Sketchbook By The Sea


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hvar, croatia

Limited availability. Secure your spot before it’s too late!

Urban Sketching Workshop

7-9 June 2024

Cost: 300€ (3-day workshop + welcome dinner +

“Swim, Snorkel & Sketch” boat trip)

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Come sketch with us in June

Welcome to "Sketchbook By The Sea," an exhilarating Urban Sketching workshop set against the captivating backdrop of Hvar, Croatia, taking place from June 7-9, 2024. This unique artistic journey will be guided by three accomplished USk instructors: Jenny Adam (Germany), Tazab (France), and Oliver Hoeller (Austria).

Over the course of three days, participants will have the opportunity to delve into the art of urban sketching, immersing themselves in the vibrant atmosphere of Hvar. The workshop will revolve around the exploration of techniques related to composition, colour, and form, all while drawing inspiration from the stunning coastal landscapes and urban scenes of this picturesque Croatian island.

The instructors will take turns leading various workshops, each contributing their expertise to provide a diverse and enriching experience. Participants will learn to capture the essence of urban spaces, incorporating elements of architecture, people, and daily life into their sketches.

Evenings will be dedicated to dining together and sharing artistic insights and probably also sketching on the side :), fostering a collaborative and supportive environment among participants.

By the culmination of the "Sketchbook By The Sea" workshop, participants will have honed their urban sketching abilities, capturing the spirit and energy of Hvar on paper. The event promises not only a creative exploration but also a memorable cultural and artistic immersion. Join us for an unforgettable event in a stunning destination.


Jenny adam


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Jenny Adam (*1986, Germany) is a product designer turned Illustrator based in Hamburg, Germany. While studying in Barcelona, she discovered Urban Sketchers and has enjoyed drawing life and on location ever since. After co-founding USk Rhein-Main in 2013, she helped organise the first national meeting of USk Germany back in 2015. Nowadays she focuses on creating bold and lively illustrations with a dynamic sense of colour. Jenny continues to share her artistic approach through workshops and exhibitions throughout Europe.



Visual Artist

Tazab is a self-taught artist, an insatiable cyclopedist, a doctor and a musician when the wine is good. He fills sketchbooks incessantly in the street, on hikes or on bike or ski trips, always carrying with him a small box of watercolours and a few brushes.

He has been seen freezing his fingers in the Alps, on his bike in the middle of the Pyrenees following Victor Hugo's footsteps, or canoeing down the Dordogne River. He lives in central France, in Auvergne, a region renowned for its cheeses and volcanoes.


Oliver hoeller


visual artist

Oliver is a traveling artist, illustrator and educator. His passion is sketching on location where he sees the humorous and ironic with an empathetic eye. Oliver’s work has been professionally recognised including the international travel sketchbook award 2022 “Prix de Carnet de Voyage”.

After more than a decade in the USA, he now lives with his wife and son in Vienna, Austria.

Hvar in June: A Weather and Seasonal Insight

Visiting Hvar in June promises a delightful experience characterised by warm temperatures and a lively atmosphere. As the summer season begins, expect daytime highs ranging from 25-30°C, creating perfect conditions for exploring the island's charming streets, relaxing on pristine beaches, and indulging in outdoor activities.

June marks the start of the tourist season, bringing a vibrant energy to Hvar that you're invited to capture in your sketchbook. While the island is bustling with visitors, it hasn't reached the peak of summer crowds, allowing for a more relaxed and enjoyable stay. The Adriatic Sea is comfortably warm, inviting you to take refreshing dips and engage in water sports.

Cafés, restaurants, and local shops are in full swing, offering a taste of Hvar's culinary delights and vibrant nightlife. Cultural events and festivals also dot the calendar, providing opportunities to immerse yourself in the island's rich heritage.

With longer daylight hours, June provides ample time to explore Hvar's historical sites, lavender fields, hike its scenic trails, or simply unwind in the Mediterranean ambience. Whether you seek a leisurely retreat or an active getaway, Hvar in June offers the perfect blend of sun-soaked relaxation and cultural exploration.

“Sketchbook By The Sea” - Hvar USk Workshop

7-9 June 2024

Workshop with: Tazab (France), Jenny Adam (Germany) and Oliver Hoeller (Austria)


Sketchbook by the Sea is a weekend in which we dedicate ourselves to drawing on location, and our location is Croatia’s premier island - Hvar. We spend three days together with workshops, sketch walks and, depending on your preferences, dinners together. The three workshop leaders; Jenny Adam (Germany), Tazab (France), Oliver Hoeller (Austria) are USk outstanding achievers and offer a wide range of different types of urban sketching and an insight into different techniques and means.


Every day we start from our Meeting space in Hvar’s beautiful historic city centre, introduce the workshop and then, in groups of 10-15 participants draw in the town; in the narrow cobbled streets, in beachside parks and outdoor cafes shaded by pine trees and palm trees. We will do fun and rewarding sketch walks together and even take a boat ride on Saturday for a Swim, Snorkel and Sketch afternoon. The Friday dinner will be organised together and is included in the workshop price. Saturday and Sunday dinners are optional and if you decide you want to have those two with a group too, they should be reserved and paid to the organizers on the first day of the workshop. The workshop participants are responsible for booking their own accommodation. The town of Hvar is already popular in June, so it is advisable to book early.


The course location is Hvar town which Lonely Planet describes as “a beautiful place for beautiful people”. It’s situated on the island of the same name in Croatia and is renowned for its captivating historic centre and a harbour or adorned with opulent yachts. The town's allure lies in its well-preserved medieval streets and vibrant town square, surrounded by cafes and restaurants. Hvar Town has become a hotspot for the affluent seeking a perfect blend of cultural charm and glamorous maritime leisure. The picturesque harbour adds a touch of sophistication to this Mediterranean gem.


Hvar is a small town and everything is happening in its historic centre where the city walls coming from the hilltop fortress meet the town square and the yacht and little boats lined harbour. There are lots of small cafes there and Sketchbook by the Sea Meeting place will be right in the middle of it. It will be a place for urban sketchers to meet during our three days.


The workshop participants are responsible for their own accommodation.

Hvar town offers 7 hotels, tens of guest houses, hostels, B&Bs and holiday apartments. Airbnb and are great resources to find and book your place to stay in Hvar.

*Partners that offer deals, discounts, and promo codes to workshop participants will be noted here below, next to the hotel name.


Sunčani Hvar hotels, a group that runs a majority of hotels in town has 3*, 4* and 5* options is an official partner of the Sketchbook by the Sea workshop. After booking your spot, you will be sent a promo code to be used directly on the hotel’s website for a 10% discount.

Hotel Park, small centrally located hotel

Rooms and Apartments

Rooms Hvar, private rooms with shared bathrooms in the residential area – budget option with a limited number of double and single rooms, boosting 9.1 review rating on, Official partner of the Sketchbook by the Sea workshop. Offers free transfers on your arrival and departure inside the town of Hvar.


Breakfast and lunch are organised individually, dinner on Friday is part of the Workshop price and organised together. The shared dinners on Saturday and Sunday are reserved at the start of the course and paid for individually.


The Sketchbook By The Sea Hvar USk Workshop is limited to 10-15 participants per group.

It appeals to anyone who is interested in drawing and would like to get to know new perspectives, techniques and means together.


You should bring a selection of pens, brushes, paints and drawing pads, see workshop descriptions.


Workshop cost: Friday, June 7th to Sunday, June 9th - 300€

Included in the price are the three workshops, sketch walks, welcome aperitif, Friday dinner together and Saturday afternoon taxi boat ride to the beaches of Ždrilca and Mlini on Marinkovac islet – Swim, Snorkel & Sketch! The shared dinners on Saturday and Sunday are reserved at the start of the course and paid for individually.

The booking becomes final upon payment. In the event of overcrowding, the amount will be refunded immediately. If you cancel by the end of March, the total amount will be refunded. If you cancel after the end of April, a 10% fee will be charged. In the case of short-term cancellations from May 7th 2024, the amount can only be refunded if there is a replacement.

The website provides information about the availability of booking.


Friday, June 7th

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Aperitif and welcome in the Meeting place

2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Workshop and sketch walk with one of the instructors

8:00 p.m. Dinner in the local restaurant

(Eat, Drink&Draw)

Saturday, June 8th

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Workshop and sketch walk with the second instructor,

2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Boat ride to Mlini beach on one of the neighbouring islets (Swim, Snorkel and Sketch)

8:00 p.m Dinner - optional

(Eat, Drink&Draw)

Sunday, June 9th

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Workshop with the third instructor

1:00 p.m. Final photo on the main square

08:00 p.m Dinner - optional

(Eat, Drink&Draw)

*Changes and additions to the course program are possible and will be communicated to participants before the course begins.


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Let’s Sketch Together:

Secure Your Spot in the Workshop!


Neven Rinčić

Organiser & Urban Sketcher

Mobile: +385 95 610 2644

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Please bring your usual sketching supplies, watercolour, paper, pens, sketchbook. In addition please bring 3 or more felt-tip pens and acrylic markers in colours inspired by the sea (a light-toned acrylic marker is especially helpful). I like Posca, Amsterdam Acrylic, Molotow or Karin brand. Choose a broad tip rather than a fine tip. I will also bring some material so you can try things out.


Tides & Texture: Sketching the Sea

in Mixed Media

Workshop Hvar

Explore urban sketching in Hvar, Croatia, focusing on capturing water and surroundings with mixed media. Learn practical techniques for playing with colour, shapes, and mark-making to depict the dynamic nature of the sea. Perfect for artists of all levels, this workshop offers a hands-on experience in a picturesque setting.


In this workshop, we ́ll draw the azure waters and seascapes of Hvar with mixed media techniques. We ́ll start by studying colours, shapes, and mark-making to depict the dynamic nature of the sea. Fun exercises will help us discover unique colour combinations and we ́ll experiment with diverse media such as markers and crayons. We ́ll focus on capturing the water ́s reflections and playing with light and shadow to bring our seascapes to life!


high grammage paper (min 200g/m2) adapted to wet techniques as watercolour (I use Hannemuhle A5 sketchbooks), HB pencil, your usual box of watercolours - we'll explore your palette together!, a waterproof (black) ink brush can be useful: I use the UNIPIN fine line "EFB", MICROPEN, UNIPIN or other black felt-tip pens in sizes 0.4 mm and 0.8 mm, coloured pencils (not watercolour pencils) to enhance some of the colours (I use FaberCastell Polychromos)


Drawing a natural landscape

Workshop Hvar

In this workshop, We’ll see together a step-by-step process for painting a landscape. It is open to everyone, beginners and advanced alike. The only condition is that you want to spend a convivial moment full of colour!


There's nothing like a short walk in the heart of nature to relax and open your sketchbook. Imagine: You've discovered a magnificent beach on the island of Hvar. So far, so good. But once you've installed yourself, you don't know where to start: the shimmering water, the elongated shadows of the pine trees, the rocks - it's all too complicated!


I will use a black fine liner, watercolours, grey Tombow markers (ABT N95, N65, N45), and some coloured acrylic markers. You don’t need all of this. A fine liner and a set of watercolours are enough.


Beach bums, tourists, locals

Workshop Hvar

If you are new to sketching people this will set you on your way. If you already have some experience, you’ll walk away with new enthusiasm for the topic.


Let’s explore drawing people and put them into little scenes!

I will share approaches, tips and tricks how to capture people out and about. You will learn to identify quickly what interests you in a person and focus to capture the essence in line and watercolour. I will share a step-by-step process, how to “buy time” as well as useful knowledge about body parts.