jeudi 14 janvier 2021

Usk Talks avec Marielle Durand, 1HOUR 1KM, c'est dimanche 17 janvier à 16h!

 [ par Urban Sketchers Paris ]

Nous vous donnons rendez-vous pour l'épisode 3 de Usk Talks avec Marielle Durand, "1HOUR 1KM", dimanche 17 janvier à 16h.

Ne la manquez pas, il y aura aussi Thierry Chehab de Usk Lebanon. Ils seront interviewés par le formidable Rob Sketcherman. C'est sur You Tube, abonnez-vous à Urban Sketchers!

A dimanche!

mercredi 13 janvier 2021

USkTalks S2E1: USk Paris - Together Through Lockdowns and Beyond / PART 2

 [ par Urban Sketchers Paris ]

During the exhibition of drawings by children from Secours Populaire at the Panthéon, a curator from the Conciergerie in charge of the event "Nos prisons imaginaires" for the Centre des monuments nationaux suggested that we participate in this event which takes place during the drawing art fair « Drawing Now ». The idea was to install surfaces to be painted the size of a prisoner's cell, i.e. nine square meters, and that three artists representing the average number of prisoners per cell create a work on the theme "Our imaginary prisons". First of all, as Urban sketchers, we decided to build a work based on our observation on location to reflect a reality. To do this, we had to be able to go into a prison and organize drawing workshops with prisoners. With Marion we met the director of the one and only prison in the heart of Paris called, La Santé. Bruno Clément Pétremann, who was very much in favour of the project, gave us permission to organize sketching workshops in the morning with inmates from an open part of the prison. And in the afternoon to go and draw the different areas of the prison: the walking yards, the cells, the corridors...
Considering that the opportunity was extraordinary, we formed an expanded team of talented, solid and motivated Parisian Urban Sketchers: Claire Archenault, Mat Let, Marielle Durand, Tula Moraes, Marion and myself. We also invited a photographer Carole Charbonnier and a video artist David Rivolier who accompanied us to keep track of the unique context in which the drawings were made.

Before starting our workshops, we all received special training to adjust our behavior to our intervention in detention. There are codes and conventions to be respected. We asked Canson and Faber Castell France to give us drawing supplies. Each instructor had to prepare a specific workshop for each session: perspective, moving characters, self-portrait, portrait... 
Then we installed all these drawings, those of the inmates and ours, on a reconstructed plan of the prison and the streets surrounding it during a performance that took place over 5 days at the Conciergerie in Paris, taking turns to fix the drawings and paint around them building ans skyes. This work was exhibited to the public for 15 days at the Conciergerie where the Museum of the French Revolution is located. 

First of all, discovering a prison reality is a shock. An inmate spends an average of 22 hours out of 24 locked up with two fellow inmates in a 9 square meter cell. If the outside world does not come to them, they are in a dark and desperate world in which it is difficult not to go mad. The coming of our team with this drawing and exhibition project was very warmly welcomed by the prisoners. A little shy at the beginning with their notebooks and pencils, where they had the impression to fall into childhood, very quickly they realized the interest of the sketch to tell their world in drawing, their reality. Drawing gave them strength and, above all, fixed their daily life on paper and left them a testimony, as they were deprived of a camera and a telephone. 

In the perspective of the exhibition, the moment when they chose their artists' names and to sign their drawings was a high point. 

In a prestigious historical site, La Conciergerie, the oldest house of the kings of France, and prison where Queen Marie Antoinette was incarcerated, we were able to present to the public the drawings that depict the reality of prison confinement. It is a way to reweave the link between the forgotten of a dark world and society. A first step towards probation and reintegration. For our democracies, it is a question of not simply monitoring and punishing convicts, but also of awakening their conscience, revealing them to the best of their ability to reintegrate as well as possible. Artistic practice is a benefit in this sense. To better endure the sentence, but also to reveal oneself to oneself. 

The prospect of being exposed as artists in their own right made them feel a great sense of pride. When we showed them the work they had done, they were all happy to have done a work with us that was worthy of being shown in a museum. This gave them a form of self-esteem. A consideration. 
For the sketchers it was an extraordinary human and artistic adventure. That of entering a closed, secret and forbidden world. And that of forging links with people rejected by society and yet who have no choice. 
During the realization of the work on the ground, it is very physical to paint on 9 square meters. Without the meticulous preparation of Marion Rivolier who is a scenographer, our interventions on the ground would have been more chaotic and especially more acrobatic. Thanks to her and the whole team of sketchers involved psychologically and physically in the project from the start to the end. 
Our workshops have been so successful with both inmates and guards that the management asked us to think about new interventions after this summer. This great humanity adventure continues. And we are very proud. 
The huge art piece, "Voyage autour de ma cellule" (Journey around my cell), is now exhibited inside the prison so that inmates can see it in real life and not only a paper reproduction. Given its size, this is a holy project!

The most important for us is the sharing of practice beyond meetings with different audiences who do not have access to this practice, such as the most deprived, migrants, prisoners, the disabled ..... To draw could help them to go beyond their conditions and offer them a new perspective. For us, the exchanges are deeply rich from an artistic and human point of view. We give but we receive a lot!
Whatever the projects and proposals, we are always ready to learn from the solidarity experiences that are offered to us. As Urban Sketchers, our practice becomes a social commitment.

This only exists because we are a fantastic team, full of energy, supportive, reliable and responsive.

Thank you very Urban Sketchers, Rob & the Usk Talks team for this wonderful interview!

Watch the Usk Talk on You Tube (-;


dimanche 10 janvier 2021

USkTalks S2E1: USk Paris - Together Through Lockdowns and Beyond / PART 1

 [ par Urban Sketchers Paris ]

Our chapter is special because we are always aware to create events or to push new projects proposed by Usk. We have an energic team who wants to do things for the community of sketchers.


Urban Sketchers Paris was created eleven years ago by Kim Marhon. I (Marion) met the group in 2012 (two thousand twelve) during a sketchcrawl. Straight away, I actively participated in the group's activities, especially the meetings and the blog. Around 2014, I became the leader of the group, the “grand manitou” as Brigitte says! I organized events and exhibitions (musée Carnavalet, cité de l’archi where I met Brigitte, musée Rodin, Usk 10 years anniversary, etc) and 3 years ago, as an official Usk instructor, I organized the Usk 10x10 during two years.
Brigitte: On my side I joined the Usk Paris group in 2013 and proposed mainly meetings with sketchers in famous Parisian bookstores with events like exhibition, publication. In 2019, I decided to get involved in the social sphere and wanted to propose solidarity actions with USK Paris. This common desire with Marion matched with the Urban Sketchers Grant Program.

Two years ago, we started to work with the Secours Populaire, a non-profit association with the mission of acting against poverty and exclusion in France, to create a workshop program for children. I proposed several courses about “CAPTURE THE SPIRIT OF ARTWORK IN A MUSEUM SPACE”. We wanted to take the children (from 6 to 12 years old) to museums and make them discover works through drawing. We would like to create a meeting, a look, and a sharing between children and a cultural place.

After weeks of organization, with six volunteers, we started the project in April 2019, without the grant, with four courses at the Panthéon, an historical place in Paris. It was a good training to learn about this new way of teaching children and we finished the year with an exhibition of children’s works inside the Panthéon: A huge pride for them and their parents!

From that, we went at Musée Guimet, an Asian arts museum, where we celebrated the Usk Grant program with two amazing workshops about Asian art. Early 2020 (two thousand twenty), we were at Cité de l’archi and Palais de Tokyo. We also participated in other events with Secours Pop: distribution of gifts or a day at the sea where we drew these moments spent together. Moreover, we are in the process of making a calendar with Le Secours Populaire which will be distributed to partners and volunteers.

Unfortunately due the pandemic crisis, we stopped this project, twice, in March and in October. To do something anyway, we designed printed newsletters that were distributed with food aid packages. So the children could draw a bit of their home if they wanted to.

We want now to warmly thank our incredible volunteers team : Mat Let, Claire Archenault, Sylvie Lehoux, Tula Moraes, Stéphanie Senez, Elise Robineau, Marta Fonfara, Sai Sai, and Marielle Durand. Carole Charbonnier for the beautiful pictures she made during the workshops.

We want to thank our partners :  Canson paper and Faber Castell France  have offered the drawing material for all the workshops since the beginning. And of course the cultural places who welcomed us.

Watch the Usk Talk on You Tube (-;

jeudi 7 janvier 2021

USK TALK EP1 - S2 / THE CHALLENGE : Paint your window view

 [ par Urban Sketchers Paris ]

Step 1
Sketch what you see at your window outside.
Direct watercolor is better to get a depth effect at the end.
Start very lightly with diluted colors like a clear juice.

Second Step
Bring details with deep colors very bright in the foreground
For the building windows payne grey is great and phtalo green also .
Bring values and Shadows.

Step 3

Draw the windows frames
With a small brush and a very dark color that you get mixing: brown, indigo and red. Even if your window is clear, against the light it looks dark.
Don’t forget all little details: cremonese, handles… to put light inside use the reserve paper.

Step 4
to finish your sketch and give the feeling you are behind the glass:
Create the reflect of the window, using a big brush (a real one not a reservoir brush, it is very important) and on a very dry sketch put a blue phatlo deluted brushstroke . As if you are washing tiles. Don’t be afraid, you must have a decided gesture. After drying the blue color will be very light. Reflect must not be too regular, some parts must stay clean.

Enjoy and share your drawing on Instagram with  @uskparis @blannaudlevy @marion_rivolier

mercredi 6 janvier 2021

USkTalks S2E1: USk Paris - Together Through Lockdowns and Beyond

[ par Urban Sketchers Paris ]

L'épisode 1 de la Saison 2 de Usk Talks est disponible sur la chaîne You Tube de Urban Sketchers.
Brigitte Lannaud Levy et Marion Rivolier y parle des projets avec Le Secours Populaire et le Centre Pénitentiaire Paris La Santé.
Merci à Urban Sketchers et à l'équipe incroyable des Usk Talks pour cette magnifique opportunité de présenter nos projets à la communauté.

samedi 2 janvier 2021

Usk Talk c'est dimanche 3 janvier à 16h sur You Tube !

 [ par Urban Sketchers Paris ]

Une bonne nouvelle pour commencer l'année 2021 avec énergie, chaleur et partage:

Urban Sketchers Paris sera mis à l’honneur dans l’épisode 1 de la Saison 2 de Usk Talk conçue et animée par Urban Sketchers.
Marion Rivolier et Brigitte Lannaud Levy seront interviewées par le fabuleux Rob Sketcherman. Notre ami Dwa parlera aussi de l’accueil dont il a fait l’objet à Paris et de son expérience parisienne.

C’est dimanche 3 janvier à 16h en direct sur la chaîne YouTube de Urban Sketchers. Abonnez-vous avant le live et regardez-nous en direct !

Nous parlerons notamment des projets éducatifs avec le Secours Populaire et le centre pénitentiaire Paris La Santé.

A bientôt.