Foreign exchange workshop

Are you eager to sketch new places?
Are you not quite ready to travel and paint outside?
Want instruction from seasoned international instructors?

Then welcome to Foreign Exchange.

Studio Kelkar and Pedro Loureiro are teaming up to bring a set of workshop that will start online but end outdoors. We have 2 sets for you.

Our first set is Lisboa focused. (You are in the right place, keep reading)
Our second set is San Jose focused. (Sign up link – click here)
We use technology so that you can avail of instruction from both of us in one weekend. Look at the graphics to see how the 3, 2-hour sessions are planned.

The Lisboa focused workshop will begin Saturday afternoon in the comfort of your house, where Uma will instruct from her home town of San Jose over Zoom. Later in the day, Pedro will take you to the old town of Lisboa (link) to use the tools that you learned from Uma a few hours earlier. He will of course add his flavor to her teachings in-person. The next day, we reconvene for an on-location workshop with Pedro as the in-person instructor and will have a booth setup where Uma can Zoom chat with anyone who needs 1-1 instruction. We will have a system in place so no one person overuses Uma’s 1-1 time.

In Lisbon time (GMT+1) 
Sat, June 5, 2 pm – 4 pm, Uma teaches via Zoom
Sat, June 5, 7 pm – 9 pm, Pedro on location
Sun, June 6, 2 pm – 4 pm, Pedro on location, Uma on Zoom
And still some time to relax in the late afternoon.

Our common strengths:
Introverted instructors who can talk a lot about painting. Both use watercolor, ink and pens and are avid urban sketchers. Both volunteer with urban sketchers in varying roles other than that of Urban Sketcher instructors.

Our differentiating strengths:
Where Uma is a shape painter, Pedro is a line artist. Even his complex drawings appear clean and this skill is reflected in his vocabulary and in-person teaching as well. Uma is well acquainted with Almaden Lake and feels she can show you beauty in the sometimes stark vegetation around the lake. Starting with line and moving to shapes or vice-versa will inform choices one makes. Foreign Exchange workshops will provide options for tackling the same plein air spot.

We will follow all the county restrictions and social distancing mandates.

* All times mentioned are Western Europe (GMT+1).
* Zoom link will be shown upon registration.
* 24 hours before the workshop, Zoom link will be once again sent to the email address with which payment is made. Don’t forget to check that inbox!
* One 2 hour class: €55
* All three 2 hour classes: €165
* Payments accepted through PayPal or MBWay
* For registration, please contact me at

Material list:

  • Paper: Watercolor sketchbook, pad or loose watercolor paper. Tape/clip loose paper on a flat support. Prefer fine grain, and cold pressed. Make sure that your sketchbooks can open flat. Otherwise bring clips to hold down pages of your study book.
  • Brushes: Watercolor round brushes, size 12, 6, 2. If you are using squirrel mops: size 2 alone works. Pedro will be working in a sketchbook too, so large washes are not expected.
  • Spray bottle: Used to keep washes and paints moist in hot weather.
  • Pigments: Raw sienna, Burnt sienna (brown), Cobalt blue, Ultramarine blue, Payne’s Grey, Sap or Olive green, occasional colors: Winsor Yellow  and Alizarin Crimson.
  • Pen: Nib pen with waterproof ink, or pigment fineliners
  • Pencil: 2B lead or softer, for thumbnails and studies
  • Eraser: Don’t bring one

Darth Vader #sixfanarts challenge

Sped up process of a watercolor I did for the #6fanarts #sixfanarts challenge. Darth Vader is arguably the ultimate fiction villain of the 20th and 21st century, even though he lived a long time ago, in a galaxy far away. Twisted and evil, more machine than man, Vader’s inner conflict drives a great part of the action in the Star Wars saga, and carries one of the most interesting character developments of all the films. Lord Vader was suggested by Instagram user @luismhpombo

40 x 30cm Arches 100% cotton watercolor paper 300gsm fine grain

Processo acelerado de um desenho em aguarela que fiz para o desafio #6fanarts #sixfanarts. Darth Vader é o vilão de ficção mais icónico dos séculos XX e XXI, apesar de ter viivdo há muito tempo atrás, numa galáxia longínqua. Retorcido e perverso, mais máquina que homem, o conflito interno de Vader conduz grande parte da acção na saga da Guerra das Estrelas, e carrega um dos mais interessantes desenvolvimentos de personagem de todos os filmes. Lorde Vader foi sugerido pelo utilizador do Instagram na um vilão que quer roubar a lua, mas encontra a redenção no processo. Gru foi sugerido por @luismhpombo

40 x 30cm Arches papel 100% algodão 300g/m2 grão fino

Gru #sixfanarts challenge

Sped up process of a watercolor I did for the #6fanarts #sixfanarts challenge. Gru is a villain intent on stealing the moon, but finds redemption in the process. Gru was suggested by @elizaveta__smirnova_

29 x 21cm Etchr watercolor sketchbook 300gsm fine grain

Processo acelerado de um desenho em aguarela que fiz para o desafio #6fanarts #sixfanarts. Gru é um vilão que quer roubar a lua, mas encontra a redenção no processo. Gru foi sugerido por @elizaveta__smirnova_

24 x 14.5cm Etchr Perfect Sketchbook 300g/m2 grão fino

Boris Johnson #sixfanarts challenge

Sped up process of a watercolor I did for the #6fanarts #sixfanarts challenge. Boris Johnson is the current prime minister of the UK. His wacky demeanor might conceal a Machiavellian intelligence. No matter if planned or improvised, his tactics of wit and confusion appear to be the political weapons of choice of the current era. Boris was suggested by coworker @zecavargas

24 x 14.5cm Etchr Perfect Sketchbook 300gsm fine grain

Processo acelerado de um desenho em aguarela que fiz para o desafio #6fanarts #sixfanarts. Boris Johnson é o actual primeiro-ministro do Reino Unido. O seu comportamento excêntrico pode ocultar uma inteligência maquiavélica. Não interessa se são planeadas ou improvisadas, as suas tácticas de charme e confusão parecem ser as armas escolhidas da era política actual. Boris foi sugerido pelo colega de trabalho @zecavargas.

24 x 14.5cm Etchr Perfect Sketchbook 300g/m2 grão fino

Riga Sketching Interview

Masha and Agnese are the great minds behind the Urban Sketchers Riga. I, and many other artists and instructors have witnessed first hand their incredible dedication to spreading the practice of sketching in the Baltic States. Their latest initiative, the Riga Sketching School gathers online workshops, interviews and other activities that you can watch or sign up to. I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Agnese last month, and share how my art has progressed throughout the pandemic of the Covid-19 virus. Watch mine and other interviews on YouTube or on the Riga Sketching School website.

A Masha e a Agnese são as grandes mentes por trás dos Urban Sketchers Riga. Eu, e muitos outros artistas e formadores testemunhámos em primeira mão a incrível dedicação que depositam em espalhar a prática do desenho nos Países Bálticos. A sua última iniciativa, a Riga Sketching School junta oficinas online, entrevistas e outras actividades disponíveis para ver ou inscrever. Tive o prazer de ser entrevistado pela Agnese no mês passado, e partilhar a forma como a minha arte tem progredido pela pandemia do virus Covid-19. Vejam a minha e outras entrevistas no YouTube ou no site da Riga Sketching School.