Thursday, November 30, 2017

10 X 10 Urban Sketch Workshop at the Orange County Regional History Center.

One of the Orlando Urban Sketching Workshops was held at the Orange County Regional History Center. The lesson of this workshop was to focus on value and color without much use of line. It was the same evening as another large event in town, so turnout was down, but we made the best of it. There was also a wedding on the ground floor, so we stayed in the exhibits on the top floors.

The Citrus Industry exhibition was where we started. The first sketch was of a lifecast on a ladder picking oranges from a tree. There is a clear advantage sketching a mannequin as opposed to a live model since it never moves. I gave pointers on composition and then we all got to work. The goal of the class was to finish two sketches with an emphasis on color and value.

Pam Schwartz, the History Center's Chief Curator joined us. She has done plenty of art in her past, so she fit right in. As we sat working, she noticed one of the text panels in the Citrus Exhibit was missing a letter, so she touched it up. The entire museum is going to be renovated with new exhibits in the upcoming year or two, so the museum as it looks today is a bit of an antique. New interactive exhibits are on the horizon.

After sketching the citrus trees, we moved over to the pioneer cabin where two lifecast children were on the porch pulling taffy. This porch set up was a good exercise in one point perspective and bold blocks of color. I explained that the open window created a pool of light in which the main action took place. The mural on the wall next to the cabin had a painting of a chicken that was larger that the cows in the field. It is a strange touch that most visitors probably don’t notice. When you take the time to sketch, however, such strange size relationships become obvious.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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