We are pleased and proud that we are now an authorized chapter of urbansketchers.org, the international organization of the tens of thousands of urban sketchers across the globe.

 Keep sketching and be sure to direct the urban sketchers you know to visit this site and ask to join our group. Upon approval they will be able to post their work, as long as they adhere to the Urban Sketchers Manifesto which is posted on the right side of this site.

How Lucky Are We?

What an incredible gift we have as urban sketchers. We have been to our new Central Library numerous times now and have barely scratched the surface of opportunities and subject matter. Whether it’s something within this amazing architectural wonder or something outside, viewed from one of its hundreds of windowed vantage points.

Today, ten of us explored its nooks, crannies, open spaces and levels, and every one of us sketched something different. What a treasure this place is!

Plus 15 Fun

What a great vantage point on we had last Saturday, sketching the tower in one direction and a great colonial clock in the other from a perch in the Plus 15. Having checked with authorities, we have determined that sketching in the Plus 15 is fine as long as we do not interfere with the flow of pedestrian traffic. We have also learned, however, that chairs are not permitted. Not sure about stools. So here we were…nine artists and my hand make ten.

Colonial Buildings in Adelaide

There are thousands of colonial buildings left in Australia, dating 1820-1920. The architecture is a unique blend of Victorian extravagance combined with practical wide verandas adopted from India, where many of the troops and diplomats were stationed. Almost all are protected by the National Trust or local bylaws. Entire streets and some neighborhoods retain their original streetscapes…

For some of these sketches it was over 40 degrees C! Fortunately, there is no shortage of outdoor cafes and bars.

Sketching with the Adelaide Urban Sketchers

Just back from South Australia, where I met with USk Adelaide, for a sketch meeting at one of the many central historic buildings. They were an incredibly inclusive group, who went out of their way to make sure I found the place and got settled in. They also extended an invitation to anyone else from USk Calgary in the future…

They meet twice a month on weekends, and once a month on a weekday. We sketched for about 2.1/2 hours followed by lunch in a cafe overlooking the river (every Australian city is full of independent cafe/bistros; you practically fall over them).  Afterwards most people post their drawing, and there is an active comparison on line about techniques, pens, and styles…

A great time, and a trip highlight for me…


Calgary Tower

My contribution from today’s meeting… I’m aiming for a looser interpretation these days… At least, that’s my excuse…

It was a great location, so many thanks for setting things up. I also learned a lot at coffee afterwards. What a talented group!

On the way back I noticed another great location from the Plus 15 over 7th Avenue (beside Goro and Gun), looking towards the Bay building and the old Central United Church. Perhaps we could use it another time. I plan to contact the Esker Foundation, and see if they will let us use their reading corner to sketch the city. I have sketched there myself, but I’m not sure what their policy would be for a group. Finally, what is the best way to contact the group for an informal sketch session? It would be great if we could message the group when going out to sketch on a weekeday, to see if anyone else is interested…


Amsterdam Symposium July 2019

Hi Sketchers,

Registration for the event begins February 2, 2019.

I have cut and pasted the following info.

There is a link to frequently asked questions about the event:



When and where is this year’s Urban Sketchers International Symposium

The 10th International Urban Sketchers Symposium will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 24 – 27, 2019.

Where is the Main Venue for the Symposium?

The main venue will be at the Zuiderkerk

The Zuiderkerk (“southern church”) is a 17th-century Protestant church in the Nieuwmarkt area of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. The church played an important part in the life of Rembrandt and was the subject of a painting by Claude Monet.

Where can I get news or updates on the Symposium?

To stay abreast with Symposium news, check

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