Location Sketching in Watercolour : an Urban Sketching Workshop with Shari Blaukopf


Shari Blaukopf, a Montreal-based painter, teacher, author and art blogger, is best known for her urban scenes in watercolour. She has a BFA from Concordia University with a specialization in graphic design, but her true love has always been watercolour painting. Her paintings are in corporate, government and private collections in Canada, the United States and abroad, and her work has been showcased in many books on urban sketching. She travels widely to paint and to share her distinctive approach in sold-out workshops devoted to sketching and painting en plein air.

Shari is co-founder of Urban Sketchers Montreal, and a signature member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. You can find her online courses at Learn.ShariBlaukopf.com and Craftsy.com. Her book, The Urban Sketching Handbook: Working with Color, was published in 2019 by Quarry Books. She has given many watercolour workshops both on her own and through the Urban Sketchers Workshop Program in North America, Europe and Asia. 

Online courses: learn.shariblaukopf.com and Craftsy.com

Blog:  www.shariblaukopf.com

Website:  www.blaukopfwatercolours.com

Instagram @sharisketcher


Workshop description

How do you tell the story of a place through your sketches? The answer is not in any single sketch, of course. The answer emerges slowly across a series of sketches, both large and small, captured in a single sketchbook. Turning the pages, these sketches reflect the essence of the location and your responses to place. 

This four-day workshop is designed to give participants a variety of skills to help them feel confident while sketching on location — capturing people, places and things that evoke a time and a place — and return home with a sketchbook filled with fresh and colorful sketches.

As part of a small group, participants will observe plenty of demos (studio exercises and on-location) and receive individual attention as we work on value studies, color, composition, vignettes, lettering, simplifying a scene, and keeping our watercolors fresh. We’ll focus on having fun while we sketch, recording as much as we can as we capture urban scenes in the city. Each day will end with a review and a critique.   

Learning goals

In this workshop participants will learn how to:

- capture the visual story of a place

- create focal points in their sketches

- work quickly and confidently in ink and watercolour

- create vignettes and multi-sketch page layouts enhanced with hand-lettering

Shari Blaukopf Supply List

Site location:  Outdoor locations to be determined.  In the event of inclement weather, the workshop will take place in the KAC studio on Cameron Harvey Drive.

Dates/Time:  July 6th - 9th inclusive 2023.  9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Fees:  KAC members - $620.oo   Non-members: $655.00.

Registration  is limited.  Email the registrar at registrar@kac1.ca to register.   Registration will open on April 15th, 2023. 

Fees must be paid in full at the time of registration.  Kanata Art Club reserves the right to cancel a workshop where there is insufficient registration.  You will be notified and issued a cheque for a full refund. 

To withdraw prior to the start date, please contact the registrar@kac1.ca.  A cheque for a full refund less an administrative fee of $25.00 will be issued if a written request is received no less than 30 days prior to the start of the workshop, i.e., on June 6th, 2023.  There will be no refund issued for withdrawal requests received after June 6th, 2023, unless we are able to fill your spot from a waitlist.