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Sunset Sketching with Hugo Barros Costa: RESCHEDULED for Sunday, July 14!

** NOTE: Due to the forecasted heavy rains and thunderstorms, this event has been rescheduled to Sunday, July 14 from 10am-12pm. Register for the workshop here. **

Grab your art supplies and come visit FDR Four Freedoms State Park for a sketching meet up! Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to participate in this fun and free event where you can relax, draw, and meet fellow NYC artists in a beautiful outdoor venue. 

The sketch meet up will take place during Manhattanhenge, the rare phenomenon when the sunset aligns perfectly with the Manhattan street grid. It’s also a great opportunity to work on your entry for Four Freedoms Park Conservancy’s annual "Sketch 4 Freedom" contest, where you can win a $300 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials and more. Participation in the meet up is not required to enter the contest.

The meet up will be led by renowned artist and architect Hugo Barros Costa, who is retracing Park architect Louis Kahn's travels from decades ago, developing sketches in the very same spots that Kahn found inspiration for some of his most celebrated works. Mr. Costa will display some of his sketches, discuss his work and love of sketching, and provide participants with tips on how to capture the urban scenery through drawing.

The meet up is free and open to all ages. Registration required. This is a bring-your-own art supplies event. Unfortunately, art supplies will not be provided.

About Hugo Barros Costa

Hugo Barros Costa

Hugo Barros Costa

Hugo Barros Costa graduated with a degree in architecture from ESAP in Oporto, Portugal. He received his Ph.D. degree in Architecture and graphic expression from ETSAV (Valencia - Spain), sponsored by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). He has an M.S. in Graphic Expression (ETSAV).

He is currently residing in Valencia, Spain, lecturing ( associate professor/lecturer) at the Superior Technical Architecture University (ETSAV), teaching courses on Architectural Form Analysis and landscape representation.

He has been an instructor in Urban sketching workshops in NYC, Oporto, Clermont Ferrand, Udine, Barcelona and Valencia.

Hugo received the “Coup de couer” international travel book award at Rendez-vous du carnet de voyage for his first published book "NYC - graphic chronicles", was a finalist at the Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition (2016, 2017 and 2018), and was the winner of the "Sketch 4 Freedom" Contest - Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park - NYC.

Hugo is also the author of several published papers and lectures on graphic expression, architectural survey and drawing in diverse Universities in the USA, Europe and Middle East.

As an architect he worked at, among other offices, the Santiago Calatrava (Valencia), Périphériques (Paris), MVRDV (Rotterdam/Paris) and QA Associates (Valencia), overlapping these activities with professional personal projects related to architecture, 3D laser survey, urban sketching and illustration.

His Urban Sketching drawings have been shown in Solo Exhibitions at New York , Valencia, Gandia and Madrid, and Collective Exhibitions at Venice, Valencia, Ferrara, Clermont Ferrand and Dallas.

He worked as a Storyboard Artist for the feature film "We the Animals", directed by the Emmy nominated Jeremiah Zagar and produced by Public Record, NYC (awarded at Sundance Film Festival 2018, L.A. Outfest 2018, Montclair Film Festival 2018, Independent Film Festival of Boston 2018).

Since October 2010 he has been sketching every day and blogging about the performed drawings.

To see more of Hugo Barros Costa’s work visit his website and Instagram.

Cover Image: “Kahn’s Agora” by Hugo Barros Costa

Later Event: July 18
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