New June 14-16, 2019 - Line To Color Workshop in Orange County, CA

Line to Color Workshop is back this year with a return visit to Orange County, California.

Join us for a wonderful weekend of sketching and learning in San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Beach, California. Get inspired by the beautiful landscape and ruins of Mission San Juan Capistrano and waters of the Pacific Ocean. (Yes, Mission San Juan Capistrano is famous for the swallows who migrate to the mission every year.)

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 Orange County, the workshop will consist of a 2-hour keynote introductory session, three 3.5-hour work sessions, and a 2-hour sketch crawl conducted over a 3-day period starting Friday evening and ending Sunday afternoon. Topics will cover perspective, composition, the process of developing a sketch, and approaches to adding watercolor and value. Ideas introduced in this session will be demonstrated on site and practiced in the following sessions with one-on-one help from Frank and Gail.

The evening introductory session will be held at the offices of KTGY Architecture + Planning in Irvine CA. Sketching sessions will start on Saturday morning, at Mission San Juan Capistrano, with two small groups working simultaneously. Each group will have the opportunity to work with both Frank and Gail. 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 of color to the sketch; introducing watercolor, brush techniques, adding value and color to capture the quality of light and enhance the sense of spatial depth.

On Sunday, we will apply the approaches you learned on Saturday, with Frank and Gail being available for more one-on-one consultations with workshop participants. We will first start at Laguna Beach and then move to Lumber Yard Mall in the afternoon.

Learning Goals:

The Line:

1. Selecting a point of view: Detail, Fragment, Building, Setting
2. Composing the page: Where to start and how to proceed
3. Establishing spatial depth: Near and far

Moving to Color:

4. Watercolor and brush techniques
5. Values: Seeing and using tonal values to create depth and capture the quality of light
6. Strategies for applying color and limiting your palette

Workshop Schedule:

Friday June 14, 2019
Location:  KTGY Architecture + Planning
                17911 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 200
                Irvine, CA 92614

7:00–-9:00 pm  Meet and Greet, presentation        of concepts being demonstrated on site.                      

Saturday June 15, 2019
Location:  Mission San Juan Capistrano
                26801 Ortega Hwy,
                San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

9:00 am–12:00 pm:
Group A, demo composition and perspective structure, followed by directed exercises
Group B, demo watercolor values, colors, and approaches followed by directed exercises
12:00–12:30 pm: Group Review

12:30–1:30 pm: Lunch Break on your own

1:30–4:30 pm:
Group A, demo watercolor values, colors, and approaches followed by directed exercises
Group B, demo composition and perspective structure, followed by directed exercises
4:30–5:00 pm: Group Review

5:30 pm on:  If you have time to join us for some dinner, set aside the time.  We will look for a place that can take a large group.  Let Gail know you are interested.  (Everyone will pay their own.)

Sunday June 16th, 2019
Location: Laguna Beach 
Meeting Location will be confirmed on Friday Night

9:00 am–12:00 pm: Sketch time applying what you have learned with help from instructors
12:00 pm–12:30 pm: Review
12:30–2:00pm: Lunch Break

Afternoon Open Sketch crawl: 
This is open you can invite your friends to this.
Location: The Lumberyard Mall
                384 Forest Ave. 
                Laguna Beach CA 92651
2:00–4:00 pm: Sketch Crawl Lumberyard Mall
4:00–4:30 pm: Gallery, group photo and final remarks

Workshop Registration and Cost:  

Registration Cost: $260.00-registration deadline May 25, 2019

Cost includes entrance fee to San Juan Capistrano Mission.
Contact for registration forms, space availability and method of payment.
Limited USk Scholarships are available for students with proof of current student status.
Contact Gail Wong.

Email registration forms to:

Maximum number of Participants 28 
(minimum 24)

All levels welcome

Cancellation Policy:
In the event of too few registrations, all monies will be refunded. We are only able to provide refunds for participant cancellations up to May 31, 2019 with a cancellation fee of $35.00. No refunds for cancellations 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 on the Seattle Urban Sketchers blog at and

Gail Wong is currently a part-time Lecturer at University of Washington and has taught design drawing and sketching for 28 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 has been a past administrator for the Seattle Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Workshops Coordinator and is currently an officer on the Executive Board of Urban Sketchers. Her work is posted on the Urban Sketchers Blog, instagram: glwarc_seattle

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