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

Activity 2: Make your own Watercolor Sketchbook

Activity 2: Make your own Watercolor Sketchbook

Meandering Journal

Meandering Journal

Leader: Jodie McGovern

Never be without your favorite paper in a sketchbook again! Participants will first watch a demonstration of coptic bookbinding (A process of sewing paper into a book with an uncovered binding) to use later on their own. Then participants  will learn to take a 22×30 inch sheet of watercolor paper, fold and tear it into a sketchbook called a meandering journal.

If supplies are required registrants will be informed.

This activity will take place in a single location.


Coptic Binding

Coptic Binding

Activity 1: Architecture Walk

Activity 1: Architecture Walk

Leader: Allana Pierce

This activity merges a SketchCrawl with an Architecture Tour*. Sketchers will start from Palette & Chisel on a SketchCrawl that highlights interesting architecture in the area. At a handful of stops your guide will give a brief history of the building and highlight interesting architectural elements while you settle in to sketch. Other stops will be made as needed, depending on how long we’d like to spend at each sketch location! This activity will coincide with the morning class and finish at the lunch break before afternoon classes.

*Please note: this activity involves changing locations several times and walking between locations.

© Andrew Banks 2014

Architecture Walk stop at last summer’s seminar © Andrew Banks 2014

Confused about the difference between “Workshops” and “Activities”? Check out this explanation.