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!

My Apologies


To those of you that came to the meeting place at 12:30 on Saturday, July 13, and found no one there, I apologize.  We forgot the time and left the area prior 12:30.  I am so sorry.  We will be more mindful in the future.  Hope to see you at a sketch soon.  🙂  Wednesday evening perhaps at Calgary Rowing Club.  See Events for Sketchers for more info.

Statues and Memories

Two sunny Saturday’s in a row was good luck! Sketching from Connaught Park on that Saturday was ideal!68ECF5FF-AEFC-4B8C-8886-963D25469922

There is so much public art downtown that we can do it again!


I think I maybe over coloured these ladies but it was a fun exercise.


I was a bit heart broken by all the turmoil in Hong Kong because I had a wonderful time there, sketching and socializing! These were done two years ago in an old fishing village.


I took a sketch break during our visit to the Stampede grounds and learned a little bit about the iconography of tipi paintings.


Can you tell that this sketch was done during Stampede week? It was done in two sittings and I enjoyed talking to our international visitors starting with their peeking over my shoulder.


I shall be attending the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Amsterdam in two weeks and will be happy to post photos of the event!

Thanks to Jim G. for collecting the mounted sketches and for connecting with the library.

Happy Sketching everyone!!!  Rod

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.