PEN & INK WASH: A Classicist’s Approach to Free Hand Drawing

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PEN & INK WASH: A Classicist’s Approach to Free Hand Drawing

Feb 27, 2021 9:00 am - 11:00 am


Please join the ICAA Northwest & ICAA Chicago-Midwest Chapters in welcoming Michael Richard Harris for a discussion and demonstration on one of architecture’s most evocative forms of free hand drawing media – dip pen and ink wash. In this co-hosted event, Michael will present his setup, tools and materials, a detailed look at his technique, and explain why the dip pen and ink wash are ideal for drawing and sketching classical architecture today.

Michael will review the importance of light and composition while taking you through a live drawing and ink wash demonstration that can be used for quick sketches or extended length drawings. All levels of ability are encouraged and welcome. Q/A will follow.

Michael is an artist and architectural designer living in London where he draws and paints the built environment as a way to evoke architecture’s endlessly inspirational qualities. Michael has worked in the contemporary architectural offices of Zaha Hadid, and 1508 London, as well as the traditional architectural offices of Gil Schafer III, Stanhope Gate, and Pier Carlo Bontempi. Today he practices architecture at the Prince’s Foundation where he recently designed the Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Pavilion in Braemar, Scotland.

His love for drawing and painting developed as a student in Rome with the University of Notre Dame, and again grew into increasing obsession during an Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome where he drew and painted exhaustively on location throughout the city. He holds a Master in Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and was the recipient of the ICAA’s prestigious Rieger-Graham Prize in 2008.

ICAA MEMBERS: No Charge (limited number of 100 Zoom attendees)


TIME: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (PST)


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