Preparing for the Seminar Part 1

The planning team is getting excited about the seminar in just a few short weeks, and to help you get excited too we’ll be posting things to help you prepare for the fun!

For the first part we bring you the seminar map:

2015 sketch seminar mapClicking directly on the image will open a larger version with the ability to zoom in.

Wondering what to do with the time between now and the seminar? You can print the map, save it to your phone, visit the locations in advance, plan where you’ll stop for lunch or plot out the routes between your workshops!

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for emails – some of your workshop instructors may send emails with preparation work or information about what else to bring!


In Three Days’ Time

We are so glad some of you have already registered for a great weekend & hope those of you who are undecided will decide to join us!

in three days' time

The Seminar is less than two weeks away! That means it’s time to start deciding exactly what to bring along with you for the weekend and time to persuade any hesitant friends to join us. But like in the fairy-tales there’s a time limit on registering for this art-filled weekend. Yes, registration is closing at the end of this week – Friday June 26th.
That leaves roughly three days’ time for any undecided artists to register and come along for the fun.

Still undecided? Check out our great new sponsors who have committed to helping the event. Send us and email or comment on any workshops you have questions about. You’ll notice that full workshops have been marked on the schedule so you can plan ahead. Visit our blog from last year’s seminar and read about what it was like the first time around.

We hope you’ll decide to join us!

Please make sure to get your registration in, we’re looking forward to spending a weekend with you!

Click Here for a page that explains the steps of registration and provides a link to register.

The Countdown Begins

Do you know what today is?


It’s June 11th – exactly one month from the Sketch Seminar!

This year’s seminar is shaping up to be even better than last year! With exciting new workshops – twice the number of last year – and repeats of favorites in case you missed your ideal workshop in 2014, this is a weekend you don’t want to miss.

Several great new sponsors have agreed support the seminar with gifts for registrants. Stillman & Birn has agreed to provide sketchbooks to participants again this year! Curious about some of this great swag? Click here to see our sponsors and start dreaming of all the great things in store.

If you haven’t registered yet, or know someone who is still undecided now is a great time to register!

Hope we see you next month!

Palette and Chisel

The Palette & Chisel  has graciously agreed to be our home-base for the seminar again this year!


When they agreed to be our home-base last year, I was new to the city and hadn’t heard of them. But believe me, it was certainly my loss!

Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts is a rich resource for the urban artist. They offer courses in fine arts from oil to sculpture, watercolor to basic drawing. Members can use the historic building at will and both members and non-members are welcome during 60 hours of open studio time with live models each week!

They’ve been serious about art for over a century! Palette & Chisel club was formed in 1895 as a way for artists of all types to be able to work from live models. They’ve been housed in an 1870’s mansion since 1921 and within the past few decades they’ve begun offering classes. That 1870’s mansion is what we’ll call headquarters at the seminar this July.

Several Urban Sketchers have told me how much they value their memberships at Palette & Chisel and I am personally looking forward to the next time I can make it for open-studio hours. Thankfully, there are plenty of opportunities every week!


Registration is now open!


We are happy to announce that registration for the 2015 Sketch Seminar is now open!

Below a link for registration is provided. After you have completed this registration form, you will receive an invoice from Paypal at the email address you provide. Please send your payment promptly. If you do not pay the invoice within 48 hours, your registration will be cancelled.

If you would like to join us for dinner on Saturday evening (not covered by registration costs) please select it when registering. This is in addition to the four workshops and/or activities you may select.

Please carefully read the instructions before attempting to register:

1) Highlight a workshop/activity you want to attend and CLICK “Select” (dark blue button on bottom right). You will see a little shopping cart icon next to the workshop you have chosen.


2) Repeat for each workshop/activity you wish to attend. The limit, of course, is FOUR, for four different time frames (if you will attend the dinner, that will be a total of five choices). If you choose two workshops or activities for the same time frame, one will be removed from your selection before you receive your invoice for payment. A duplicate activity or workshop will be removed at random, so please choose carefully!!


3) After you have chosen your 4 workshops and/or activities, please proceed to checkout by clicking the light green button, “Proceed.” (in the bottom right)


4) Review your selected workshops and/or activities carefully. If they are correct, click the green “Book now” button.

5) Follow all directions given by the site until you receive your Confirmation ID. DO NOT use an email address you do not check – this is how we will send you an invoice.

NOTE: Payment will not be accepted on this site. You will receive a PayPal invoice by the end of the day on which you register. The invoice will request payment within 48 hours. IF YOUR PAYMENT IS NOT RECEIVED WITHIN 48 HOURS, your reservation will be cancelled and you may or may not be able to re-register for your chosen workshops, depending on availability.

We look forward to seeing you in July!

To register please use the link below:


Activity 4: Supply Speed Dating

Activity 4: Supply Speed Dating

© Andrew Banks 2014

© Andrew Banks 2014

Leader: Allana Pierce

Ever wondered what tools other Urban Sketchers use or what they’re like to work with? This activity will give you the chance to try 2-4 other Urban Sketchers’ setups and tools.  Participants will set up their urban sketching tools (chairs, notebooks, pens, paints, etc.) and prepare to make a sketch, BUT, before participants begin sketching, they will rotate to their left and sketch on their neighbors’ notebooks with their neighbors’ tools.  After sketching for a set time each participant will move to another location and try another sketcher’s tools!

If participants only occasionally bring along a seat, they are encouraged to bring it this time.

This activity will take place in a single location.

© Andrew Banks 2014

Trying out setups at last year’s “Supply Speed Dating” © Andrew Banks 2014


Activity 3: Urban Sketching as a Team Sport

Activity 3: Urban Sketching as a Team Sport

Leaders: Barbara Weeks & Don Colley

This activity is all about practicing collaborative sketching.  The team of sketchers will work on a preselected location.  We will huddle and decide on our formation (line or triangle or square) and work in collaboration to create an urban mural.  We will select our urban panorama and divide it into segments.  We will work on individual sheets, taking care to match image sizes with our neighbor sketchers on both sides.

This activity will take place in a single location.

Last year's "Urban Sketching as a Team Sport" © Andrew Banks 2014

Last year’s “Urban Sketching as a Team Sport” © Andrew Banks 2014