In this short article, I want to share my sketches and experiences from the first Urban Sketching Festival in Świdnica, which took place from August 11 to 14, 2022.
The festival poster on the doors of our beautiful hotel - Barokowy Zakątek All quiet and prepared before the Festival opening My favorite sketch from Świdnica. I used the Koh-i-noor Magical Pencil a lot those days
The festival was organized by Urban Sketchers Poland, of which I am one of the administrators, in cooperation with the Świdnica Cultural Centre. Additionally, we received a grant from Urban Sketchers as one of five chapters that year to support the organization of the festival. Org team! From the left: Dora Pindur, Justyna Wojnowska, me and Marta Ciućka From the lecture by Mohan Banerji, visiting from Urban Sketchers Reading/London The cathedral is much, much taller than on my sketch - but I wanted to make it fit!
With approximately 150 attendees, the preparation spanned over six months. It was my first time participating in the organization of an event of such magnitude, and it turned out to be one of the most rewarding experiences of the year. As part of the core organizing team consisting of four people, we made decisions at every stage of the project, from designing posters to selecting workshop locations. Hundreds of little details were meticulously recorded, organized, delegated, and executed according to a timeline—a task I thoroughly enjoy! Planning projects, whether it's a trip, a new work feature, a series of illustrations, or an event like this one, is one of my favorite things in the world.
Preparing for the Instagram Live with Justyna and Dora
Church of Peace is one of the main attractions in the city - on the UNESCO World Heritage List
During the festival, despite the tremendous help from volunteers, I didn't have much time for sketching. To be honest, I didn't have many expectations, but I hadn't realized how many little things require attention when organizing an event of this scale. Even during moments of calmness, one's mind remains alert, expecting another minor issue to arise and need immediate attention.
However, the participants' joy more than compensates for the hours put into organizing the event. As the festival came to a close, and people came to express their gratitude, I felt deeply touched; I had contributed to the creation of this amazing experience!
A sketch rushed and interrupted by the rain. I loved the name that another sketcher - Anka - gave to such quick sketches: "presjonizm", which is a play on Polish words meaning pressure and impressionism Thanks to our co-organiser, Świdnica Cultural Centre, the participants could visit the old town hall tower for free
The weather was characterized by clouds and occasional showers, which, in its imperfection, was perfect. This is what urban sketching is all about — capturing the world around us as it is in the moment and using the circumstances as inspiration for a sketch. The weather isn't always sunny, especially in Poland, but we are still able to find something interesting around us or discover a new spot while seeking a comfortable and dry sketching location.
When a sudden rain came, a big group of festival participants hid under the arcades near the Main Square
Drink&Draw in the darkness
If you'd like to participate in the next edition of the Urban Sketching Festival in Świdnica, please visit our website at www.uskpoland.pl for updates!
If you're interested in becoming a member of Urban Sketchers or simply want to learn more about us, please check out our website at www.urbansketchers.org.
Every day we took a group photo of sketchers and their sketches
Post-festival sketching with a group of sketchers I dragged with me to see the Red Baron replica
Thank you for reading, Kasia
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