Boston:  Urban Sketching Intensive Weekend!  
Join Oliver in Boston, USA for a weekend that will push your sketching to the next level!  • 4 workshops (take all or pick and choose), packed with information about drawing, simple watercolor strategies and effects, design on the fly and capturing lively people.  • 3 hours of instruction/workshop, demos, short exercises and one-on-one feedback as well as about 1 hour of free sketching time and more feedback to apply what you have learned in a larger piece.  • 1 detailed handout for each workshop ahead of time and for future reference ( ~ 60 pages of knowledge in total!).  PROGRAM:  SATURDAY
  1. SKETCHING 101: […]


完璧な被写体、アングル、構図、素材、使用する道具などを探すと、多くの時間がかかり、スケッチを始める前から気が滅入ってしまうことがあります。このアプローチは、これらをいくつかのツール、いくつかのテクニック、いくつかのアプローチというエッセンスに落とし込むことで、そもそも好きなことを楽しめるようにするものです。いつでも、どこでも、どんな状況でも、すぐにスケッチに飛び込むことができるようになります学習目標 1)限られた時間でスケッチすることで、集中力が高まり、より見栄えの良い作品を作ることができる。2) 限られたツールセットでスケッチすることで、より早くスケッチに取り組むことができる。3) [...]


[by Fred Lynch in Chelsea, Massachusetts] I met a man across the street from St. Rose Church on Broadway in Chelsea, Massachusetts, while drawing, who smiled when I told him that my grandfather was baptized in this church. With his Hispanic accent, he said that he was going into the church just now to prepare for today’s baptisms. He told me he is a deacon who has been involved with the church for many, many years. In 1904, my grandfather was baptized here, along with four other children of Daniel O’Connor and Kate McMahon. The immigrant couple from Cork City were married there too, in 1901. That was nine years after […]


[by Fred Lynch in Chelsea, Massachusetts] Continuing on my sketchbook investigation of family history and immigration. It wasn’t long ago that I pictured my great grandparents facing the complete unknown when they came to America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. But my research has largely proved that wrong. The O’Connors and O’Keefes followed others from their families and hometowns that came before them. No doubt, what they did took great courage (more than I have), but they had connections. When looking at old censuses, I found other family members not just in the same cities, but sometimes on the same street. The more I dug into old documents, […]


[by Fred Lynch in Chelsea, Massachusetts] Continuing on my sketchbook investigation of family history and immigration. Often when I’m drawing, I think I’m invisible. People usually treat me that way, too. People don’t tend to interact. Where the O’Connors lived in Chelsea, Massachusetts, in 1908, no one lives now. At the address is a car repair shop as well as a taxi business, surrounded by a tall chain link fence. The property sits on a street of light industry by the railroad tracks. Visiting, I was immediately interested in drawing the old cab with four flat tires by the entrance. However, the fence was closed and locked. Returning another day, the […]


[by Fred Lynch in Chelsea, Massachusetts] Continuing on my sketching journey of ancestry and immigration. This is the house where my grandfather James Victor O’Connor was born in 1904. He and his young family lived here in an apartment in Chelsea, Massachusetts, for a couple of years, and then moved around the corner. I’m noticing through my research that my relatives moved around a lot. This immigrant family were renters their entire lives. Seemingly, three Hispanic families rent here now. Why my ancestors moved so often can only be guessed. However, it does present a seemingly endless number of locations for me to draw.

Lost and Found Immigrants

[by Fred Lynch near Boston] Continuing on my sketching journey of ancestry and immigration.  When investigating my long-gone immigrant ancestors, I often find more immigrants living in the same houses, and filling the same neighborhoods. In this American drama, the set remains the same – only the cast changes. In the small, crowded city of Chelsea, Massachusetts (near Boston), the working class immigrants that were primarily Irish and Russian Jews in 1900 are now primarily Hispanic. Actually, Chelsea is one of three cities in Massachusetts in which Hispanics are now the majority population (67%). The biggest immigrant groups here currently are from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.  In the middle […]


[By Fred Lynch in Chelsea, Massachusetts]  Continuing on my sketching journey of ancestry and immigration.  The house where my great grandfather first lived in America is gone. It’s a parking lot now, overlooking the ramshackle remains of a once-booming rubber factory on the other side of the train tracks. As I drew the view from what would be the back of the house, I tried to imagine the first impression Daniel O’Connor might have had of his new home, back in 1893. It certainly wouldn’t be one of spacious skies and amber waves of grain. Rather, it would be one of soot, screeches and stink.  Not everything would be unfamiliar […]

Gifted Again

[by Fred Lynch, near Boston] A few years ago, I gave a student of mine an extra sketcbook that I had. It had an accordian format that I didn’t have a use for. A year ot two later, in the mail, the sketchbook came back – filled with amazing sketches of her life after college in South Korea. A note stated that she was returning the book. I was stunned, and wrote about in a previous post. Since then, I’ve told the story to my students often, and each time they are wide eyed and moved like I was, by both the beauty of the work, and by the gesture. […]


[by Fred Lynch in Massachusetts] There have been a number of mild days this winter in Boston, including the snow-covered day on which I drew the historic Munroe Tavern in nearby Lexington. The old wooden building (built in 1735) played a role on the day of the Revolutionary War battles of Lexington and Concord. And, the night before the fight, Paul Revere raced down the road below to alert the community of the troubles that were to come. The owner of the tavern was William Munroe, and he was one of the the local patriots that confronted the British army on Lexington Green in the early morning hours of April […]