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!
We had a great morning sketching the various public art at the Suncor Energy yesterday. Nearly a dozen people spread out and almost all of us featured the hanging plane in some fashion. And to top it off, we all scored free coffees at Phil and Sebastian afterwards!
Urban Sketchers has posted their latest issue of Drawing Attention here. Be sure to check out the feature article on fellow Canadian, Shari Blaukopf, one of the founders of USk Montreal. And in case you missed it, USk Calgary was featured in last month’s issue!
What better way to seek refuge from the bitter cold we’ve experienced the last several months, than at a garden centre. Golden Acre was kind enough to host us last Saturday, and although I couldn’t attend, lots of other sketchers did! As one of them put it, the warmth of the sun thru the greenhouse roof, the smell of dirt, and palette of various greens and vibrant flowers made you forget you were in Calgary. So hopefully it’s a nice option to keep in mind in case spring is delayed in arriving!
We’re trying out a new format for our sketching schedule, where we’ll post a full list of planned events in advance so that people can pick what works for them. Some of the events will be subject to change due to inclement weather and or pending permissions/coordination with venues, but we’ll try to keep to these dates set so that people can firm up their calendars. Check back closer to the dates for any updates!
Saturday, March 9 (10am-12pm) – Golden Acre Home & Garden, 620 Goddard Ave NE
Friday, March 15 (5:30-7:30pm) – Bowness Park Lagoon, 8900 48 Ave NW; weather-dependent; sketching skaters on the lagoon by the fire.
Sunday, March 24 (10-11:30am) – Amato Gelato, 2104 Kensington Rd NW
Thursday, April 4 (5pm-7pm) – Glenbow Museum, 130 9 Ave SE; free admission for their “first Thursday” promotion; dry media only. Meet in the lobby at 5pm to practice 20min sketches as a group throughout the museum, otherwise we will meet back at the bottom of the stairs at 7pm.
Saturday, April 13 (10am-12pm) – To be confirmed (Suncor Energy Centre, 150 6 Ave SW)
Tuesday, April 23 (5:30-7:30pm) – To be confirmed (Courthouse Park/Harley Hotchkiss Gardens; meet at either Watermark Tower or the 8th Avenue Place +15)
We’ve had some great luck with our indoor venues as of late, although the winter has been mild enough to likely make the occasional outdoor sketch feasible. But with no shortage of vibrant new spaces to explore, we haven’t had any lack of heated options.
I love this goldfish mural at the Central Library, because it’s constructed as a mosaic out of multicoloured book spines! It’s also heartwarming to see so many people of differing ages and backgrounds sharing and appreciating these public spaces together. It’s an easy place to lose track of time in too!
Another fun Saturday morning was spent at Brookfield Place in the heart of downtown. Because it’s connected to the +15 walkway system that links many downtown buildings and high-rises, there was a steady flow of foot traffic in spite of the various vendors and cafes being closed for the weekend. The architecture makes use of a lot of glass and open vertical space; one entire eating area is planted with full-size trees to add to the expansive feeling. It also made for a lot of fun with light and reflection!
Throughout the winter months, we were longing for the weather to warm so we could sketch outdoors, but once spring hit, it seems that weekend plans quickly blossomed along with the flowers. In spite of conflicting schedules, the courageous sketchers have met up on every Saturday throughout the summer. And we’ve amassed a growing number of us in the process! Such fantastic momentum! Rain or shine (and recently, smoke as evident below) have not hampered turnouts and enthusiasm.
This post is long, long overdue, but better late than never. Here are some of the highlights from our meetups throughout the season:
I’ve been taking a perspective drawing class at ACAD to try to improve something I’ve always felt was a weak point; I clearly need to keep practicing on location, so this is great homework!
Can’t wait to see everyone again this weekend!