Next Friday and Saturday - April 29 and 30 - I have the privilege of conducting a workshop and speaking on astronomical sketching at the 2011 NCRAL Annual Convention in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Details about the convention can be found here:
The Astronomical Sketching Workshop will be held Friday night at 8:00 PM. Attendees will be supplied with sketching materials to follow along, step by step, as we cover three sketching processes in graphite: deep sky, planetary, and lunar. One projection screen will display the object while a second screen shows the process in action.
Then Saturday at 9:15 AM we have the keynote presentation discussing everything that's great about astronomical sketching, the possibilities that observers can explore, the nuts and bolts of what an observer needs to get started, special considerations for different astronomical targets, and we'll of course take a look at the wide range of media and processes that get an observer from distant photons to finished sketch.
I'm really looking forward to conducting these two sessions and meeting everyone who attends...hopefully I'll get to see some of you there.