Usk Chicago Part 4: Workshop at The Bean (and a free download)

Another year of teaching at the Symposium. And what a great location I taught at! Anish Kapoor‘s Cloud Gate, better knows as The Bean. A huge, reflective, you guessed it: bean-shaped sculpture that people can’t help but interact with.

Here are some sketches at The Bean done before and during the workshops.
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We started our workshop where I always like to start: with warmup gesture drawings to capture people full of action. We looked at what it takes to move our drawings from being static to being dynamic.
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static_dynamic1

Next, we focussed on capturing more elusive gestures and telling stories even through very quick sketches. Every participant was handed a little green sticky note shaped like a speech bubble. With their sketch, they wrote a very simple story into it.
story-bubble

With 3 workshops of really enthusiastic participants, we captured lots of really fun stories, with people doing handstands, taking selfies galore, pretending to hold up The Bean and many, many more stories. I wish I’d photographed some of their sketches, but taking photos is something I never find the time to do during a workshop!

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A big thank you to all the participants. It’s always an honor to teach at the Symposium, share my enthusiasm for urban sketching and people sketching in particular, and to learn from you.

Click this link to download my workshop handout.  It’s been designed to be printed double-sided on a letter-sized sheet and folded as a handout. So if you just view the pdf online, use the page numbers to make sense of how to read it.

Happy Sketching!

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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9 Responses to Usk Chicago Part 4: Workshop at The Bean (and a free download)

  1. rhodadraws says:

    Your BEAN sketches are wonderful! Thanks for sharing the handout for your workshop.

    Rhoda

    On Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 11:00 PM, Sketch Away: Travels with my sketchbook wrote:

    > Suhita Shirodkar posted: “Another year of teaching at the Symposium. And > what a great location I taught at! Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, better knows > as The Bean. A huge, reflective, you guessed it: bean-shaped sculpture that > people can’t help but interact with. Here are some sketc” >

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  2. Kate Burroughs says:

    Thanks for sharing your Bean sketches and the download of your handout.

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  3. bmweeks says:

    Thank you! So sorry we never had a chance to chat when you were in Chicago!

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    • Barbara, every year I promise to be better at hanging out an meeting and chatting, but it is so crazy at the Symposium. This year it was compounded by my being down with a bad cold and cough, so I taught, but I sketched far less than usual, and was in my hotel room a lot 😦 … Porto, perhaps?? Or maybe, maybe just locally sometime!

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  4. Thank you for your generous sharing of your handout! Another fabulous workshop, clearly inspiring so many! So sorry to hear about the cold you caught.

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  5. They are such fun to see; vibrant !

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  6. OK, so now I see how to paint The Bean – as only you could do – and you did a really great job!

    (Sorry, but I often binge blog read, and I read backwards by dates, so I read your latest entry first, not realizing you’d already accomplished what I thought couldn’t be well done – but you did it well!)

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  7. Wow ..,,great sketches

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