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Drawing the Built Environment

Date: June 15-17, 2018 (Summer)
Medium: Drawing and mixed media
Instructor: Mike Seeley (email)
Skill Level: All

A weekend workshop exploring and developing architectural and perspective-based sketching skills, using a large-format sketchbook and mixed media. All levels of skill from beginner to advanced are welcome, and evaluations of progress will be adjusted based on an individual’s previous experience. Subject matter will include a range of locations from building interiors, building exteriors, architectural detail studies, “urban sketching”, and landscape features.

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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

  • Sketchbook: Wirebound hard-cover sketchbook, size 11” x 14” or 14” x 17”, heavyweight 98-lb minimum mixed-media paper weight suitable for both wet and dry media. (Cost approx. $15 - $25) 
  • Pencils: Soft grades are best (2B, 4B, 6B) for graphite; colored pencils added at student’s option. Add a mechanical click-type pencil for detail work. (Cost approx. $5.00)
  • Erasers: I recommend the white Staedtler-Mars type. Avoid cheap pink ones. (Cost approx. $1.00)
  • Sharpener: Any decent inexpensive hand-held type is fine. (Cost approx. $3.00)
  • Pens: Assortment of markers, fine-line felt pens, ballpoint, etc. (Cost approx. $1.00 each; student’s choice)
  • Charcoal: Soft-grade pencil or fat sticks. (Cost approx. $3.00/pack; student’s choice)
  • Small straightedge, 6” maximum. A pocket-size clear acrylic triangle is fine. Dimensioned ruler not required. (Cost approx. $$3.00)
  • Wet media: Student’s choice; could include watercolor, acrylic, gouache, and ink.

Recommended Sources

  • Miami University Bookstores
  • Michael's Craft Stores
  • Hobby Lobby
  • DickBlick.com
  • Any other online discount art supplies store

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: TBD*

*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 visual imagery 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.