It’s hard to believe that after one year of anticipation, the Manchester USK symposium is over. It was an incredible four days – 480 sketchers from 44 countries, amazing city and lots of cold and wet weather.
I plan to write a separate article about my workshops once I get home, but in the meantime here is a quick summary of four incredible days.
It was extra special for me this year as many people who have done my online SketchingNow courses came up to say hello. Very very nice and super encouraging that my lessons are helping people!
Since Paraty a group of us have breakfast at 7am and go out sketching early. It is really hard to find the time (or have the energy) to sketch much when you are an instructor, so we love doing something just for ourselves at the beginning of the day.
My warmup sketch of the old Manchester School of Art building – done in under 30 minutes.
This day turned out to be the toughest teaching day I have ever hard. Not only did I have two 3.5 hour workshops of 16 people at a far distances from the symposium headquarters, but it rained, it was noisy and I was asked to vacate the area by security guards.
But I still managed to get through the material and we found enough settle for everyone. I will explain the workshop content in a separate article, but in summary I was really pleased with how the workshops went and impressed by the quality of the work produced. John Rylands Library is a very complex building!
If you didn’t do my workshop I will be teaching this content and much more in my upcoming online SketchingNow buildings course starting in September.
My hardy group of sketchers – thanks for hanging in there!
I was a bit tired and decided not to do the last exercise (draw a list) but instead I managed to gate crash Arno’s workshop on sketching 360 degrees. I have been developing a new approach to wide angle views (faceted pointless perspective – more soon!) so wanted a sub-10 minute overview of the 360 technique to see if it would help the ideas I have in my head. Will definitely give this a try when I am home as it looks a lot of fun! Thanks Arno!
I couldn’t stay to do a watercolour sketch of my own as it was time to rush back down to the School of Art for the second shift of the big crit. This is a highlight event in the programme where people get individual advice from a number of instructors. I love this session.
So many photos taken on the last evening but here are a few on my iphone: My great sketching buddies Paul and Pete, Frida from Norway (an old Flickr friend), Orn from Iceland (I still can’t get over how amazing to have people from all over the world doing my sketchingnow courses), Ed from Bath and Richard from Sydney!
To read other reports from the trip click here