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 181 chapters and 90,000+ 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 and Manchester. 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 2017 the Symposium will be held in Chicago.
sketch by Pat Southern-Pearce
Education The 2016 symposium in Manchester featured 26 workshops, 9 activities, 5 demos and 11 lectures. USk also organized 15 workshops around the world: • Ischia Ink Workshop, Naples, Italy • People and Places, Life in Contrast, Berkeley, US • People and Places, Life in Contrast, San Francisco, US • Nature/Sculpture, Volterra, Italy • Light & Shade, Malaga, Spain • Sketchiton Paris, Paris, France • Sketching in Pen, Ink and Watercolor, Galway, IR • Chicago Sketch Seminar • Drawing People on Stage, Brighton, UK • Good Bones, Seattle, US • Line to Color, Seattle, US • Sketch in the City, Station Series, Melbourne, AUS • Pushing How to Look, Newbury, UK • Sketching with Dry Twigs and Chinese Ink, Lisbon, SP • Orlando Sketch Tour, Orlando, US
sketch by Liz Steel
What can we do for you? You are invited to partner with us at our 8th annual international symposium where approximately 500 sketchers from over 40 countries will gather in downtown Chicago from July 26-29, 2017. One of the benefits of symposium attendance is the opportunity to try new products and services and to share ideas with other serious artists. As a result, Urban Sketchers spread the word about what they learned and products they like with our 90,000 members in 181 international chapters via our 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 Châ€™ng Kiah Kiean
How You Can Participate Become part of our worldwide community by sponsoring and supporting this unique organization: North America, South America, Africa, Australia, and Asia: Joel Berman / Berman@UrbanSketchers.org / Skype: BermanArch / +1 773-275-5968 x103 Europe: Omar Jamarillo / Omar@UrbanSketchers.org
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.