COVID-19 Update: Postponing All Meet Ups Until Further Notice

Further to the post from last weekend, we will be suspending all of our previously scheduled meet ups until directed by the government, and are encouraging all our members to self-isolate at this time.

We hope that this hiatus is brief and look forward to when we can all safely sketch together again. In the meantime, it’s lovely to see all the posts of sketching from home (here and on our Facebook page). Keep them coming and stay safe everyone!

Challenge: Sketch From Home This Weekend, March 14 – 15

Janice, in a Facebook post, and Lucie, via email,  had a great idea to sketch something from home.  So my challenge to you, since our event is cancelled at Devonian Gardens, is to still take the 2 hours to sketch  plants/flowers or something in your home. When done (or not😉), send to my email on this website, and Sunday/Monday I will post an update like normal on this website.  Deadline to send your image is 4pm Sunday March 15.

Event Cancellations

In light of the recent events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the sketching meetup scheduled for this Sunday at the Devonian Gardens will be cancelled. While the province has advised cancelling all events involving 250 people or more, and ours fall well under that threshold, we still thought it would be in everyone’s best interest to do our part and help limit community exposure and encourage self-isolation.

We will provide subsequent updates on our events over the following weeks taking our cues from the City of Calgary and other levels of government as the situation evolves. That being said, the sketch-from-your-vehicle event scheduled for March 21st could end up being fairly apropos, even if it means skipping out on coffee afterwards. 

Stay safe and stay tuned and hopefully everybody can have a cozy weekend indoors instead. We thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this time.

Show & Tell Event at Kensington Art Supply

Snow and the event at Kensington Art Supply seem to go hand in hand.  🙂  Despite the weather a good number of people stopped by the table to peruse our sketchbooks and ask questions about our group, events, and what supplies we use and/or recommend.    Welcome to all that have joined our group after your visit, hope to see you at an event real soon.

OneWeek 100 People challenge starts tomorrow March 9 – 13.  More info at this link

Next week we will be sketching at Devonian Gardens, CORE Shopping Centre, 4th floor, 333 7 Avenue SW on SUNDAY, from NOON to 2:00Meet near the playground.


March 7 Sketching Event – Kensington Art Supply


Next week’s sketching event is at Kensington Art Supply.  We have been invited back for a second time after our very successful show & tell event last October. This is a great opportunity for our members to promote the club, answer questions, share our sketches & techniques, and network with other members, while fitting in some on site sketching if you feel inspired. Kensington Art has a great selection of urban sketching materials so make sure you save some time to look around. We will have an area at the back of the store with a table where we will display our sketch books, tools of the trade and favorite urban sketching books as well as a few easels for our foam core sketches which were recently on display at the Judith Umbach Library.

Members: You can answer questions at the table and/or sketch in the store.  Please bring some of your sketches/sketchbooks for display in addition to the one you plan to sketch in. Also bring your kit to display if you are not sketching. If you are sketching in the store be prepared to have the public watch you sketch, and to answer questions they may have. Bring your stool; you can sketch anywhere in the store.  If you have sketches on foam core that were not displayed these past two months at the library, bring them along for the public to see. These will be displayed on easels.  Come around 10 am to help set up or get your sketching area set up. Even if you can’t join us for the whole event, stop in and say hello. Last year we went to the diner next door for lunch/coffee afterwards.

For those who are curious, or members who are a bit shy:  Come down and check us out and ask any of those burning questions.  New members always welcome.  See our members sketching around the store, or dive right in, and start sketching yourself.

Thanks to Deb for help writing this post.