#OneWeek100People2017

#OneWeek100People2017

Last week, Liz Steel and Marc Taro Holmes challenged sketchers worldwide to spend a workweek sketching one hundred people. Sketching people is definitely my thing. Whenever I venture out of it, I feel outside my comfort area. Lately I've been focusing mostly on urbanscapes, for work or work practice purposes, so the prospect of hunting down figures, faces and silhouettes for five days felt like holidays. Na semana passada. a Liz Steel e o Marc Taro Holmes desafiaram os desenhadores do mundo a passar uma semana de cinco dias a desenhar 100 pessoas. Desenhar pessoas é a minha cena. Quando me…Read more
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
Lisbonne, la visiter c’est l’adopter part #2

Lisbonne, la visiter c’est l’adopter part #2

After lunch, we rendezvoused under the triumphal arch at Rua Augusta with another group of sketchers that had attended Eduardo Salavisa's workshop in Casa-Museu Vieira da Silva, and also had a guest from abroad - Nathalia from Brazil. With renewed numbers and energy, the sardine-smelling group and the workshop group banded together, we sallied forth to explore the recently opened Terraços do Carmo (Carmo terraces), a set of public platforms on the foots of the Carmo convent ruins, shaded by the setting sun, with a view over the northern part of the historical center. Depois…Read more
Aljezur sketch meeting part #1

Aljezur sketch meeting part #1

In the northwest corner of Algarve, stands a small castle upon a steep hill. This castle, hailing from the Islamic era of the Iberian Peninsula, was used as a common granary for the town of Aljezur – or in its Arabic form, Al-Jazeera, the peninsula – a reference to the place’s medieval geography. According to the archaeologist Rui Parreira, this region was home to a Muslim warlord – ibn Qasi – who dreamed of his own kingdom. So he built a Ribat (fortified monastery) near the coast in Arrifana, made pacts with the…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