An evening of lectures in Gaia

An evening of lectures in Gaia

Tiago Cruz is a natural speaker and teacher. After a wine tasting session on the south bank of the Douro, the Urban Sketchers Portugal Norte sketch meeting proceeded inside the Porto wine cellar Calem for a couple of lectures, the first being Tiago's "O Nós e os Cadernos: o diário em ‘Diário Gráfico". The thought-provoking themes we were discussing earlier across the bridge, were now tossed to the public realm, stirring a debate on the private and public nature of the graphic journal, on the secret and exhibitionist aspects of our drawings and…Read more
Graphic journalism workshop / Oficina de jornalismo gráfico

Graphic journalism workshop / Oficina de jornalismo gráfico

During the past few weekends, Eduardo Salavisa, sketcher, and Alexandra Prado Coelho, journalist, have been teaching a graphic journalism workshop in Museu Bordalo Pinheiro in Lisboa. The workshop is inspired on the weekly column "Crónica Urbana" printed in Público, where a journalist writes a chronicle to be coupled with a sketch done on site by an illustrator. Durante os últimos fins-de-semana, o Eduardo Salavisa, desenhador, e a Alexandra Prado Coelho, jornalista, têm estado a leccionar uma oficina de jornalismo gráfico no Museu Bordalo Pinheiro em Lisboa. A oficina é inspirada na coluna semanal "Crónica Urbana" do Público, em que um jornalista escreve uma…Read more
Learn to teach

Learn to teach

March was a month invested in education. I enrolled in a Certified Pedagogy Course that enables its graduates to become certified instructors. It starts out by everyone preparing and doing a 10-minute long presentation on any subject they feel comfortable with. Everyone gets to see the presentation recordings and comment on them. Afterwards, the class embarks on a month-long voyage exploring several subjects on pedagogic and evaluating techniques, on digital assets, on establishing goals and learning how to empathize with different kinds of classes and individual students. Each module adds a little bit of knowledge…Read more
Lisboa in the turn of the century

Lisboa in the turn of the century

The 20th century, that is. Lisboa City Hall is promoting an activity amongst the Portuguese Urban Sketchers community that focuses on a list of 19th to 20th century threatened buildings. The aim is to attract attention to these buildings, alerting the civil society about the dangers of letting these gems perish. My contribution to the common effort is a portrait of a former industrial building known as "A Napolitana", a pasta factory, built in 1908, in the industrial area of Santo Amaro. It's one of the first examples of food production mechanizing and one…Read more
The historical downtown of Lisboa under discussion

The historical downtown of Lisboa under discussion

On the 21st of April, the Central Bank of Portugal, together with GECoRPA - A business organization dedicated to heritage, and ICOMOS - International Council on Monuments and Sites, held a full-day conference about the future of the Baixa Pombalina, the historical downtown of Lisboa, as a potential UNESCO world heritage site. The application process seems to be stuck in the meanders of political maneuvers and no one has the full picture as to what is actually going on. The conference's mission was to put everything in evidence and in perspective to everyone involved directly or…Read more
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