Tour: Urban Sketching: How to Make Places and Buildings Talk ·
  • Urban Sketching: How to Make Places and Buildings Talk
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Urban Sketching: How to Make Places and Buildings Talk

05.07.2020 - 11.07.2020 Greetsiel | Danny Hawk urban, sketching, drawing, watercolor, watercolour 899 EUR

Discover exciting urban sketching subjects and learn how to create atmospheric drawings of the places you’ve visited with vivid colors, an interesting composition and a combination city and nature.

With just a pencil, a fountain pen and a few watercolor pans, we’ll learn how to make our sketches “talk”. Through an array of practical exercises and on-site sketching, we’ll not only focus on architecture, but also foliage and skies as well as creative elements such as white space and text.

In particular, our course will deal with the following questions:
- How do I choose an interesting perspective to sketch from?
- How do I approach a complicated scene and pick the right subject to focus on?
- How do I design my page layout so that it’s balanced and lively?
- How can I play around with white space, outlines and skies to give my subject a new twist?
- What are easy ways to integrate trees and foliage into my sketches?
- How can I make my watercolors look vivid and create textures, shadows and depth?

Target group: Beginners with prior knowledge as well as advanced sketchers who would like to learn new techniques. Participants should be able to walk and possibly ride bikes for a while at a time.

Where we will sketch: Mainly outdoors on location. In case of bad weather, we’ll find shelter at our art studio or in a café with a view.


Hotel Hohes Haus

Just in the centre of the quaint town of Greetsiel, within close proximity to the harbour, there lies the memorial protected hotel “Hohes Haus”. This lavishly and lovingly restored historical house provides a comfort that makes you feel at home in no time. The hotel is family run which shows in the service that could not be more attentive and caring. As a guest of “Hohes Haus”, you will find elegant furnishing with comfortable beds, wooden furniture of high quality and en-suite bathrooms. From the hotel you will enjoy the most beautiful view with a unique atmosphere to the local market square and the harbour with its traditionally looking fishing boats. Your day will start with a rich breakfast buffet and in the evening, the hotel’s own restaurant “Upkammer” will provide you with East Frisian culinary delicacies. When it is warm, the wonderful terrace in the courtyard that offers a view to the old church, invites you to relax. What makes Greetsiel special is the old, historical harbour, being over 650 years old. Still today it harbours around 25 fishing- and crab cutter that put to sea to catch fish almost daily throughout the season.
In Greetsiel, nature and culture are just in front of the door. Added to that, the picturesque fishermen’s small town is an ideal point of departure for numerous outings to East Frisia or Emden.

Atelier: the seminar room right in the hotel

Next Airport: Bremen, Osnabrück

Hotel Hohes Haus