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8 August 16:00 - 19:00

This year Riga got UrbanSketching movement and we want to celebrate it with first UrbanSketching Summer School in Riga. UrbanSketchers Riga organise it together with artist from Indonesia Rudy Murdock. 

Everyone interested is more than welcome to participate, learn to sketch and support exchange of drawing practices from the other parts of the world. We hope this is a beginning of a beautiful tradition and we will organise second and third and… seventeenth (at least) UrbanSketching Summer School of Riga some day.

The legend behind the summer school is very simple and airy - as we want to continue. We had a conversation with Indonesian artist Rudi Murdock and he said that he would like to visit Riga some day. Some time later the idea of Summer School appeared and we saw how the dreams come true - Rudi can get to Riga and Riga can have the international plain air.


August 8, 2017

  • 16.00 - 17.00 - how to start sketching: tools, skills and techniques to make your first step in urban sketching? Marija Zjurikova
  • 17.00 - 18.30 - Simple ink sketching. Workshop by Rudy Murdock
  • 18.30 - 19.00 - snack break
  • 19.00 - 21.00 - learning sketch walk (Ink+watercolour). Mentored by all instructors

August 9, 2017

  • 16.00 - 17.00 - reasons to start regular sketching or psychological benefits of drawing. Choosing what to sketch. Agnese Aljena
  • 17.00 - 18.30 - Spontaneous sketching. Workshop by Rudy Murdock
  • 18.30 - 19.00 - snack break
  • 19.00 - 21.00 - learning sketch walk (spontaneous sketching). Mentored by all instructors

August 10, 2017

  • 16.00 - 17.30 - understanding architecture and perspective. Alina Beitane
  • 17.30 - 18.30 - postcard urbansketching. Workshop by Rudy Murdock
  • 18.30 - 19.00 - snack break
  • 19.00 - 21.00 - learning sketch walk (Perspective + street architecture in postcard) and grand finale. Mentored by all instructors

Participation fees:

  • 120 EUR - full workshop (fully booked)
  • 50 EUR - one day (fully booked)
  • 20 EUR - sketch walk

The materials:
We will provide all the basic materials for workshops and sketch walks, but if you wish you can take with you and work with your own. Here is a list, what you might need:

  • a paper (mixed media or watercolour paper is advisable)
  • a pencil
  • an eraser
  • brush or water brush
  • pens, preferably water resistant
  • watercolours

Rudy Murdock

Born in Semarang, Central  Java, Indonesia.  Artist-Freelance designer.
Since my first art exhibition in 1996, I have joined more than 25 visual art exhibitions, also my solo drawing: ALONE (the diary of  madman) 2009.
I enjoy working with mixed media, such as collages and acrylic on the fragments of illustration or even imaginary figure. I often choose random angles and  and blindly  decides various episodes, figures, imaginary creatures , symbols, and shapes embodiment to draw.
#1 winner  CNP Byon design 2007 Indonesia
#3 winner  International Art Festival ANIMA MUNDI 2014 Lithuania
Started urban sketching since 2013
I was served as co-chair  at International Semarang Sketchwalk 2016's organizing board

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Marija Zjurikova

Hi, my name is Masha Zurikova. I'm a freelance illustrator, painter and sketcher currently based in Riga, Latvia. I am convinced that beauty is everywhere. The most important thing is to be able to find inspiration in any ordinary event and to follow your heart. I am painting with oil and watercolors to show my vision of the natural beauty.  I make illustrations and fast sketches of everyday life. Urban sketching is very important part of my self-exploration and self-expression journey, that always reminds me to stay mindful and seize the moment.


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Agnese Aljena

I am a professional photographer (with some awards in Px3 since 2010), on my way to PhD, writing about value management in visual fine arts, in love with drawing for the last 4 years, started urban sketching in 2015 and joined postcard urban sketchers in 2016. I am learning to live slow, real and creative life. Sketching for me is a kind of meditation, joining with myself, with surrounding, immersing in the environment and coming back relaxed and more connected. Initiated UrbanSketchers movement in Riga in March 2017.

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Alina Beitane

I love to discover the world around me, especially in a visual way! Currently I study architecture at university, but I also have background in fashion design. So urban sketching is a perfect way for me to feel, understand and remember new places, meet nice people and get bright experience, it is beautiful way to relax as well. I also use urban sketching as a tool to analyze the urban environment - perspective, scale and materiality are my favorite topics! I will be glad to share my experience and make new discoveries together! 

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