Activity 5: The Singapore Diaries: Your Story of the Symposium
Instructor: Richard Alomar (USA)
Location: National Design Centre
The Urban Sketcher International Symposium has become a significant event in the urban sketcher community. The opportunity to visit a special place, learn from and draw with talented sketchers form around the world is both exhilarating and daunting.
The Singapore Diaries will help newcomers and seasoned urban sketchers document their symposium experience for immediate use and future reference.
The goal of this activity is to introduce participants to sketching techniques and mapping practices that will help them document their 3 day symposium experience. The information, drawn and otherwise, will be collected in a physical sketchbook that could be used after the event to report and reflect on the symposium in analogue or digital formats.
- Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of mapping, diagraming and urban sketching.
- Participants will develop skills in rapid sketching, observational journaling, storytelling, and sketchbook composition.
- Participants will discuss a variety of formats and electronic platforms to observe, document and share their observations thoughts and work during the symposium and after they return home.
- Participants will present their diaries and talk about their symposium experience.
Participants will be given a diary sketchbook at the beginning of the symposium with a list of exercises to be done daily. The sketchers and instructor will meet in the morning before the symposium starts and in the afternoon, after the end of the last workshop, to discuss techniques, review work, document daily progress and plan for the next day’s work. At the end of the symposium a group of “Singapore Diarists” will show and talk about their sketchbooks and symposium experience.
Details and Schedule
Each participant will receive a “Singapore Diary”, small sketchbook (Muji 3”x 5” notebook, Moleskine 3”x 5”, for example) and a “Meet Singapore” card. The card has a list of three (3) tasks to be completed daily during the symposium and three (3) topics to be discussed when the group meets. The tasks and topics are recorded in the sketchbook.
The three (3) daily tasks are:
- A Sketcher’s Lunch: Let us know about your lunch. What did you eat? Who did you eat with? Where did you eat? Make a quick sketch of the food, place or the people. Collect a business card, receipt or map.
- Meet a Stranger: Meet and talk to at least one (1) urban sketcher. What’s their name? Where are they from? Can you take a look at their sketchbook? Write about the experience. Make a quick sketch of the person.
- The Cute and Strange: Record one (1) thing that you found fascinating during the day. What was it? Where was it? Who was with you? Make a quick sketch.
The three (3) topics are:
- Fast and Furious: We will discuss methods of quick recording, how to sketch and record a fleeting moment.
- Nothing Scared: It’s just ink, it’s just paper. We will discuss ways to make sketching less intimidating and accessible.
- Raw and Cooked: From Sketchbook to Blog. We will discuss scanning, reportage, blogging and ways of engaging in and with the sketching community.
- Singapore Diaries, Day 1.
- Morning (30 minutes prior to first symposium workshop session) Participants will receive their sketchbook and card, an introduction to the workshop and general instruction on what to do during the day. Duration: 30 Minutes.
- Evening (At the end of the last symposium workshop session) Review the day’s work. Present Fast and Furious. Duration: 1 Hour.
- Singapore Diaries, Day 2.
- Morning (30 minutes prior to first symposium workshop session) A short session to receive general instruction on what to do during the day. Duration 30 Minutes.
- Evening (At the end of the last symposium workshop session) Review the day’s work. Present Nothing Sacred and Raw and Cooked. Duration 1 Hour.
- Singapore Diaries, Day 3.
- Morning (30 minutes prior to first symposium workshop session) A short session to receive general instruction on what to do during the day and how to finalize the work for the sketchbook. Duration: 30 Minutes.
- Afternoon (At the end of the last symposium workshop session and prior to the sketch crawl photo) Review the day’s work. Organizing a presentation for a larger group of sketchers.