Downtown Sketch Crawl – West End Sculptures, July 27th

Tomorrow is our second sketch crawl of the summer, and I almost forgot to update everybody about it! In case you missed the one on June 22nd, the general idea of a sketch crawl is that everyone spreads out along a roughly predetermined route, and meets up at the end to share their series of sketches from the crawl. The emphasis is on trying quicker sketches of multiple subjects over the allotted time.

Following up on June’s theme, we’re going to be showcasing the public art and sculptures around the west side of downtown. Using resources like the Downtown Art Walk brochure, and the City of Calgary public art map, choose a few different subjects generally west of 2nd Street and plan your route; anything goes! Aim to start at 10am, and a good plan would be to try to rotate locations every half hour, or whatever you’re comfortable with. We also heard back from some people after the last sketch crawl that would have preferred to travel as a group from sculpture to sculpture. If so, then plan to meet at 10am at the Ascension statue at 4 Ave and 9 St SW.

By 1pm, everyone will reconvene back at the Ascension statue (time budget your day if you wish to sketch it) and probably head out to grab a coffee nearby. This event has unfortunately caught all the Calgary admins away with conflicting schedules: Rod is in Amsterdam at the global Urban Sketchers symposium, Belinda is on vacation and my wife and I are busy with a week-old newborn! So look for other familiar faces and have fun! 

The forecast is predicting a beautiful day, so pack your sunscreen and a water bottle, and try to pick some spots in the shade!

Stampede Sketch Postponed

Yahoo, Stampede is here! Unfortunately, a pretty soggy forecast has followed suit. In light of the predicted precipitation during tonight’s sketch at Scotsman’s Hill overlooking the Stampede Grounds, and given that that location is very exposed, we’ve decided to postpone this sketch to Wednesday the 10th. Hopefully the weather cooperates by then!

July – August Sketching Calendar

Sorry that this is up so late; I know people were waiting patiently to find out where we’re off to next. I’ll post a duplicate copy in the events page as per usual. See you all soon!

Friday, July 5 (6-8pm) – Scotsman’s Hill, Salisbury St SE, overlooking the Stampede grounds. In case of inclement weather, event cancelled.

Saturday, July 13 (10am-12:30pm) – Centre Street Bridge, either from the upper bridge deck or from Rotary Park, 617 1 St NE (depending on the vantage you prefer). Meet up at the end of the sketch at the south end of the bridge on the east side; if you choose to sketch the bridge from Rotary Park, you can park on the street at the south end. In case of inclement weather, meet in the +15 over 8 AV, between Bankers Hall & The Core shopping centre.

Wednesday July 17 (6-8pm) – Calgary Rowing Club, North Glenmore Park Rd, SW. Meet on the upper, public deck overlooking the water; you can bring your own stool. Parking lot at club is busy, so park in the nearby North Glenmore Parking Lot A. In case of inclement weather, event cancelled.

Saturday, July 27 (10am-1pm) – West Downtown Sculpture Sketch Crawl – we will post more details closer to the event on the main page; consider pre-planning your route. For people wanting to meet up at the start, meet at the Ascension statue at 4 Ave & 9 St SW. Otherwise plan to meet back at the Ascension statue at the end to share sketches.

Saturday, August 3 (10am-12pm) – Heritage Park Plaza in front of Gasoline Alley, 1900 Heritage Dr SW. No park admission required, as we are meeting and sketching just outside the gates. In case of inclement weather, bring cash and we will go inside Gasoline Alley to sketch the vintage automobiles.

Friday, August 9 (5:30-7:30pm) – McDougall Centre, 455 6 St SW. Meet after sketching at the water feature. In case of inclement weather, event cancelled.

Tuesday, August 13 (6:30-8:30pm) – ATCO Park, 5302 Forand St SW. Building closes at 5pm, so we are sketching the exterior. In case of inclement weather, event cancelled.

Saturday, August 24 (10am-1pm) – Reader Rock Garden, 325 25 Ave SE. Free parking at bottom of park on the west side of the hill. Meet at the end of the 3 hours in the cafe. In case of inclement weather, we will meet later in the day at Banded Peak Brewery.

Thursday, August 29 (6:30-8:30pm) – Nose Hill Park, 14 St NW. Meet at 6pm in the parking lot off 14 St, north of the Calgary Winter Club. Views of Downtown or sketch grasslands. In case of inclement weather, event cancelled.

Chicken on the Way cancelled

The weather is not going to help us out today, so I’m afraid we have to cancel tonight’s meetup at Chicken on the Way in Kensington. We were hoping to be outside, as there is less to draw (and absolutely no space to do so) on the inside, so we’ll try to add this in for later in the year; I know a lot of people were looking forward to it.

Incidentally, I discovered International Sketch a Chicken week is not only a thing, but it happens to be this week, so that makes it all the more disappointing to cancel on tonight!

Downtown Sketch Crawl – East End Sculptures, June 22nd

This Saturday, rain or shine, is a first for our Urban Sketchers group, but follows a different format than our usual: it’s a sketch crawl! The general idea is that everyone spreads out along a roughly predetermined route, and meets up at the end to share their series of sketches from the crawl. The emphasis is on trying quicker sketches of multiple subjects over the allotted time.

In this case, we’re going to be showcasing the public art and sculptures around the east side of downtown. Using resources like the Downtown Art Walk brochure, and the City of Calgary public art map, choose a few different subjects east of 2nd Street and plan your route; anything goes! Aim to start at 10am, and a good plan would be to try to rotate locations every half hour, or whatever you’re comfortable with.

By 1pm, everyone will convene in Olympic Plaza at the Famous Five Women are Persons! statue (plan to arrive before that if you wish to sketch it). Likely we’ll head over to a nearby coffee shop to compare sketches afterwards.

Given the forecast, you may want to pack an umbrella, but keep in mind how much of this art is sketchable from sheltered vantages and have fun exploring our city! Stay tuned at the end of July when we’ll tackle the West end sculptures!

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May & June Schedule

Thanks largely to Belinda’s monumental help, we’ve finalized the schedule for the next two months. In the comments, please share your thoughts on our new format of different days and times, and hopefully there is something that fits into everyone’s schedules. Please check back on the events page as some of the dates and times may be subject to changes as we get closer to the date. See you soon!

Sunday, April 28 (2-4pm) – cSpace King Edward, 1721 29th Ave SW, Suite 130.
Saturday, May 4 (11am-1pm) – Peace Bridge, south end. In case of inclement weather, meet at the Eau Clair Market food court.
Monday May 13 (6-8pm) – Tom Campbell’s Hill, 25 St. George’s Dr NE. In case of inclement weather, event cancelled.
Saturday, May 18 (11am-1pm) – Celebration Square, 7 Ave SE & 4 St SE. In case of inclement weather, meet at Luke’s in Central Library, 2nd floor, at 1pm AFTER sketching.
Sunday, May 26 (10:30am-12:30pm) – Barb Scott Park, 1211 9 St SW. Meet at the Chinook Arc sculpture; Dr. Carl Safron Centre is great to sketch too. In case of inclement weather, meet at Memorial Park Library.
Tuesday, June 4 (6:30-8:30pm) – Crescent Heights Lookout, Crescent Rd & 2 St NW. Meet at the top of stairs. In case of inclement weather, event cancelled.
Saturday, June 15 (10am-1pm) – Downtown Sculpture Sketch Crawl – more details forthcoming, but we will send out downtown art maps for people to visit and sketch throughout the morning, and then we will meet up at 1pm at the Famous Five sculpture at Olympic Plaza to share.
Saturday, June 22 (10am-12pm) – Connaught Park, 14 Ave & 11 St SW. In case of inclement weather, meet at the Good Earth Cafe on 11th St.
Thursday, June 27th (6:30-8:30pm) – Chicken on the Way, 14 ST & Kensignton Rd NW. In case of inclement weather, event cancelled.