Apple Retail Stores Offering iPad Pro 'Sketch Walks' in Celebration of Urban Sketchers 10th Anniversary

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Apple is offering a series of "sketch walks" hosted by well-known artists to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Urban Sketchers, a global community of artists that are dedicated to on-location drawing.

Many artists who are members of Urban Sketchers have adopted the iPad Pro as a drawing tool of choice, including Uma Kelkar from San Francisco, Rob Sketcherman from Hong Kong, Don Low from Singapore, and Omar Jamarillo from Berlin, all of whom will be teaching the sketching classes.

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A member of Urban Sketchers for over four years, Rob has been creating artwork exclusively on iPad for just as long, and began drawing on iPad Pro in 2015 when it was introduced.

Rob says, "the flexibility [iPad Pro] offers fuels experimentation with line, texture and look, allowing any number of iterations. It's also very forgiving, expelling all fear of the dreaded blank page and of potentially 'ruining sketchbooks' in case an experiment goes awry."

All of the 10th anniversary sketch walks hosted by Urban Sketchers artists will take place on Thursday, November 30 at Apple retail locations around the world. Don Low will teach in Singapore, Rob Sketcherman will teach in Hong Kong, Uma Kelkar will teach in San Francisco, and Omar Jaramillo will teach in Berlin.

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Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Urban Sketchers with artist Uma Kelkar, and explore how to free yourself from the notion of art as an exact science. She'll demo her free-flowing process, which sets aside space, proportion, and even gravity to tell a complex story in unexpected ways. And you'll practice sketching overlapping vignettes to tell your own unique story with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.

Each class requires customers to bring an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil, along with comfortable shoes. Walks range from 0.5km to 2km.

Apple also offers several other classes dedicated to drawing and sketching on Apple devices, all of which are part of its "Today" program. The Today program allows Apple retail stores to offer classes on a wide range of subjects, providing help and instruction for customers of all skill levels.

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Top Rated Comments

Avieshek Avatar
39 months ago
Paper is the best.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
trusso Avatar
39 months ago

Paper is the best.

I'm not an artist myself, but I'll admit I can see the utility in being able to instantly change color swatches without lugging around an entire set of pencils/paintbrushes/what-have-you.

That said, I'm of your opinion. No technology can match the natural manner of simply putting ink to paper. We lose something when we forget that.

Paper is the past. Cut down trees can report to that.

I hear you, I really do. Nevertheless, I find it hard to buy the eco-friendly argument when it comes to modern technology. Who knows how much wood, coal, and oil was burned to supply the electricity to the factories where our "eco-friendly" devices are made? More than the equivalent that any of us use in a year, I am sure.

Don't get me wrong. I absolutely think we need to find more environmentally-friendly ways to practice stewardship of our precious Earth. But we've got to peer a bit deeper than most companies (or simply first-world citizens) would really want us to.
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cote32mt Avatar
39 months ago
It would be nice to know what apps are being used.
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