Only 1 more day until registration opens!!!

The time is almost here! Get ready to register for the 2018 USk Chicago Sketch Seminar. Less than one day away. Registration begins Thursday, March 15, at 10 am CST.

Do you know which workshops you’d like to sign up for? Here are some helpful links to help you prepare:

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Did someone say “T-shirts”?

Yes, a lot of people did. You wanted Seminar t-shirts, and we heard you!

Presenting Chicago Seminar 2018 t-shirts! We will have two styles:

Women’s fashion, slightly tapered, scoop neck, royal blue, in sizes XS – 3X

2018 Seminar t-shirt women

Men’s classic crew neck fit, royal blue, in sizes XS – 3X

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You can order your t-shirt when you register. The cost is $15 per t-shirt. Just select the style/size and add to your cart. We will have your t-shirt ready for you along with your badge and goodie bag at the Check-In on Friday June 1, 2018.

Meet Our Instructors: Wes Douglas


Wes Douglas

Wes Douglas is a working graphic designer, illustrator and co-founder of the Elmhurst-based innovation agency Maddock Douglas.
Wes has won numerous awards for Fortune 500 companies with his packaging designs and corporate branding work. In addition to being a co-founder of Maddock Douglas Inc., Wes has also been group leader for the Gazelles G200 Forums; graphic facilitator, concept visualizer, and administrator at Urban Sketchers Chicago; former member of AIGA, Design Management Institute, In-Store Marketing Institute, CPG Branding and Marketing, Brand Packaging Group.

Urban Sketching has helped Wes to hone his visualization skills by breaking down complex urban landscapes into simple vignettes and to share his unique perspectives with many others. Recently, Wes has appeared on WGN Morning News and WGN Radio AM 720 “Outside The Loop” program to share his passion of urban sketching with Chicago listeners and to promote upcoming Sketch Seminars and the 8th International Urban Sketchers Symposium.

Wes is the instructor for the workshop WS 18: Sketching Vehicles the Urban Sketchers’ Way.


Sausage Fest Truck by Wes Douglas


Highlander by Wes Douglas

Meet Our Instructors: Uma Kelkar

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      Uma Kelkar

      Years watercolor painting: 8+

    • Multiple national and international juried shows
    • Professional watercolor solo shows
    • Author of a book on sketching
    • Work Included in a Portraiture book and Urban Sketching book by Virginia Hein
    • Curator of professional gallery shows
    • Administrator of 1800+ member watercolor
      painting group on Flickr
    • Multiple award winner for plein air + watercolor

Experiences that Uma credits with shaping her as an instructor in an ongoing way:

    1. Teaching has taught her that pleasing everyone is not possible. The best outcome is when you can break down a problem into bite sizes and teach them with confidence. Bite size exercises can feel too easy, but the class work at the end of a string of exercises reflects higher quality precisely because of bite size exercises.
    2. Leading a sketch walk (with iPad) at the Apple store in Union Square, San Francisco, allowed her to prove what she believes in – that design concepts can easily cross boundaries of media.
    3. An electrical engineer by education, she believes her lack of formal art education actually is an asset, as she is unhindered by set ideas and methods of approaching a fine-arts problem.


WS 17: Gray Matter: Using gray to tie two contrasting colors in two washes for lively and quick sketching


Many Colors/Two Washes by Uma Kelkar



Few Colors/Two Washes by Uma Kelkar

Meet Our Instructors: Peggy Condon


Peggy Condon

Peggy has studied painting, drawing, mechanical drafting and landscape architecture, creating detailed drawings and creative landscape plans for clients. A workshop in marker rendering led to full color marker drawings of each garden design. Watercolors of large projects were created for final presentations. An interest in the work of architect Marion Mahoney Griffin influenced the development of interpretive drawings to depict how a landscape plan might look in 10 years when the plantings were more mature. A positive response to these imagined landscapes led to intensive study, especially in the design and maintenance of public gardens. These experiences still contribute to the decisions and techniques she employs in even the quickest sketch. As a member of USk Chicago since 2014, when Peggy participated in her first sketch seminar, she continues to explore sketching techniques. She is motivated by the encouragement of Urban Sketchers and the enthusiasm of previous “Team Sketching” workshops she has led. This positive energy, and skills developed through work and education in landscape design and drawing, have strongly influenced the evolution of this current “Team Sketching” workshop.

For Peggy, the most exciting pieces of this workshop are the conversations about technique, scale and proportion as students cooperate to produce the final “Team Sketch”. WS 16: Team Sketching – A Panoramic Party!


Sketch by Peggy Condon


Sketch by Peggy Condon