Keynote announcement!

We are excited to announce that Dr. Nick Sousanis, a scholar, educator, and artist has agreed to serve as the keynote speaker for the 2016 Sketching in Practice Symposium. Dr. Sousanis is the author of the ground-breaking book Unflattening (Harvard University Press, 2015. Described as “an experiment in visual thinking,” Unflattening “defies conventional forms of scholarly discourse to offer readers both a stunning work of graphic art and a serious inquiry into the ways humans construct knowledge.” The book is “an insurrection against the fixed viewpoint” that uses the collage-like capacity of comics to show that perception is always an active process of incorporating and reevaluating different vantage points.” [1]   Dr. Sousanis is currently a post-doctoral researcher in comics studies at the University of Calgary and a much-sought international speaker.

Find out more about Nick Sousanis at his blog Spin Weave and Cut

[1] Quotes from the Harvard University Press catalog: See also for links to reviews.




Vancity in the pink

For many of us chalk drawing is one of the first ways we get to make our marks in a public space. It’s immediate, open, often collaborative and just plain fun! We are hoping to capture some of that same energy and sense of discovery at Sketching in Practice in Vancouver on June 24th. Check out our call for proposals if you would like to join us!

(We don’t have any chalk drawing activities booked, AS OF YET, but we’ll be keeping you updated here either way. ;))

Celebrating Pink Shirt Day today, I thought this was an appropriate image to share. And it was also the first one that comes up in a CC licensed search for chalk drawing so…

Photo credit: The featured image above is from wikimedia commons and shared using a CC-general license.


Our Call for Proposals is open!

Happy to announce our call for proposals is officially open! We are accepting submissions until April 15th, and very excited to get the ball rolling. While the rest this site is still a bit ‘light’ on content, we’ve been scrambling to get the call form working and can now begin to ramp up our promotion activities.  Look forward to more announcements and context to be posted regularly.

Photo credit: The featured image above was taken from a cool new collaborative drawing tool that records and animates your sketches, allows for collaborative doodling and way more called “Sketchport“.  The Snoopy doodle was created by user Shelly ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ and shared using a CC-BY license.