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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.

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USk Sketch Together – Palace of Fine Arts & Worldwide

Beach Street & Baker Street

This is a very exciting WORLDWide 24-hour sketch walk.

Urban Sketchers from all over the globe will be sketching and going live on Instagram. We meet on the corner of Beach and Baker, across the lagoon from the Palace at 10:00 so we will have sketches to show when we go live. There is a large grassy area where we can sit. I will be going live at 11 am, and I will walk around to show our sketches.

Please spread the word and invite other sketchers!

Bring your lunch so we can have a picnic after!

Muni: 28 19th Ave., 30 Stockton,
PresidiGO Shuttle

Monday Morning Zoom Sketch Group

Online event

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.
◦ If you are new to Zoom please read:
◦ Set up a free zoom account if you’ve had trouble accessing Zoom events in the past. If you already have a Zoom account, make sure you've upgraded to version 5.

◦ 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 musicians

Online event

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)

Sketching Sutro Heights Park (with Karen Bash)

Sutro Heights

This quiet neighborhood park is never crowded and offers stunning views of Ocean Beach and the Marin Headlands. There are grassy areas, and a stone parapet, where you can sit and sketch the views of both. Or you can draw the winding paths flanked by trees, locals walking their dogs, or the statues.

In 1885 Adolph Sutro built a large house here at Lands End with formal gardens, an observatory, glass conservatory and the stone parapet. He then opened the gardens to the public. In 1938 when Sutro's daughter Emma, still living in the house, died the land was donated to the city. Today the only original statue left, out of the 200 that were placed around the gardens, is Diana and her stag where we will meet.

I will be at the statue of Diana with her stag (pictured in my sketch) which is halfway along the dirt road between the Point Lobos entryway (flanked by statues of sitting lions) and the 48th Ave entrance. I'll be wearing (or have with me if it's a hot day) my red wool hat with the wide brim.

We'll meet at the grassy area below the statue of Diana at 1:15pm to share our sketches.

Bring: Sutro Heights Park is just above Ocean Beach and it can get overcast (but is sheltered from the wind), so be sure to bring layers. And even though there are benches or logs to sit on you might want to bring a portable chair. The only water fountains are across the street next to the Lands End Visitor Center, so make sure you bring a full water bottle. The Visitors Center also has a snack bar and bathrooms.

Getting There: The #38 Geary bus goes right there. If you're driving there is plenty of parking (no time limits!) across from the park at Lands End Visitor Center parking lot. And there is usually street parking next to the park, but check for time limits. There is a bike lane along Geary Blvd. (that turns into Point Lobos), but if you're coming from Ocean Beach it's a steep climb.

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Sketching live musicians

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