Last month Urban Sketchers became a United States 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. One of the things this means is that all U.S. donations are now tax-deductible. Consider making a donation today to help us continue to “Show the World, One Drawing at a Time.”
USk Lisbon Symposium – It’s Not Too Late to Register
Just 60 days left til the II Urban Sketching Symposium starts on July 21. Thanks to the great response to the symposium, registration is now more than two thirds full with people coming from 20 different countries spanning the globe—from Brazil to Canada to Australia to China—as well as many countries in Europe. There is still time to register to secure your spot in the more than 45 workshops available, but register early before the workshops and symposium fill up.
Read participants’ introductions and learn more about the event on the symposium blog.
And thanks to our great sponsors providing materials for participants! Moleskine will provide a choice of customized Japanese Fold or Large Watercolor sketchbook. Stillman & Birn will provide a customized Gamma Series Heavy Weight Paper 5.5" x 8.5" hardbound sketchbook and Canson will provide a 5.5"x 8.5" hardbound sketchbook and an Assorted Drawing pad. For sponsorship opportunities, contact us at symposium at urbansketchers dot org.
The Dalvero/USk Seattle Workshop dates have been changed. The new workshop dates will be Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26. Organizers apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please email Veronica Lawlor and Margaret Hurst at dalveroinfo(at)Mac.com for more information and to register.
New USk blogs
Urban Sketchers Portugal is growing! They just started a second blog specifically for the region of Beiras. A local TV station covered their meet-up in Castelo Branco where they decided to create the second blog (video link).
Urban Sketchers Basel is born. According to USk correspondent Rob Carey, “Our intention is to showcase the beautiful city of Basel, Switzerland through on-location sketches and to perpetuate an interest in urban sketching amongst professional and amateur artists in the region. In the future we would like to schedule Basel sketchcrawls where sketchers could meet together and share their love of outdoor sketching. Basel is a city rich in history and known for its museums and art."
Sketchers in the News & Galleries
English artist and USk correspondent Caroline Johnson has a solo exhibition starting May 28 at the See Gallery, Crawshawbooth, Lancashire, England. She’ll be showing her urban paintings and drawings, as well as interiors and portraits, along with her sketchbooks (the earliest of which dates from 1952)! A private view will be held on Friday, May 27, 4pm to 7pm and any sketchers in the area are invited to attend.
Two articles with a portrait of USk member Manfred Schloesser and the Urban Sketchers were published recently in the Weser Kurier in Bremen, Germany ,
And to wrap up, we loved this story that Suhita Shirodkar (Goa, India) shared with us. It sums up what we all like about Urban Sketchers. “I found and joined Urban Sketchers about a year ago, and what a difference it's made to my outlook about the opportunities to draw! I used to feel like I had to go someplace to draw— a class or a faraway location. Now I draw everywhere!"
On the flag: Johannesburg sketcher Cathy Gatland sketching outside Kippies Jazz Club in Newtown.
Urban Sketchers is a grassroots 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the art of on-location drawing. Consider making a donation today to help us continue to 'Show the World, One Drawing at a Time.' All donations in the United States are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.
1. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
2. Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
3. Our drawings are a record of time and place.
4. We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
5. We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
6. We support each other and draw together.
7. We share our drawings online.
8. We show the world, one drawing at a time.
The Urban Sketchers logo was created by Italian graphic designer Franco Lancio.