New Line to Color Workshop in Seattle April 22-25, 2016

Like any building, a sketch needs a good foundation. In this intensive workshop, architectural drawing instructors Frank Ching and Gail Wong will walk you through clear steps covering the complete process of making a sketch on location, from the time you draw the first line until you apply the last touch of color. Meeting at various locations in Seattle, the workshop will consist of a 2- hour keynote pizza dinner, 2 full days of sketch education and a 3.0 hour final sketch crawl with input from your instructors.  This event will be conducted over a 4-day period starting Friday evening and ending Monday mid day. 

We will start with a Friday afternoon meeting at Daniel Smith’s Store where we will have a manufacturing tour of Daniel Smith’s Watercolor operations led by the owner John Cogley.  Find out how the exquisite Daniel Smith Colors are created and made.  Katherine Taylor will talk about their Primatek Colors and you will be able to practice mixing and using colors at their mixing table.  From 5-7 pm we will have our Meet and Greet evening presentation/  pizza dinner with Frank and Gail.

Have fun learning in the industrial environment of Gas Works Park and the quirky artist neighborhood of Fremont.  Sketching sessions will start on Saturday morning, at a either Gas Works Park or Fremont, with two small groups working simultaneously. Each group will have the opportunity to work with both Frank and Gail for one full day. Frank will focus on line drawing as the basis for a sketch, considering the selection of a point of view, and establishing the basic perspective structure for a drawing. Gail will focus on the application and use of color in a sketch. She will introduce watercolor and brush techniques, how to add value and color to capture the quality of light,  sense of spatial depth and accent the focal point of your sketch.
On Sunday groups will switch instructors and locations.

Monday,  will be the first opportunity to meet as a whole group and work to put everything to together.  Test out what you have learned, get help and feed back from the instructors.  We will select a site from various iconic Seattle locations.  Either Pike Place Market, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Center and the Space Needle or South Lake Union Park and Museum of History and Industry.

Learning Goals:
The Line:
1. Selecting a point of view: Detail, Fragment, Building, Setting

2. Composing the page: Where to start, how to proceed

3. Establishing spatial depth: Near and far
4. Learning the basics of perspective
Using Color:
5. Familiarity with the use of watercolor and brush techniques
6. Seeing and using tonal values to create depth and capture the quality of light

7. Strategies for applying color and limiting your palette
8. Learning how to mix colors

Workshop Schedule:

Friday April 22, 2016
Location: Daniel Smith Store   
               4150 1st Avenue South
               Seattle, WA 98134

2:30–-3:30 pm  Manufacturing Tour of Daniel Smith Watercolor operations
3:30-4:00 pm Learn about Primatek Colors Katherine Taylor
4:00-5:00 pm Play at the Mixing Table
5:00-7:00 pm Keynote Presentation / Meet and Greet Pizza dinner

Saturday April 23, 2015

Location: Fremont/Gasworks Park
Group 1 Line with Frank - Fremont
Group 2 Color with Gail - Gasworks Park

9:00 am–12:00 pm    Guided instructions, short demos and Exercises
12:30–1:30 pm  Lunch Break on your own

1:30–2:30 pm  Instructor Demo
2:30-4:30 pm   Sketch time with instructor help

4:30–5:00 pm Review
6:00-7:30 Drink and Draw (Location to be determined.  This is optional but always fun…food and drink on your own)

Sunday April 24, 2015 
Group 2 Line with Frank - Fremont
Group 1 Color with Gail - Gasworks Park

9:00 am–12:00 pm    Guided instructions, short demos and exercises
12:30–1:30 pm  Lunch Break on your own

1:30–2:30 pm  Instructor Demo
2:30-4:30 pm   Sketch time with instructor help

4:30–5:00 pm  Review
6:00-7:30  Drink and Draw (Location to be determined. This is optional but always fun…food and drink on your own)

Monday April 25, 2015
Location TBD: Pike Place Market, Mohai, Seattle Center, Olympic Sculpture Park
9:00-12:00 pm  Sketch crawl with guiding input from Frank and Gail
12:00pm-12:30 pm  Final group gallery and pictures

Workshop Registration and Cost:
Price for workshop $285.00 via paypal

Contact Gail Wong  for registration forms, space availability and paypal link.

Maximum number of Participants 30 (minimum 18)
 All levels welcome

Registration Deadlines:

Registration and payment due by March 1, 2016.

Cancellation Policy:

In the event of too few registrations, all monies will be refunded less Pay Pal Fees (If paying by Paypal). 
 Cancellations up to March 22, 2016 will be refunded the full amount minus a cancellation fee of $35.00.  50% will be refunded if cancellations occurs after the 22nd to April 8, 2016 and no refunds after that date.

About the Instructors:

Frank Ching is Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, having recently retired after over 35 years of teaching. He is the author of numerous books on architecture and design, all published by John Wiley & Sons. His works have been translated into over sixteen languages and are regarded as classics for their renowned graphic presentations. Awards that Professor Ching has received include the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Design from The Nottingham Trent University; an AIA Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement; and a National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
You can see Frank’s work at:

Gail Wong is currently a part-time Lecturer at University of Washington and has taught design drawing and sketching for over 20 years. She was teaching under the leadership of Frank Ching for 16 years prior to his retirement. She is also a licensed and practicing architect in the State Washington focusing on residential design as well as architectural illustration. She was a blog administrator/coordinator for the Seattle Urban Sketchers and is currently Workshop Coordinator of the Urban Sketchers Workshop Committee and an Urbansketcher's correspondent.
You can see Gail's work at:


  1. Hello Gail, I like your blog very much and would like to translate some articles to the german language would you please conntact me I have written a message in FB-messenger. Or at my

    1. Hi Tine,
      Yes you can translate some of the articles to German. Can you send me a link to the when you do? Thanks, Gail