markets and other locations of Seattle with a respective focus on the majesty of architecture and the crowds of people in action through the eyes and expertise of our instructors.

Premises of composition, mark-making and calligraphic line will be explored through two days of workshops. Participants will have an opportunity to work with KK and Melanie each for a day as they each offer two equally strong but different ways of dynamic picture making and storytelling. Drawing directly onto the page, working with happy accidents of ink splatter and evoking mood through a variety of weight of line and tone illustrate the way that our lines dance across the page- Come dance with us as we draw Seattle!

Learning Goals:

Ch’ng Kiah Kiean

The Line:
• Discovering how to use the twig and brushes as mark makers
The Environment:
• Seeing the architecture of the city with a different eyes
• Understanding the art of leaving negative space in your composition
• Strategies for applying limited color to your sketches

Melanie Reim

The Line:
• Using the Pentel brush pen and cartridge fountain pen to create bold and light calligraphic lines
The Environment:
• Blocking out people and crowds
• Big Picture composition
• Thumbnails
• Shapes
• Mark making

Workshop Schedule:

Friday Night July 14th, 2017
Location: Daniel Smith Store Seattle (4150 First Avenue South, Seattle, Washington 98134)
05:30 – 07:30 pm: Dinner, meet and greet, keynote presentations

Saturday July 15, 2017
Location: Pike Place Market

Group A – with KK
Group B – with Melanie

09:30 – 10:00 am: Preparing tools (twig / ink / sponge)
10:00 – 11:00 am: Part I: lines only sketch (introduction to the tools and quick demo follow by directed exercises)
11:00 – 12:00 pm: Part II: lines and tone sketch (introduction to “dry wash technique” and quick demo follow by directed exercises)
12:00 – 12:30 pm: Review
12:30 – 01:30 pm: Lunch Break on your own
01:30 – 02:00 pm: Full demo
02:00 – 04:30 pm: Part III: lines, tone and watercolour wash sketch (tips on how to add watercolor wash and follow by directed exercises)
04:30 – 05:00 pm: Review
05:00 – 05:30 pm: Combined demo with Melanie

09:30 – 12:00 am: Introduction to environment, tips for blocking out people, short talk on anatomical landmarks. Looking for shapes to design people and capture crowds
12:00 – 12:30 pm: Review
12:30 – 01:30 pm: Lunch Break on your own
01:30 – 04:30 pm: Using premises from a.m., begin to look for big picture composition, thumbnails, shapes, mark mark-making
04:30 – 05:00 pm: Review
05:00 – 05:30 pm: Combined demo with KK

Sunday July 16th, 2017
Location: Fremont Ballard, or Seattle Center or TBD.

Group B – with KK
Group A – with Melanie

Same Schedule as Saturday with final group gallery instead of demo.

Workshop Registration and Cost:

Price for workshop $275.00.
Contact janewingfield@gmail.com for registration forms and space availability.
Participants can pay via PayPal in US Dollars and email registration forms.
Maximum number of Participants 30 (minimum 20)
All levels welcome.

Cancellation Policy:

In the event of too few registrations, all monies will be refunded less Pay Pal Fees. Cancellations up to May 15, 2017 will be refunded the full amount minus a cancellation fee of $35.00; 50% will be refunded if the cancellation occurs after May 15 to June 15, 2017; and no refunds will be granted after that date. Thank you for your understanding.

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