Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #3

Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #3

The sharp angles of the Forte da Graça create high contrast shadows and defined planes, excellent setting for beginner and intermediate sketchers that want to study shading in their work. Os ângulos agudos do Forte da Graça criam sombras de alto contraste e planos definidos, um cenário excelente para desenhadores estreantes e intermédios que pretendam estudar sombras no seu trabalho. In fact, most of the town of Elvas is such a setting. The buildings are mostly utilitarian - grain mills, star forts and simple Alentejo popular architecture. The fort overlooks on the road…Read more
Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #2

Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #2

Traço '16, Elvas drawing festival's clever logo, designed by João Sequeira, manages to communicate both Portuguese and Spanish writing of the word traço (meaning line stroke, pronounced «trasso»), aiming for an Iberian audience. The four-day festival, that aims to become annual, successfully managed to gather sketchers, artists, illustrators, comic book authors, architects and designers, form both Portugal and Spain, in the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage site Forte da Graça. O logótipo do Traço '16, Festival de desenho de Elvas, criado por João Sequeira, consegue comunicar tanto a grafia Portuguesa como a Espanhola da palavra traço, apontando…Read more
Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #1

Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #1

The Graça Fort is a unique military architecture structure, built in the second half of the 18th century, under the Count of Lippe, as a means to secure the highest ground in the region, just north of the town. The strategic relevance of the Graça hill, where the fort was built, became evident about a century before, during the Restoration War, when the Spanish army bombarded the town of Elvas from the vantage point, some 60 meters above the town's castle. Its ramparts, moats and bastions are organized according to the star fort dutch model.…Read more
Pilgrims of Vila Boim / Romeiros de Vila Boim

Pilgrims of Vila Boim / Romeiros de Vila Boim

In celebration of the second edition of what is starting to become the Frontier Sketching Bienalle, AIAR, ADC organized a sketch meeting during the pilgrimage, in partnership with the Vila Boim Pilgrimage Association (ARVB). Celebrando o segundo ciclo do que se começa a assumir como a Bienal de Desenho da Raia, A AIAR, ADC, organizou, em parceria com a Associação de Romeiros de Vila Boim (ARVB), um encontro de desenhadores em plena romaria. The lost tradition of this pilgrimage was recovered by the people at ARVB, in an effort to preserve the tradition and the folklore of the region. The…Read more
Windowsketching in Elvas

Windowsketching in Elvas

Elvas, the archetypal Portuguese border town, was the stage of an Urban Sketchers Portugal meeting in the spring of 2013. Soon after, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although, a very important city and military outpost in days long gone, and despite the recent UNESCO status attribution, Elvas is still subject to the desertification process that haunts the country’s inland regions. As such, lots of stores are closed, abandoned, covered up in newspaper, waiting for better times. AIAR is a regional Association that confronts these challenges head-on, using the rich local culture…Read more
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