As Architects and Designers, we often look to outside sources and activities for design inspiration. From looking at the latest magazine article in Architectural Digest to taking a local art class, we are always trying to feed our creative side.
This past weekend, one of our own architects, and several other architects and artists from around the state, attended a 2-day watercolor workshop that focused on composition, drawing and painting buildings/landscapes, and studied light and how it enhances the environment, and in turn, an artistic sketch or rendering.
The workshop was hosted by Birmingham's own Forstall Art Center. The feature artist and workshop teacher was Iain Stewart. Stewart is an architect and painter, and he teaches watercolor and design drawing to architecture students at Auburn University. He also travels around the world sharing his knowledge of watercolor, architectural illustration, and how to use it to capture a "scene" or just the atmosphere of a place or time.
We highly recommend attending one of his workshops if you have a chance. You will most certainly come away feeling more knowledgeable and inspired.
If watercolor isn't your cup of tea, Birmingham has a number of other classes available around town. Check out these websites for a list of workshops and classes near you. Get your creative mind going with painting, pottery, cooking, music, woodworking, or even screen printing. The possibilities and inspiration are endless.
- Iain Stewart Workshops
- Forstall Art Center Workshops and Classes
- Alabama Art Supply Workshops and Classes
- MAKEbhm Workshops and Classes
- Birmingham Bake & Cook Company Classes
- Sur la Table Cooking Classes
- Red Dot Gallery Classes
Photo Credits: Alicia Pughsley, Architect and Associate at BPA