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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Jim to Teach at 2017 USk Symposium in Chicago!

THIS JUST IN: 
The faculty roster for the 8th International Urban Sketching Symposium in Chicago has been released, and I'm honored to be among this elite group.  The Symposium will be held July 26-29, 2017.  The annual event is the largest gathering of sketchers in the world; last year's symposium in Manchester, England drew 500 attendees from 44 countries.  Workshop faculty are chosen each year by a panel of educators in a juried proposal process.

My workshop will be offered three times during the symposium.  It's called The Grand Illusion:  Achieving a Dramatic Sense of Depth, where we'll focus on creating a convincing illusion of 3-dimensions on the 2-dimensional paper surface.  Creating this illusion is the essence of location drawing, yet it's one of the most consistent sources of questions in my workshops and online classes.  Abstract concepts will become clear with examples from the worlds of stage and film, followed by demonstrations of how those concepts can be translated to location sketching.  Participants will learn a range of classic, foundational techniques that demystify creating a sense of depth, as well as a number of cool tricks I’ve learned over decades of creating believable worlds on paper.  By workshop’s end, you will see city scenes in a different way, and will bring a new sense of believability to your urban sketches.

See more details on the 8th International Urban Sketching Symposium HERE.



Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sketching Workshop in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico!


    "Sketching the Energy of Places" with James Richards
    San Miguel de Allende
    ​Tuesday, March 14, 2017 10:00am-1:00pm

    I'm delighted to be doing a sketching workshop with Meagan Burns' travel company, Art Leap Adventures, in beautiful San Miguel de Allende, Mexico--Tuesday, March 14! Working with Meagan and teaching location sketching skills in such a stunning setting is as good as it gets! 

    See the workshop details here:  http://www.artleapadventures.com/sketchenergy.html
    Learn about Art Leap Adventures here:  http://www.artleapadventures.com/
    Follow Meagan Burns here:  https://www.facebook.com/meagan.burns

Friday, February 3, 2017

Workshops for Washington State University!

I'm very happy to have the opportunity to give a public lecture, a gallery exhibition and a series of design sketching workshops March 31-April 3 at the invitation of Washington State University's Landscape Architecture Program. These aren't public workshops, but rather a chance to interact with young design students in small groups, teaching techniques for rapid visualization of ideas.

As we often do, Patti and I will extend our time in the area with a road trip, this time through the Mountain West to explore the region's towns, majestic landscapes and national parks.  Ketchum, Idaho, another key setting in my continuing journey tracing Ernest Hemingway's footsteps around the globe, will also be on the itinerary.  High adventure indeed!