Up Close and Far Away: Depth and Distance in an Urban Landscape

The Edmonds Waterfront is the perfect place to see and sketch a scene that conveys distance! —In this workshop we’ll explore ways to create a sense of depth and distance in your sketches. We’ll see how size, positioning and detail are effective ways to understand depth with some quick-sketch exercises, and then we’ll see how atmosphere affects our sense of up close and far away, and how to convey that with color and contrast.

Supply List
  • Sketchbook or spiral-bound sketchpad—suitable for wet media
  • Sketching pens with permanent (water-resistant) ink or sketching pencils if you prefer
  • Watercolors—portable palette with plenty of mixing area
  • Watercolor brushes—in a range of sizes
  • Water, water containers and rags
  • Optional materials—such as watercolor markers, colored pencils, white gouache
  • Folding stool
About the instructor

Virginia Hein

Virginia Hein is from Los Angeles, California, and she teaches sketching workshops in her hometown and other locations. A long-time urban sketcher, she has been honored to teach at four international Urban Sketchers Symposiums, and the upcoming Auckland Symposium. She has contributed her work to a number of books and other publications about location sketching. Her book “5 Minute Sketching Landscape”, was published in 2017, and she co-authored “The Urban Sketching Handbook Spotlight on Nature” with Gail L. Wong in 2022.

When: Saturday, July 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 pm. Check-in at Graphite Arts Center.