Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Five Minute Sketches, WIP

I assigned Tuesday's watercolor classes a little warm up exercise: Take your sketchbook out for a 5 minute sketch. Use any simple tool you like, pen, pencil, etc. Take 5 minutes to find a subject, 5 minutes to sketch and 5 minutes to return to the classroom and share your sketches. It was raining, so just a few chose to brave the cold damp weather outdoors for 5 minutes. The rest chose to spread out all around the interior of the building, sketching what they saw out the windows. I was so impressed by what they did. I think they even surprised themselves! (Sorry, I didn't take a photo of their sketches.)
My five minute sketches from Tuesday, ready for a touch of color and narrative after breakfast today.
Towards the end of the day, I discovered this ingenious little light well with its own pocket garden, flower pots ready and waiting for spring, and a Tuscan mural to cheer up those looking out from the windows on the opposite wall. I only had time to do the ink sketch, planning to add watercolor pencil and ink wash later.
A light well hides a secret garden.
My 5 minute sketch with the Sharpie Pen after class.
Here's the result of some simple color and ink washes on the secret garden sketch. I have time lapse video demo on my Instagram feed of the color/wash process. See link in right column.
See my Instagram feed @michelecooperart for a time lapse video of process of adding color.
I managed to get a few trophy shots of my other two 5 minute sketches (see below)
Afternoon sketch. Looking straight across the alley at the cracked wall and weathered window on the next building.
I had planned to go outside and was headed for the elevator for my first sketch when an unusual appliance in the parking lot caught my eye out the second floor window.
I have no idea what this is....maybe a refrigeration unit? But what fun to draw!
I started on the right hand side of my Pentalic Aquajournal in the morning, then added sketches in the afternoon and after class.
Tuesday am sketch demo (right side) and pm sketch (left side)
I have a heading, 2nd FLOOR, but still haven't decided what my narrative will be for the rest of this two page spread in my visual journal. I will post it here when it's finished.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Abandoned Art drop Tomorrow, Which One?

Which one should I leave at the Grand Avenue Marketplace?
Here are some examples that I demonstrated for my watercolor classes this week, while encouraging my students to make progress in their watercolor skills by working in a series. They’re all 5x7” hand painted watercolor mixed media greeting cards.
Get your vote in on my Instagram @michelecooperart and then come sketch with Seattle Urban Sketchers from 10-12:30pm. 
I will drop one of these cards sometime during the sketch outing at Grand Avenue Marketplace. Once I’ve abandoned it, I will post a hint on my Instagram feed. I’ll tweet @michelecoopart  Find it and it’s yours!
Details about the outing here on the SeattleUsk blog.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Winter Workshop Day Two

Looking over the Great Wall of Art and final projects on day two.
If every expert was once a beginner, then these beginners will  be experts in no time. Just look at all the work they did this weekend! What a great group!
Congratulations, Krista! You won the drawing!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Introduction to Watercolor workshop day one

Here's the classroom during lunch break after a morning of learning new techniques in watercolor at Kirkland arts Center. We are just  getting started in the Winter Introduction to Watercolor workshop.
Projects at the end of Day One

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Free Kickoff Event at Daniel Smith, Inc on March 3–Join Us!

I am honored to be teaching one of the workshops for beginners. 
For the second year, USk Seattle is taking part in 10x10, the worldwide initiative to offer educational workshops wherever sketchers live. Launched in celebration of Urban Sketchers’ 10th anniversary in 2017, the program brings a variety of courses on urban sketching techniques taught by talented local instructors in their home cities.

All workshops are on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration begins Sunday, March 4, 2018, 9 a.m. The cost is $60 each.
UPDATE: My workshop May 19, 2018 (#8 First Steps into Visual Journaling) is FULL
Wait list taken. Please send your request to , and you will get a response regarding your status on the list. 

A free Program Kickoff Event will be held March 3, 4:30 p.m., at Daniel Smith’s Seattle store. (Although the kickoff is free, registration is required.) Meet the instructors, see their sketchbooks, and learn about the workshops before registering. The kickoff will be followed by an unhosted, informal “drink & draw” at a nearby location, which will be another opportunity to talk with instructors who attend this optional event. Hope to see you there!

Street corner sketch by Michele Cooper 
Please see the Seattle blog for workshop details and registration information.