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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Workshops and sketching in Cuba

In Cuba I offered short sketching workshops throughout the week, and fellow travelers had the opportunity to sketch in a range of venues in Havana and in the stunningly beautiful Vinales valley. Participants ranged from sketching neophytes to designers hoping to sharpen skills to professional artists and illustrators.  It was a very special time of sharing and learning from each other. We had a high-energy showing of sketchbooks at our "farewell dinner" on our last night in Havana.

Each day featured an informal workshop; on this particular day we managed to squeeze in two. Here we are in Parque Central, the lush plaza at the foot of famous Obispo Street, and a stone's throw from the Capitolio, El Floridita, Paseo de Prado, and other Havana icons.

A sketching workshop at the Plaza de la Catedral in Old Havana.

My brother Larry Richards sketching in Parque Central.

A nice two-page spread by Portland architect and urban sketcher Jason Roberts.

An informal sketchbook "throwdown," where sketchers peruse the afternoon's sketches and learn from each other.

Conducting an early morning workshop on a terrace overlooking the stunning Vinales valley.

The elegant "farewell dinner" on our last night in Havana featured a high-energy show of the participant's sketchbooks.  It may have been my favorite event of the trip.