What we’re about
We get together on weekends to wander around San Francisco, sketching people and places, natural and urban. We usually sketch for 2-3 hours, then sit down in a cafe to share sketches and chat. Sometimes we join up with other sketching groups or do field trips outside the city. Everyone welcome.
Upcoming events (4+)See all
- Monday Morning Zoom Sketch GroupLink visible for attendees
Start your Monday sketching with pencil, pen or watercolor. We'll take turns posing for seven minutes each with a different theme each week. We are always fully clothed. At the end of each session we share our work.
Beginning or experienced artists are welcome.
We'll do every Monday from 9AM - 11AM.
You will receive an email with the Zoom link, so make sure that Meetup.com has your correct email address. Also check that your Settings are turned on to receive Mailing list messages "As they are sent" (it's the last one on the list of email settings).
◦ Make sure you have updated your browser (Chrome works best) and your operating system
◦ If you are on a tablet, download the Zoom app before entering the room.
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◦ Arrive at the waiting room 5 to 10 minutes before the start time.
◦ We can chat while drawing, but remember to mute yourself if there's a lot of background noise or you need to shuffle things around or talk to someone at home.
- Sketching live musiciansLink visible for attendees
Dinah and Noah Stroe have been hosting this jam session online for a while now and welcome sketchers to participate!
Come on by and draw along with the music!
There is a “Grand Reveal” at the end of the session when sketchers get an opportunity to show their work.
If you enjoy yourself come back next time!
(Add the link to your calendar.)
Pre-Covid, this jam session used to be live 2 or 3 times a month on a Tuesday evening at an Andronico’s market in the Inner Sunset. Money dropped in the collection hat was donated to a good cause. Dinah and Noah would love it if any sketchers who would like to contribute, would donate to the San Francisco Marin Food Bank: sfmfoodbank.org
It helps to be a little familiar with Zoom:
• During the jam, you should be muted.
• The best drawing method is to choose a musician in gallery view, go to the three little dots in the upper right of their individual image and select “pin" so that you get a full screen view of them.
•You can also take a screen grab if you want a motionless pose.
Command+shift+3 automatically puts a shot of the whole screen on your desktop.
Command+shift+4 allows you to drag the cursor over the area you want to select.
If you have more than one screen, Command+shift+5 lets you click on the window you want to capture.
(sketches by Mary)
- Holiday Party at Arch & Sketch at Blu DotBlu Dot, San Francisco, CA
It's that time of year, and Arch Art Supplies is putting on a holiday party for us again. There will be drinks and snacks, and a 10% discount so we can stock up on supplies for another year of sketching.
But we have to get some sketching in first, so we're starting out at the elegant Blu Dot furniture store a couple of blocks away.
11:30 Meet at Blu Dot, 99 Missouri Street @ 17th. We can sketch in the store, or go around to the porch in back for an interesting under-the-freeway view.
1:30-ish When you're done sketching, head over to Arch, two blocks west at 1490 17th Street, to hang out with other sketchers over drinks, snacks and shopping.
Around 2:15 we'll toast to another year of sketching together.
Transit: From 16th Street BART it's a 10 minute ride east on the 22 or 55 buses. You can also catch the 22 west from the Chase Center on the T-Third MUNI line.
Bike: There's a good bicycle lane along 17th Street.
Car: You will probably be able to park within a couple of blocks. Unless there's some sporting event going on, there's usually parking along Jackson Park on Arkansas, just south of 17th.
• A waterbrush to use with your watercolor paint, so you don't risk spilling anything on the furniture at Blu Dot. (If you're planning to paint outside, feel free to be as messy as you want.)
• A sketching stool if you have one. Otherwise you can sit on the steps inside the store or the chairs in back.
• Your credit card, in case you want to take advantage of the 10% discount to buy art supplies.
– Sketch by Laurie Wigham
- Trad'r Sam with the Sunset SketchersTrad'r Sam, san francisco, CA
Short description: Meet at the bar at 3PM. Share sketches there at 5:00
Trad'r Sam, the oldest tiki bar in the country, is an anchor of the outer Richmond District. To celebrate its recent return from what had threatened to be permanent closure, the Sunset Sketchers will be sitting in on Sunday afternoon.
The kitschy exotica of the interior affords the artist with endless tableaux. For those who'd rather not hang out in a bar on a Sunday, there is plenty to draw from in the vast, Russo-Chinese steppe outside the door.
Muni: 29 Sunset, 38 Geary