Sunday, February 23, 2014

Visit to Gas Works Park & Fremont

Friday Ron and I spent some time at each of this summer's Sketch Seattle workshop locations.

First we hit Gas Works Park, an amazing public space that has a little bit of everything. This park is very unique. This will be our first location and it's a great place to get students comfortable with sketching in

Ron Stocke sketching at Gas Works Park in February.

Derek Gundy finds an interesting structure to sketch beneath.

The skyline of Seattle is visible from most parts of the park, and it makes both a dramatic backdrop and an exciting main subject for drawing & painting.

Seattle Skyline as seen from Gas Works Park
Gas Works park contains remnants of the sole remaining coal gasification plant in the US. The plant operated from 1906 to 1956, and was bought by the City of Seattle for park purposes in 1962. The park opened to the public in 1975. These old structures are fascinating and one has to wonder exactly how these parts all worked together at one point.

Remnants of the coal gasification plant.
It is really fun to get up close with some of these parts that fit together, it really is straight out of a science fiction movie.

Perhaps this is an air intake? I have no idea. Cool though!
From Gas Works Park, we took a short drive to Fremont, where we hope to spend the second half of the workshop. On the day of the workshop, we'll meet at the Lenin Statue, and from there we may go sketch the bridge, or several of Fremont's interesting intersections or alleyways.

The Lenin Statue makes a great meeting place in the heart of Fremont.
Table and chairs will be a great place to gather for a
final discussion at the end of the day. 
Fremont has exceptional  character as you will quickly see. Just a great fun place to hang out and sketch.

You can make sketching into rocket science if you want....

On the bridge, looking at the other bridge...great colors & structure.

For those of you wanting to be in this workshop and possibly the other two we are teaching in the summer of 2014, you can register right on our website.

Tuition for a single workshop is $85. If you wish to register for all 3 workshops, you'll receive a special package price that gives you a $10 discount per workshop. Plus, Ron & Derek give you a FREE 9x9 Bee Paper Super Deluxe Sketchbook and a FREE Micron pen with your first class.

Visit for more information on this and other workshops. We are very excited for summer, and we look forward to seeing you in the classes!

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