About USk Chicago Sketch Seminar

Urban Sketchers is a network of artists around the world who draw the cities where they live and travel to. Our mission is to "Show the World, One Drawing at a Time.

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Registration Announcement

We’re excited to announce that registration opens on Saturday, March 16, at 10:00 a.m.!

Before registration begins we’ll be posting all the workshop descriptions here, to help you make the decision on which of the tantalizing classes are best for you. Remember you can choose FOUR! 

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Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo, to Which Workshops Will You Go?


Here’s the workshop lineup for the 2019 Sketch Seminar! From this amazing lineup of eighteen workshops, what four will you choose?

  1.  Aaron ElswickFake It Till You Make It: Sketchin’ Like You Don’t Care
  2.  Alex Zonis & MJ ErnstFountain Pen World
  3.  Amy LarsenSketching on the iPad with Procreate and the Apple Pencil
  4.  Barbara Weeks – Watercolor: Focused, Fast, and Fun
  5.  Brian Wright & Suzala ZahlerComposition Tells the Story!
  6.  Gabriel CampanarioChicago in Your Pocket Sketchbook
  7.  Jenny ZhangLet Lines Walk on Paper: Cityscape Sketch with Loose Lines and Light Color
  8.  Jingo de la RosaThink with Your Hands!
  9.  Joann Harling LarsenDemystifying Drawing People in Urban Landscape
  10. John A Hancock Richness and Simplicity w/Ink Pen & Brush-Pen
  11. Lisa FlahiveCapturing Chicago’s Rhythm and Energy
  12. Marek BadzynskiChicago Skyline with Fude Nib and Water-Soluble Graphite
  13. Mark Jones – Go BOLD with Color Pencils!
  14. Nishant JainBe Sneaky: Sketching People To Liven Your Urban Landscape
  15. Paul HeastonUmbrella Perspective, Chicago Style!
  16. Paul IngoldLight & Shadow: Urban Sketching with Pen and Watercolor
  17. Shari Blaukopf Bare bones: Exploring Limited Palettes in Watercolor
  18. Wes DouglasUrban Uglies: How to Make Beautiful Sketches Out of Those Areas Most People Overlook

Stay tuned more details and registration information are coming soon!






USk Chicago instructors, this is a CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS to teach at the  2019 Chicago Sketch Seminar (May 31 – June 2, 2019).

The Chicago Sketch Seminar is an annual educational event for Urban Sketchers. We are looking for a variety of Urban Sketching topics. The workshops will be given outdoors, in the streets and parks around The American Academy of Art at 332 South Michigan Avenue. The workshops are typically 2½ – 3 hours long, with a maximum of 15 students.

To submit a proposal to teach at the Seminar 2019, please fill this form before January 31, 2019:

Depending on a number of workshops submitted, there will be a selection process. If you have questions about creating a proposal or about details of your workshop, please talk to Alex Zonis or Barbara McCafferty Weeks.

We look forward to receiving your proposals!


SAVE THE DATE!! Urban Sketchers Chicago to host 5th annual Chicago Sketch Seminar – May 31 – June 2, 2019!

Urban Sketchers Chicago is happy to announce USk Chicago Sketch Seminar 2019!

Once again American Academy of Art opens their doors to host our 2½ day event on May 31 – June 2, 2019 in a beautiful location downtown Chicago.

Mark your calendars! Cancel vacations, weddings, reunions and fishing trips! This will be much more fun!

More news coming soon!

In the meantime, you can also follow USk Chicago on social media, where announcements and links to this blog will also be shared.