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sketch by Stephanie Bower




Who We Are Founded online in 2007 with a handful of artists, today Urban Sketchers is a vibrant global community with 220 chapters and 120,000+ followers. Our mission is to raise the artistic, storytelling and educational value of on-location drawing, promoting its practice and connecting sketchers around the world where they live and travel. Urban Sketchers (USk) is a 501c3 non profit organization.


sketch by Marc Taro Holmes


What We Are Our Manifesto 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.


sketch by Lapin



Where We Are

sketch by Paul Heaston


Annual Symposium An annual international Urban Sketchers symposium is dedicated to fostering and celebrating the practice of on-location sketching. Previous symposiums have been held in Portland, Santo Domingo, Barcelona, Paraty, Singapore, Manchester and Chicago. The event offers valuable workshops and opportunities for participants to network and socialize. The symposium attracts approximately 500 participants and 30 instructors from around the world. In 2018 the Symposium will be held in Porto, Portugal.


sketch by Pat Southern-Pearce


Education Our international symposiums typically feature approximately 30 workshops taught by instructors from around the world. In 2017 USk organized 300+ in-person classes and workshops worldwide in Naples, San Francisco, Volterra, Malaga, Paris, Galway, Chicago, Brighton, Seattle, Melbourne, Newbury, Lisbon, Orlando, New York, Ischia, Berlin, Bangkok, San Jose, Barcelona, Prague, Cadiz, Boston, Bristol Cantebury, Montreal, Los Angeles, Rotterdam and San Francisco to name a few!


sketch by Liz Steel


What can we do for you? You are invited to partner with us at our 9th annual international symposium where approximately 500 sketchers from over 40 countries will gather in Porto, Portugal from July 18-21, 2018. One of the benefits of symposium attendance is the opportunity to try new products and services and to share ideas with other serious artists. Symposium participants return home and spread the word about what they learned and products they like amongst our 120,000 members in 200 international chapters that are hosted on social media platforms and become loyal supporters of our sponsors, advertisers and partners. Symposium attendees have significant disposable income to support their artistic endeavors. They seek the best and most innovative products and services. Many USK members look forward to the annual Symposium as the ultimate source for expertise in art supplies, drawing and painting techniques, and other ancillary products and services.


16 sketch by Ch’ng Kiah Kiean

How You Can Participate Become part of our worldwide community by sponsoring and supporting this unique organization. North America: Raylie Dunkel / Europe: Omar Jamarillo /


With thanks to… Graphic design by Ch’ng Kiah Kiean. Photos used with permission of Kim Minichiello, Lapin, Laura Darcy, Cathy Gatland, Paul Heaston, Ida Bellarian, Mark Leibowitz, Paula Raudenbush, Ronaldo Kurita, Tina Koyama, Marion Rivolier, Simone Ridyard and Jan Chlebik. Sketches used with permission of Stephanie Bower, Marc Taro Holmes, Lapin, Paul Heaston, Pat Southern-Pearce, Liz Steel and Ch’ng Kiah Kiean.

Urban Sketchers brochure Mar 14, 2018  

Urban Sketchers brochure created Dec 31, 2016. Edited Mar 14, 2018.

Urban Sketchers brochure Mar 14, 2018  

Urban Sketchers brochure created Dec 31, 2016. Edited Mar 14, 2018.