Outdoor sketching on the Pyrenees


Enrique Flores
(above, Enrique Flores)

About 70 sketchbook enthusiasts from Spain, Portugal and Italy gathered in the northeaststern Spanish city of Jaca in September to attend De vuelta con el cuaderno (Travelling with a sketchbook).

A three-day summer workshop organized by the Summer University of Zaragoza in Jaca and the Instituto de Enseñanzas Artísticas Superiores de Aragón and attended by people with different backgrounds: not only architects, designers and illustrators but also teachers, a chemical, a firefighter and a dentist.

A sign that sketching transcends the confines of any particular occupation: the universal language of drawing quickly brought this group together for an unforgettable experience, exploring the streets of Jaca with sketchbooks in thier hands. They drew the people, the architecture, the panoramic views of the Pyrenees and every detail of the urban landscape that caught their attention. The schetckbooks where shown at an exhibit closing the event.

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The seminar, coordinated by Clara Marta, who teaches artistic drawing at the Escuela Superior de Diseño de Aragón, featured morning classes by a top-notch panel of speakers: Portuguese author and educator Eduardo Salavisa, whose book "Diários de Viagem" is on its third printing; Italian architect and illustrator Simonetta Capecchi, curator of In viaggio col taccuino an annual sketchbooks exhibit in Naples, two Madrid illustrators, Antonia Santolaya and Enrique Flores (in the picture, drawing), a prolific author of travel sketchbooks and regular contributor of Spanish newspaper El País; Seattle-based journalist and illustrator Gabriel Campanario, whose illustrated column "Seattle Sketcher" appears at The Seattle Times; and Barcelona-based French illustrator Lapin, who shared his travel sketchbooks from recent trips to the United States, including his secret wedding in Las Vegas, and biking from the Mediterranean to the Baltic Sea. All of them are Urban Sketchers members, a success network created in november 2008 by Gabriel Campanario.

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