Reminder: Early Bird Registration for the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Chicago opens this Saturday. If you are planning to go, log in and register as soon as registration opens, because those passes go fast!
But you’ve got some homework to do before then, because there are 36 workshops, 30 demos and 5 lectures to choose from and you’ll want to read up on those descriptions, choose your workshops and demos (and perhaps choose a second one as a backup in case your first choice is full) and be prepared before Saturday.
Here are some links that might help:
Exact time and other details ( including a timesone convertor so you know exactly when registration opens) are on this page.
This page has a LOT of information. Workshop Schedules, Demonstration Schedules, and links at the bottom of the page to a description of each workshop.
Which brings up the question: Just how do you choose??
The short answer is, it’s hard. And for a good reason. You will probably find more than one workshop in each session that you really want to take.
Here’s some things that might help you pick your workshops.
- Is there an instructor you’ve always wanted to take a workshop from?
If there is, then you’re in luck, and your choice is easy. I find that if I’m interested in a certain instructor’s work or thinking process, then the subject of their workshop almost doesn’t matter. Some of the most amazing workshops I’ve taken are from instructors who don’t teach a particular technique or subject, but really make you think in new ways.
- Is there something you’d love to learn that lies outside of your current skill set?
Something you’re afraid to do? Don’t think you understand too well? Perspective? Drawing Buildings?? Drawing People??? Be brave, jump in and sign up for a workshop or two on the subject.
- Are you looking fresh ways to see something you currently know and do well?
Maybe you’re pretty good at something, say drawing buildings. But have you thought of looking at the work of instructors who approach that same subject very differently from you ? That’s a great way to expand how you express yourself.
- See workshop that looks like just too much fun? Take it.
- Can’t get into your #1 and #2 choices? (or your #3 and #4 ones too?) The good news is you still have LOTS of amazing workshops to choose from, with 36 instructors! Take a workshop you never thought you’d take. I bet you will learn a lot.
And don’t forget, sign up for demos and go to lectures too. And then there’s sketchcrawls too….
I’ll be teaching my workshop People Tell Tales: Using Action And Interaction To Tell Stories three times during the Symposium. And I’ll do a demo too.