Two architectural sketches by Mr. Seeley

Architectural Sketching

Date: June 16-18, 2017
Medium: Drawing
Instructor: Mike Seeley
Skill Level: All

This weekend workshop will explore various drawing techniques associated with architectural sketching. Subject matter will include a range of locations from building interiors, exteriors, detail studies and urban sketching. Students will develop an understanding of perspective methods suitable for quick on-site sketching and learn how to accurately represent scale and proportion. These techniques can be applied to any style drawing or sketching. All levels of skill from beginner to advanced are welcome.

Tuition does not cover the cost of supplies and materials. Many of the workshops require you to bring specific materials or tools with you.

Supply List

There is no required text for this course, but a list of excellent references and websites will be distributed in advance of the first session.

Sketchbook: minimum 65 lb smooth finish paper; recommended size 7" x 10" minimum to 9" x 12" maximum. Wirebound or "book-bound" is acceptable; instructor prefers wirebound Canson 7" x 10". Paper with high recycled content is not recommended. Other sketchbook brands and sizes are welcome, if you already have supplies or have good experience with other brands such as Moleskin, Aquabee, etc.

Recommended minimum drawing media supplies include

  • assortment of drawing pencils including grades B, 4B, and 6B
  • kneaded eraser or white plastic eraser (Staedtier Mars or equivalent)
  • assortment of pens: felt, brush, ballpoint, gel, marker
  • anything else you may want to experiment with - your choice! Color is encouraged.

Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $15-25*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

About the Instructor

Mike Seeley is engaged in a double career as an architect and artist, and his architectural and construction experiences are the specific sources for his art, particularly the intriguing ambiguity found on construction sites, when things are in transition between being demolition and construction. Mike is currently an adjunct instructor in Drawing at Miami University and works as an architect while maintaining an active painting practice.