Drawing the City

Among the highlights of the the American Institute of Architects’ recent Nevada Designs Conference was a Downtown sketching class led by Eric Roberts of SH Architecture and Matt Brehm, an art professor at the University of Idaho and a key player in the international Urban Sketchers movement. The conference took place at Downtown’s Fifth Street School, so the sketchers had plenty of material right outside the door. Here are some of the results of an hour on the town with pens, pencils and even watercolors in hand.

If you’re inspired, Roberts also hosts monthly “sketch crawls” Downtown, in accordance with the manifesto of the Urban Sketchers:

  • We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
  • Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
  • Our drawings are a record of time and place.
  • We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
  • We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
  • We support each other and draw together.
  • We share our drawings online.
  • We show the world, one drawing at a time.

For more information, visit the Urban Sketchers Las Vegas Facebook page.

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