What we're about

Do you love to sketch and draw from the world around you? Welcome to the Milwaukee Sketch Club! This is a group where like-minded artists, both amateur and professional, get together and sketch/draw from the real world. It's also a great opportunity to meet and network with other like-minded creative folks in the Milwaukee area! Some of our meetings will be held in public, freely available spaces, but we will also have meetups at places such as the Boerner Botanical Gardens, the Milwaukee County Zoo, the art museum, the Mitchell Park Conservatory, the Milwaukee Public Museum, etc.

Whether you're a professional artist, a beginner, or someone who's just looking for a unique way to take in the city of Milwaukee and it's surrounding areas, this is the group for you!

Upcoming events (3)

Sketching at Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

It's finally spring and we're back! Join us on Saturday, April 20th at 1:00pm for an afternoon of sketching at the beautiful Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum - located on Milwaukee's lakefront. The Terrace features multiple galleries as well as a large, scenic garden. Currently within the museum there is a special exhibition entitled "Moving Images: British Royal Portraiture and the Circulation of Ideas": "Depicting the British royal family from the Victorian Age to the present, the ceremonial and family photographic portraits presented in Moving Images show how images can both reflect and energize major cultural shifts. Mediating affinities between British monarchs and their subjects, the photographs also contributed to the formation and negotiation of ideas about one’s relationship to nation, family and gender. The royal portraits included in the exhibition are symbolic of the lasting cultural effects of Britain’s move to large-scale production of goods, the growth of a middle class, and related shifting gender roles. Generously on loan from the collection of Jodi and John Eastberg, the exhibition includes works by royal photographers Dorothy Wilding, Cecil Beaton, and Marcus Adams." Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and students, and free for children 12 and under. There is ample street parking available near the museum. We will meet in the main entrance when the museum opens at 1:00pm and hang around a bit while we wait for any stragglers. Please feel free to bring your sketchbooks, pencils, pens, or whatever your favorite drawing tools are! If you have any questions or plan on attending the meet-up but will be coming a bit later please message Bryan and let him know. Hope to see you there!

Sketching at the Haggerty Museum of Art at UW Marquette

Haggerty Museum of Art

Come and join us for a fun and relaxed afternoon of sketching at UW Marquette's Haggerty Museum of Art! The museum is pretty small, but there should be plenty to work from. There's currently an exhibition entitled "Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle": "Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle explores the past, present, and future of North America’s Great Lakes–one of the world’s most emblematic and ecologically significant ecosystems. This multifaceted project was initiated in 2013, when artist Alexis Rockman embarked on a research tour of the Great Lakes region. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a suite of five mural-sized (6 x 12’) paintings exploring separate themes that emerged during Rockman’s travels. The paintings are accompanied by several large-scale watercolors and field drawings–monochromatic animal and plant studies made from site-sourced organic material such as mud, sand, coal, and leaves. One of the world’s great natural treasures, the Great Lakes—Erie, Huron, Ontario, Michigan, and Superior—form an interconnected system that is among the most beautiful, economically important, and ecologically complex regions on the planet. The Great Lakes—which hold over 20% of the world’s fresh water—contain resources that are among the most precious for the future of humankind, and for life on earth. Rockman’s series celebrates the natural majesty and global importance of the Great Lakes, while exploring how they are threatened by factors including climate change, globalization, invasive species, mass agriculture, and urban sprawl. While there has been some success in reversing these trends, the exhibition of these dramatic works will serve to inspire wider understanding and facilitate meaningful dialogue about this critically important issue." Entrance to the museum is free to the public! Parking for Haggerty visitors is available in Marquette University's Lot J, accessed from North 11th Street between Wisconsin Avenue and Clybourn Street. There are 15 spaces in the 85-space lot dedicated to Haggerty guests on a regular basis, and other spaces in Lot J are available on a first-come, first-served basis for museum programs. Overflow parking is available in the Wells Street Parking Structure, or at metered spaces on Clybourn located between North 12th and 13th streets, between 13th and 15th streets. Please feel free to bring your sketchbooks, pencils, pens, or whatever your favorite drawing tools are! If you have any questions or plan on attending the meet-up but will be coming a bit later please message Bryan and let him know. Hope to see you there!

Sketching at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes)

"The Domes" - Mitchell Park Conservatory

For this meet-up we will be sketching at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory ("The Domes") on Layton Blvd. in Milwaukee! The conservatory features three main domes, all of which have their own theme - Desert, Tropical, and Floral. They feature a diverse variety of plant-life from around the world. We will be spending ample time between the three domes, sketching and illustrating whatever catches our eyes. Between April 20th and May 25th the Conservatory's floral dome will be transformed into a Japanese zen garden for its spring show. The meeting will be held on Saturday, May 18th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. We will be meeting inside the front entrance (look for the people holding their sketchbooks). We'll hang around for 10-15 minutes chatting and waiting for stragglers, then we'll head into the domes and start sketching. Also, considering the domes are indoors, we will be meeting rain or shine! ***There is a $8 admission fee for the Conservatory, $7 if you're a Milwaukee County Resident*** What to bring: Please feel free to bring a sketchbook and whatever art supplies you prefer to sketch with, be it pencils, pens, charcoal, etc. Also be sure to bring money for the admission fee mentioned above. Parking: The conservatory has ample parking so there shouldn't be any issues there, but there is also street parking available. If you have any further questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to message Bryan.

Past events (4)

Sketching at the MSOE Grohmann Museum!

Grohmann Museum

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