Stephanie Bower

Stephanie Bower | Architectural Illustration: | Sketching Workshops: | Sketches: on Instagram at @stephanieabower & | Urban Sketchers Blog Correspondent | Signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society

Saturday, April 11, 2015

At WSU--lecture, exhibit (through April 17) and workshop next weekend

Last weekend I put 620 miles on the car!  

WSU's School of Design + Construction in Pullman, WA kindly asked me to put up an exhibit of sketches (100+), give a lecture (which was last Monday) and teach a workshop (which is coming up, April 18-19).  It is so wonderful to have this opportunity--thank you so much to the school and to Bob Krikac and Carrie Vielle for all their hard work to make all this happen.

Printing and cutting for the exhibit.
The exhibit was really fun to see, as it shows work from the 2013 fellowship to France (the Gabriel Prize--my study was the gardens at Versailles and Vaux le Vicomte) and the 2014 NIAUSI fellowship to Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy (my project was to create an illustrated architecture walking guide to this amazing hill town!)  

A long wall of sketches, most in chronological order...Civita is the closest in the image.

Some of the Gabriel Prize work.
Bob and Carrie, and Uris at the School blew up some of the sketches to a huge scale--you can almost walk into the drawings--including a series of four views of the piazza in Civita looking in each direction.  You view these by standing in a hanging "room", almost as if you were in Italy!

Some of the sketches from Versailles, including the huge enlargement of the famous Louis XIV Hall of Mirrors. Civita's Piazza is in the "room" beyond.

This coming weekend is the Workshop--
April 18, Saturday morning, an open presentation and talk on how-to sketch in perspective, open to anyone interested, free of charge
Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, small group instruction--contact the WSU School of Design + Construction (or me) to register
April 19, Sunday afternoon, 1pm--sketchcrawl, open to anyone interested, free of charge. Meet at the student Union

I hope some of the Eastern Washington and Idaho sketchers can make it! And thank you once again to WSU.


  1. The exhibit looks fabulous!!! You really have an impressive number of sketches hanging. I wish I could see it...and watch your demo.

    1. Thank you, Joan! It was very cool to see all these drawings as a collection. Thanks for your comment!

    2. Thank you, Joan! It was very cool to see all these drawings as a collection. Thanks for your comment!