About Us

Urban Sketchers Edmonton is a loose group of sketch artists that sketched together for the first time on July 23, 2011, following the example of the great sketchy mothership, Urban SketchersWe sketch on location in and around Edmonton and in places we visit on our travels. We welcome anyone to join us on our sketching outings. See us also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/edmontonsketchers/

We typically meet on the first Saturday of each month at 11:00am, sketch for two hours and then meet for lunch and sharing of sketches and ideas.

As much as possible, we comply with the Urban Sketchers Manifesto which states:
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.

See the Urban Sketchers Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/urbansketchers or web site http://www.urbansketchers.org/.

Here are some simple guidelines for posting here and on the Facebook page.

Feel free to post:
● Sketches or journal pages
● Discussions or questions about sketching,, drawing materials, sketching processes
● Links to sketching related material such as books, videos, workshops, classes, other sketch groups

Please don’t post
● Links unrelated to sketching or journaling
● Rude or argumentative comments
● Spam or clearly pornographic material. These will be deleted and we may have to delete you from the group.


21 Responses to About Us

  1. karenhazel says:

    Greetings at long last. I hope this causes me to manifest on the blog (testing.) Next I’ll figure out how to actually post images and put up some of last week’s sketchcrawl. Good reason why they don’t call us Urban Computer Techs.

  2. marctaro says:

    Wow, there’s an Urban Sketchers Edmonton! I had no idea. How exciting! Great to see my home town appearing in sketchbooks!

  3. Michelle Eaton says:

    I have just found about the world of urban sketching and am very excited to see a local chapter after surveying the larger scene. Hope to join in on some sketchcrawls. Heading out to the PaintSpot in spite of the wind and rain to get a new sketchbook- you can never have too many!

    • Yvonne says:

      Hi Michelle,
      We’re getting together this Sunday, July 29 at the John Walter Museum at 1:00 for a sketchy afternoon of fun. We’d love to have you join us!

      • Michelle Eaton says:

        Apparently I got really busy and forgot to check your site here. Sorry I missed the sketching. I don’t even remember what I was doing that day; this summer has been so crazy. I am around all this weekend if anyone is free.


  4. karenhazel says:

    Michelle pls come…

  5. Rinaldo De Lucca says:

    Hi everybody, I have been an urban sketcher since…a long time ago and I would like to participate of the Urban Sketchers Edmonton. I did a drawing during a picnic last week at the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park and I would like to send this file to you, if possible.
    Congratulations for the initiative and for the great drawings.

    • Vince Roper says:

      Saw your delicate and graceful little sketch Rinaldo. Hope you will be able to join us for the next sketchcrawl.

  6. rinaldolucca says:

    I found an interesting book yesterday, available at Chapters (White Ave). It’s called “Denys Wortman’s New York: Portrait or the city in the 1930’s and 1940’s”. Great pencil drawings for just $6.99. They have three more copies there.
    You can see a PDF preview here http://www.drawnandquarterly.com/shopCatalogLong.php?item=a4c06a8f3a9a00

  7. JW says:

    Hi there! I do some urban sketching around Edmonton. Will your group be doing Sketchcrawl 37? Do you mind having a new participant along? Thanks!

  8. Truly Scrumptious says:

    Hi JW! We’d be happy to have you join the group. I don’t think anyone has suggested SketchCrawl 37 yet, so it’s a great idea to get the ball rolling. What say you, fellow sketchers? Saturday October 13th is the SketchCrawl date, and Karen and I had been talking about sketching in a cemetery, which might be a nice Hallowe’eny thing to do. Weather dependent of course. The Edmonton Cemetery and St. Joachim Cemetery are Edmonton’s oldest and could have some good possibilities for sketching (117St – 118 St and 105 Ave – 107 Ave). And we need an indoor backup location. Any ideas? Other suggestions for outdoor venues are welcome too if the cemeteries idea doesn’t do it for you.

  9. Vince Roper says:

    Love the Cemetery venue idea for next SketchCrawl! October 13 works for me. As a Sherwood Park dweller, I am afraid I can’t help much with an indoor backup location, but I recall a sculpture exhibition in one of the two cemeteries proposed which, believe it or not, included a mausoleum open to the public. Anyone recall? Just a bad dream?

    Very scary! (Not too scary I hope, to prevent you from joining us, JW!)

  10. Kathy Murrie says:

    when’s the next crawl? 1st Sat. in April?

  11. Hello, All of us at The Paint Spot are excited to see everyone for the Sept 6 Meet Up at the store. Meet Up starts at 11 am. Or arrive early and you can test-drive a few new drawing pens. If you are interested in old urban buildings, here is a link to the walking tour of historical architecture of Old Strathcona. http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/documents/StrathconaWalkingTour.pdf

  12. Brittany says:

    Hi everyone, Ive recently stumbled upon this beautiful world of urban sketching. I have a few sketchbooks and some pens and watercolours but Im not quite sure where to start. Anybody have any tips for an absolute beginner with very limited drawing skills? Also, when is the next sketchcrawl? Maybe I could tag along and get some pointers? 🙂

    • Yvonne says:

      Hi Brittany,
      Glad you found us! Our next Sketch crawl is on June 6. See the post I put up for further details. I hope you can come. The only tip I can offer is just take the plunge. Use what you have in your kit and draw. Don’t worry about results or even making a likeness. If you’re just beginning, get to know your materials and draw what you see. Also, there are lots of websites, videos, and books in the library about urban sketching and full of inspiration.

  13. M says:

    I found your blog but it doesn’t appear as though you are an active group, is this the case? Do you have regular events? Is there a way to join?

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