Thursday, December 19, 2019

Art Deco Weekend

Orlando Urban Sketchers, Miami Urban Sketchers, and Tampa Urban Sketchers, will be a part of Art Deco Weekend in trendy South Beach Miami  this year. You can sketch with us at the Miami Beach Historic District to capture the essence of the 1920 Era in your sketchbook. This event is FREE. All ages and all drawing levels and skills are welcome.

The Art Deco Weekend festival by the Miami Design Preservation League is thrilled to include for the first time the Urban Sketchers in their official program with a series of Sketch walks, Urban Sketching demonstrations and “Drink and Draw” events. Join us as we draw the architectural gems of the Miami Beach Historic Art Deco District and capture the essence of the 1920s Art Deco Weekend Festival Events.

A Sketchwalk is an interactive walking tour run by urban sketcher leaders, where participants stop to pull out their sketchbooks and capture the scene in a drawing. These on location from observation sketches tell the story of place, time, and community. Equipped with inks and colors, urban sketchers use their personal drawing techniques, interpreting their view through their own styles. At each walk, through a ceremonious “Sketchbook Throwdown”, the incredible variety of work captured is shared and discussed, providing inspiration and a fascinating show and tell for all.

The primary leading instructors are; James Richards, Thomas Thorspecken, Gaston McKenzie and Greg Bryla, together with instructors members of the FL USk chapters.

I will be hosting two demos, called, Leaf Something Behind.
Location: Versace Mansion – South beach park, opposite the Villa Casa Casuarina (1116 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139).
Description: As artists our goal is to leave something behind with the sketches we create.
Using found object Grape Leaves to do a pen and ink sketch of the active festival street scene.
On the beach front there are Sea Grape trees that have large round leathery leaves.
We will hang out in the beach front park or on the street as I do a sketch of the scene in pen and ink on one of these leaves.
The leaves can be mailed as post cards and I plan to test this out with the finished sketch.
Should you like to do a leaf sketch yourself, I can't guarantee there are enough lying on the ground, but there were plenty last time I visited.

What to bring: Bring your sketchbook and sketching supplies of your choice. As this event is OUTDOORS be prepared with drinking water, portable chair/stool, and appropriate clothes for the weather.

Where: Sketch walks commence at the Urban Sketchers tent (1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139).

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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