Category: Drawing

Join CARTA for a Watercolor Sketching Intensive

Saturday, April 22, 2017
9:00am – 12:00pm – Introduction
1:00pm – 4:00pm – Plein Air
Watercolor is a powerful medium for depicting light, shade, shadow, and color. This day-long workshop is offered in two parts: a morning introductory session and an afternoon plein air session. While the two sessions are designed to work together, you may participate in either or both.

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9:00am – 12:00pm Introduction
College of Architecture and Planning, 1250 14th Street, Denver, CO
Join CARTA Director Christine G. H. Franck for a morning introduction to watercolor for sketching. You will learn about the tools, techniques, and medium of watercolor; practice techniques like running washes and working wet-on-wet; develop a color wheel and learn about color theory; and complete a watercolor sketch of a still life composition in practice for the afternoon plein air session.

1:00pm – 4:00pm  Plein Air
Cheesman Park Pavilion
In the afternoon session, you will complete a watercolor sketch of one of Denver’s most beautiful civic structures: the Cheesman Park Pavilion. CARTA Director Christine G. H. Franck will lead you through composing your view, preparing a base sketch, developing shade and shadow, and techniques for sketching landscape elements in watercolor. In the event of rain, the sketch will be completed in the pavilion. Please bring a lightweight chair or blanket to sit on, and an easel if you would like to.

Materials: You will receive a list of recommended supplies, many of which will also be on hand for students’ use.

Costs by registrant type:
Professional/General Public: (One session=$30, All day=$50)
10% discount for ICAA Members ($27, $45)
50% discount for Students and faculty ($15, $25)
50% + $5 discount for SCA Members ($12, $20)

Note: The prices listed above for just one session, morning or afternoon, reflect 60% of the full day price.

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CARTA Fall 2016 Workshops and Lectures

We have an exciting, informative, and educational range of activities this fall. From classes, to lectures, and workshops, we are focusing on the full range of knowledge necessary for today’s practitioners, students, and members of the general public who seek to learn more about traditional architecture, urban design, landscape, and building crafts.


Click below to register or rsvp for each activity:

Fundamentals of Traditional Design: Part I
Tuesday, November 8, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Fundamentals of Traditional Design: Part II
Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM


Builders’ Network Breakfast (By invitation)
Tuesday, November  8, 7:30am – 8:30am

Concepts of Time and Newness in Architecture
Tuesday, November 29, 6:00PM – 7:30 PM


Stone Quarry Tour with Loukonen Bros.  Stone
Friday, November 4, 3:00pm—6:00pm

Masonry Workshop with Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute
Friday, December 2, 3:00pm—6:00pm


Introduction to Watercolor Sketching
Saturday, November 5, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Necessity for Drawing in the Education of the Architect

The Necessity for Drawing in the Education of the Architect: A Lecture by Christine G. H. Franck

CARTA’s Director, Christine G. H. Franck, considers the role of hand drawing in the development of design thinking at the recent conference on the “Art of Architecture: Hand Drawing and Design” held at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. Click on the link above of the picture below to watch the lecture, starting at about 21 minutes into the session.