Attendance… Optional? Thanks but no thanks…

The other day I invited my whole class to go out and sketch at Old San Juan.  It’s true that I told them attendance wasn’t required, but I didn’t expect no one would come.  One of my students, who happens to be a very good friend since I was a student, was the only one who finally came.  I still can’t believe it.  If one of my professors invited me to go out and sketch I was the first one there!  And so were my friends in college.  More than 10 years after graduating we still sometimes get together, one of the professors included, in sketching trips.  What is it, students don’t like to sketch nowadays?

Well, anyways… we had a really nice session, and ended up having lunch at this little family restaurant which is awesome, good service, great food and even greater prices.  It’s called “Los Yeyos”, in 353 Calle San Francisco.

Here are some of my sketches that day:



The first one was done with Sennelier watercolors on a 5″x 8″ Moleskine watercolor sketchbook (around 35 minutes), the rest was done with a Lyra 1772 9-B Graphitkreide on a regular 8″x 8″ sketchbook (15 minutes each).

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4 responses to “Attendance… Optional? Thanks but no thanks…

  • tarosan

    wow that is really not a good thing to hear! In fact that’s pretty terrible! If I had that offering from a professor I might have learned something about drawing a few decades earlier than I finally did. Well, I guess you can’t force people to learn things. But thats kind of demoralizing to hear!

    • leaparicio

      Exactly Marc. Granted, I’m no Ching, Mike Lin or Richard Scott, but c’mon, just one? Anyways, it worked better for me, as lunch was on me… :-)

      BTW, I’m enjoying your blog very much, your sketches and watercolors are superb. Thanks for visiting.

  • Mari

    Ahora la mayoria de estudiantes de arquitectura sólo utilizan computadoras…hace 19 años era diferente…recuerdo a mis profesores, y agradecida estoy de sus enseñanzas, cuando más de uno nos hacia salir del taller y dibujar en el campus de la universidad o fuera de él. He de confesar que al ver tanto sketch me ha hecho ir a buscar papel y lápiz para que mis manos no queden adormecidas ;) saludos desde El Salvador.

    • Luis E. Aparicio

      ¡Hola! No tienes idea de cuánto me alegra saber que te hayan dado ganas de tomar un lápiz. Estuve muchos años alejado del dibujo a mano alzada y me divierto mucho ahora que lo he retomado. Te invito a que visites la página de urbansketchers.org y su grupo de Facebook. Te encantará conocer personas de diversas disciplinas y trasfondos que utilizan el boceto como medio de comunicación y entretenimiento.

      Gracias por tu visita y por tus líneas. ¡Hasta luego!

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