Island Sketching Victoria is a group of like-minded artists who enjoy bi-weekly outings to sketch interesting locations.

We usually sketch buildings, areas and people, and sometimes a location is a beach, a bridge, a park, or even a graveyard. Winter months may find us warming inside a cafe, a market, a museum, a pawn shop, a church, a pub, a ballet lesson. We try to find visually varied and sometimes challenging subjects. 

Artists of all ages, over the age of 16, are welcome and are asked to bring their own supplies: i.e. a sketchbook or artist paper, pencils, pens and watercolour paint, if needed. A small fold-up camp stool is ideal for sketching. Bringing an umbrella or a poncho could be a good idea. Just in case. A large brimmed hat to protect you from the sun and perhaps a bottle of water. If it's cool, bring warm.

We love the rain. We live in a "rain forest," which subjects us to the odd shower. May we suggest that our members don't get frightened away but use the weather as an excuse to create a great sketch or some good art.

Our regular schedule is every two weeks on a Saturday morning. Following a two hour sketch we find a local coffeehouse or restaurant for a gathering to talk about art and inspiration, and to take pictures of our creations for this web site (your choice). Some of us also return to sketch some more.

Join us and have a great time meeting new people and exercise that creative passion. All levels of experience are welcome, including none. Beginners are especially encouraged to participate. It's all about being a part of something and having fun while learning. No instruction, but very friendly people. As a plus, we have some really good artists members who you can sit with and observe.

At Island Sketching we never show negativity toward someone's art. We welcome creativity of any sorts and applaud your individual effort. We sketch on sight and on site, and if you wish to shoot photographs to refine your sketches later, we encouraged you to show us your art when it's finished. Go for it and create in whatever style you wish. Your creativity is yours and it will be received with wonder, joy and enthusiasm. 
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Please bring a Looney ($1) as contribution to the Meetup fee, and ALWAYS check in with the organizer upon arrival at the Meetup location. 

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We are inspired by the Urban Sketchers group of Vancouver and the international Urban Sketchers groups around the world. To Urban Sketchers, Victoria is a sketching city, join us when you can.
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We welcome all visitors and guests as a non-members for three visits but then we kindly ask you to join our on-line membership.

Regular members are encouraged to post their relevant art work appropriate to specific locations. 
Please try to colour correct and place the art work the right way up. Also please do not overwhelm our exhibit by posting an over-abundance of photography. We are not a photography club. And advertising in any manner is strictly prohibited. The Organizer reserves the right to edit all images and comments submitted. 

Encouraging and constructive comments are always welcome and highly valued. Negative, insulting or mean-spirited comments will be edited, deleted or flagged as inappropriate.

Victoria's art supply shops, Island Blue and Art World, have agreed to give a 10% discount, on all regular priced items, to committed Island Sketching members who hold a member card. See Brian or Cheryl for Member card. Opus suggests you sign up with them individually for a personal 5% discount.

James Gurney in the grave yard

Court Room Artist.

Why Is Drawing Important?

A very inspiring sketcher.

Here's a group of Urban Sketchers in Belgium.

An Urban Sketcher in New York.

Urban Sketcher films.

A short video of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.

The Metro Da Vinci.

Watercolour Sketchbook by Keith Miller - Cambodia .

Newfoundland Sketchbook.

Three great watercolour artists work together.

A time-laps video of Urban Sketching.

Sketching in watercolour:

The Art of the Royal Family.

Art as Therapy:

The Secret of Drawing - Episode#1.


Urban Sketchers.

James Gurney.

Sketching Nature.

Cathy Johnson.

Inspiration from Danny Gregory:

Make your own sketchbook.;

Make a Moleskine type Sketchbook.

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