Sketch Journal Workshop

Saturday May 28th (10:00 am) – Sunday May 29th (3:00 pm)

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John’s open sketchbook

Before photography became easy and accessible, travelers and artists used sketchbooks to record new places or study elements to be used in a subsequent composition.  And while taking photographs has never been easier, many people are returning to the practice of keeping sketch journals.   These are often very personalized drawings and notes, which emphasize impressions and character  over detailed documentation.  This requires focused observation and concentration, which deepens experiences and memories of a new place, or even familiar surroundings.

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Spanish Bar

Topics will include selection of subject, composition, visual editing and the use of line and colour.  The workshop will be structured as a rhythm of demonstrations, practice exercises and group reviews, to give participants the tools and confidence to create their own sketch journals.

Some participants may wish to arrive the evening before, and would be welcome to do so. The Saturday session will begin at 10:00. The last Sunday session will end at 3 pm. Saturday lunch and dinner, as well as Sunday breakfast and lunch, are included. Accommodation is available on site. See our facility listings for options.

About the instructor …

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Coffee, cake, and sketch

The workshop will be facilitated by and John Wright.  John is an urban sketcher and author of Drawn Along The Way, an account of the Camino de Santiago experience illustrated with his trip sketches.


$325 includes instruction, meals, and shared accommodation for Saturday night (extra $60 for private room or cabin). Participants will be expected to bring sketch books and drawing materials. HST extra.

If you’d like to come the night before, there’s an $80 charge (which includes a hearty breakfast on Saturday morning). HST extra.

For those wishing to come for the sessions but not requiring accommodation, the fee is $280 for sessions and meals for both days. HST extra.

Registration closes May 14, 2016.