Urban Sketching: Take to the Streets

A small group of sweaty architecture students fan out up High Street in Oxford, Ohio, take a seat on the sidewalk with makeshift drawing boards and sketch paper. We begin our first drawing assignment, draw a storefront window display. The reaction to this assignment was mixed, but mostly we were bewildered and a little annoyed. We thought we would be designing skyscrapers. Instead we were hot, uncomfortable, and just drawing, not to mention a bit of a spectacle. It was Urban Sketching, before it was a ‘thing’. The class continued, we all trekked around campus in all weather to sketch buildings and nature. We began to appreciate the craft and the skills it built in us professionally.

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