2019 Urban Sketching Workshop with Mark Vazquez-Mackay

Hello Everyone

You may remember that last summer I was in Mark’s Urban Sketching Workshop.    (See post from 2018 June 27)  Deb David was also in that workshop.  I am very pleased that Mark is offering the workshop again this June and July on Saturdays.  You can sign up for a package of 8, 4 or single classes.  Mark starts each workshop with a quick lesson, followed by plenty of individual instruction and attention throughout the day.  If you are interested, see his Web Site at https://www.studiovazquez-mackay.com/  Select Educational/Art Retreats, then Calgary Urban Sketching.  If link becomes broken Google studio vazquez-mackay.

Schedule (If raining, you will receive an e-mail with an alternative location.)

  1. An introduction to materials and process in Industrial Calgary June 1st -Meet on Bonnybrook RD, north of 34th AV SE
  2. Architectural perspective in the Beltline June 8th -Meet east side of the Lougheed House: 707 13th AV SW
  3. Historic buildings of East Village with texture and tone June 15th -Meet at the front doors of Bell Music Centre: 850 4th ST SE
  4. Organic architecture in the Central Library June 22nd -Meet at Lukes coffee shop in the ground level of the library facing 3st. SE
  5. People and Atmospheric perspective in Bridgeland July 6th -Meet in Bridgeland community Centre on the SW corner of Centre AV & 9th ST NE
  6. Quick capturing of urban organic structure in the West Village July 13th -Meet in the parking lot to the north of the former planetarium on 11th ST & 6th AV SW
  7. Composition on Stephen ave July 20th -Meet on the benches in front of Arts Commons: 205 8th AV SE
  8. Mark making in industrial Ramsey July 27th -Meet on the triangular corner of 16a ST & Bonnybrook RD SE

South Africa

Hello Everyone

South Africa is a lovely country to visit, especially as they don’t have any of this white stuff on the ground.  I only completed 2 longer sketches, as we were on the move quite a bit.  But……


…I purchased an accordion sketchbook, and did a 20 – 30 minute sketch each day, without fail.  I used colored felt tip pens, a different color for each sketch.  I have included some of my favorites.  For some sketches, I used two pages.

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Devonian Gardens

+9C outside, but plenty warm in Calgary’s one hectare botanical garden.  Among the trees and plants is also a 84 sq meter living wall, water features, koi pond, wooden masks, and a playground for the kids.  We were treated to people voluntarily playing the grande piano.  Lovely environment.

First sketched an area of the garden, then went back after coffee with the gang to practice sketching people.  Experimented with watercolor pencils, nice quick way to get color down.  Love doing one line gesture drawings.

For those of you not from Caglary, the average high at this time of year is +17C.



Calgary Urban Sketching Workshops

For the last 4 Saturdays I have participated in an Urban Sketching Workshop facilitated by Mark Vazques-Mackay and his wife Carmen.  Each day starts with a quick lesson from Mark, followed by plenty of individual instruction and attention throughout the day.

Here is a sampling of some of my sketches.

Week 1 – Sketching in a back alley in Kensington
Lougheed House
Week 2 – Inside Lougheed House



Week 2 – Outside Lougheed House
Week 3 – View from Bell Studio – Container Park
Week 3 – People Sketching at Bell Studio
Week 4 – From Plus 15 overlooking 1 ST SE

The next 4 lessons are Deep Skylines and Cityscapes in Bridgeland, Quick Capturing of Urban Organic Structures in West Village, Historic Buildings of Inglewood with Texture and Tone, and finally Mark Making in Industrial Ramsey.   It has been a blast, and I have learned so much.  If you wish to join us you can contact Mark thru his website Studio Vazquez-Mackay.