Good Bones | Seattle, Perspective & Watercolor Workshop

Good sketches start with Good Bones. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to set up the foundation of a great architectural sketch, starting with a practical understanding of perspective and finishing up with an intro to watercolor tools and techniques. Perspective is easy, once you know what to look for!

Learning goals:

To celebrate summer in Seattle, the workshop will be held at the Seattle Center, home to the iconic Space Needle and the 1962 World Fair. It’s a great pedestrian-only campus filled with interesting buildings, spaces, food, fountains, trees, and much more.

Good Bones Day 1 | Friday: Perspective at Seattle Center Armory

· In a classroom setting with an interactive PowerPoint presentation, we’ll learn perspective

  basics and a simple step-by-step process to construct an architectural perspective sketch.

· Learn how to measure proportions and relationships of spatial elements

· Learn what to look for when sketching perspective on location—how to find your eye level

  and VP’s

Good Bones Day 2 | Saturday: Watercolor at Seattle Center Armory

· Introduction to basic watercolor tools and techniques, using a simple palette of colors

· Learn how to use watercolor to enhance the sense of space in your sketches

· Learn techniques for painting trees and skies

Good Bones Day 3 | Sunday (half day): Sketchwalk

· Put your new knowledge into practice on Sunday morning. Location to be determined.

Workshop Schedule

THURSDAY, August 16 — 5:30pm Meet & Greet 

     at the Seattle Center Fountain (optional) 

     Bring your own food and drink for a picnic in the park. Great grocery stores are nearby.

FRIDAY, August 17 — Perspective

     Morning INDOOR SKETCHING, classroom at Seattle Center Armory

     8:30am Arrive at the Seattle Center Armory meeting room 1A (3rd floor)

     9:00am-12:00pm Instruction and sketching


     12:00-1:00pm Lunch break in the Armory (lots of food vendors close by)



     1:00-3:30pm Demo, then sketch together as a group

     3:30-4:00pm Throw down for crit and review

SATURDAY, August 18 – Watercolor 

     Morning (outdoors if the weather is nice, in the Armory if it’s raining.)

     8:30am Arrive at Seattle Center Armory, meet indoors near Starbucks

     9:00-12:00pm Demos, watercolor instruction and sketching


     12:00-1:00 Lunch break (lots of food vendors close by) 



     1:00-3:30 Demos, sketch together as a group

     3:30-4:00 Throw down for crit and review

SUNDAY, August 19 – Open Sketchwalk

     10:00am-12:30pm Put it all together in an open sketchwalk, location to be determined. 

     12:30-1:00pm Meet Seattle sketchers and review sketches!

     1:00-1:30pm Wrap up and crits for workshop participants.

Supply list

Instructor will email supply list to registered participants.

Workshop fee:

Workshop Fee is $290 payable by July 31, 2018. Payment can be made by check to 

“Stephanie Bower, Architectural Illustration” or for foreign participants, by PayPal (transaction charges will be added.)

Once you are registered, please mail a check made out to 

“Stephanie Bower, Architectural Illustration” to:

     Stephanie Bower, Architectural Illustration

     2411 9th Ave. W.

     Seattle, WA 98119 USA

Registration opens July 5, 2018

To sign up, contact Stephanie by email at

First come, first served. A waiting list will be created.

Cancellation policy:

In the unforeseen event the workshop is cancelled, all fees will be reimbursed.

No refunds for cancellations received after August 2, 2018.

Number of participants: 

15 max

Good Bones is open to any level of experience, but targeted to beginners and sketchers who want to improve their basic sketching and understanding of perspective and watercolor.

Workshop Instructor:

STEPHANIE BOWER is a Seattle-based architect, architectural illustrator, teacher, watercolor painter, and traveling Urban Sketchers correspondent. Stephanie graduated in both Architecture and Interior Design and worked as a licensed Architect in New York City before gravitating to architectural illustration. 

She has taught architectural sketching for over 25 years– for a decade in NYC at Parsons and in Seattle at the University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts. Stephanie has also taught at Urban Sketchers Symposiums in Brazil, Singapore, Manchester, and Chicago, and will teach at Asia-Link Sketchwalk in Taiwan in October 2018. In 2017, she taught in Australia, Italy and Oxford UK and gave a demo in Mumbai, India! In 2019, she’ll teach in Spain, and in 2020 sketching châteaux in the Loire Valley, both through French Escapades. 

Stephanie is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society. In both 2013 & 2012, she was honored with the prestigious KRob award for Best Travel Sketch, in 2013 she received the Gabriel Prize fellowship for 3 months of sketching in France, and the following year was awarded the NIAUSI 2014 fellowship for a 2-month project in Italy. 

Stephanie teaches “Perspective for Sketchers” and “Essentials for Sketching Architecture” online at, and is the author of the book The Urban Sketching Handbook: Understanding Perspective. 

Architectural Illustration Website:


Sketches, on Instagram: @stephanieabower


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