Lecture Presenter: Karina Kuschnir, Brazil

Karina Kuschnir has a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology. She works as an adjunct professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she coordinates the Laboratory of Urban Anthropology. Since 2011, she has been developing a project on anthropology and drawing, focused on ethnographic drawing made on site as part of a process of observation and ethnographic research. She has several books published in the field of anthropology, and wrote three papers about drawing and anthropology: “Drawing the city: a proposal for an ethnographic study in Rio de Janeiro,” “Teaching anthropologists to draw: a didactic research experience,” and “Ethnographic Drawing: Ten benefits of using a sketchbook for fieldwork” (lau-ufrj.blogspot.com).

Since 2013, she has been teaching a course entitled “Drawing and Anthropology Laboratory” to undergraduate students who had never draw before. Many of the activities she develops with the students are inspired by her experiences in Urban Sketchers Symposiums. Karina attended the USk’s Symposiums of Lisbon (2011) and Barcelona (2013) and was lecturer at the USk’s Symposium of 2014 in Paraty. Her drawings and sketches are online on her personal blog (karinakuschnir.wordpress.com), Flickr and Facebook. In 2014, she illustrated a book called “The seven stories of Ulysses, the cat”. In her sketches, she uses mainly ink, watercolor and color pencils, with focus on quick drawings of people in urban situations, like subway passengers.

Lecture 4: Teaching Non-Artists to Draw: Techniques & Methods for Urban Sketching Instructors & Art Educators


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