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Welcome Fellow Sketcher!

Sacramento Sketchers is a fairly new group (started in November 2012) for artists who enjoy the challenge of sketching and drawing landscape scenes, objects, portraits and figures from real life. Our events are partnered up with the well-established Sacramento Plein Air Painters meetup group which currently has 489 members. So, more artists usually attend our events than the RSVP numbers on our pages indicate.

If you like the camaraderie and feedback of being around other artists when you draw, this group is for you! If you also like to paint, you should join Sacramento Plein Air Painters, too.

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For the most part, our events are not classes and most of our meetups are free of charge. Occasionally, one of our artists may offer a demo or a more formal step-by-step lesson.

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Sometimes we'll have friendly competitions like quick draw events and art show events at a few galleries who'll spotlight our artworks.

We have a friendly group critique, quarterly in a restaurant, along with Sacramento Plein Air Painters - bring one drawing or sketch and bring your appetite!

Our focus is on fun, friendship, and on always improving our sketching and drawing skills.

Kids under 18 are welcome to our events with an accompanying adult and well-behaved dogs on leashes are fine at (most, not all) outdoor meetups.

So, take a look at our upcoming events, become one of our charter members and join us, then RSVP a "YES" for something. Grab your sketchbook, your drawing tools, and come have fun with us! You don't need to RSVP "No" - just click the "Yes" button. Thanks,

~Martha Esch, Organizer

Upcoming events (5+)

Martha's 1st Fridays Watercolor Hike in Locke California

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$5.00

Fun hikes with an educational, easy watercolor postcard art lesson for all ages, now repeating monthly. We supply all art supplies. Small watercolor kits, 3.5 x 5" blank postcards and watercolor brushes. Your donation of $5 greatly appreciated. You keep your postcard masterpiece. Bring your water bottle, bug spray and pocket snack. Meet at the Lockeport Grill & Fountain, 4 buildings past famous Al the Wops in historic Locke. This is a mostly level 1.5 mile hike. There is one 20' long somewhat steep narrow path up a levee hill and some optional off-path prickly narrow paths. Don't be late! We wind up back on Main Street, Locke where we'll arrange a grouping of our color sketches together (optional) for an informal 5 minute group art show and photo. Your well-behaved, obedient dog on a leash okay to bring along. Do bring your cheerful children and grandchildren! Rain or high winds cancels. Meanwhile, think sunshine! Our Sacramento Plein Air Painters and Hikers & Company meetup groups are also invited and we may find a few more friends to join us, so there may be a few more participants than our RSVPs indicate here. Call[masked] if you have any questions. Winter hikes October through March start at 3:30 pm since it gets dark so early. Summer hikes April through September start at 4:30 pm. Thanks, Martha Esch

"Paint (or Sketch) the Town" in historic Locke Calif~Monthly, 1st Sat 9:30 -12

Meet on wood deck under Gambling House sign. 1265 Levee Road at corner of Main Street in historic Locke, Calif 95690

Historic Locke, California “Paint (& Sketch) the Town” 1st Saturdays of every month - unless its raining! Above sketch of Locke, California by Fred Pitts, 2013. This is an ongoing 1st Saturday of each month paint & sketch event, from 9:30 am to noon (weather permitting). Locke is a historic, tiny, rustic Old West town with tons of charm and unique history. Pack your lunch or plan to eat at Locke Garden Restaurant or at Al the Wops famous bar & restaurant. Parking lot at north end of the town. There are public restrooms at the north end of town by the big parking lot. Set up your easel on Main Street on the walkways, under the shade. Please check out Martha's studio and gallery in Locke, called, “The Shack,” located five buildings past Al the Wops at the inside corner of Levee Road and Main Street. Visit Strange Cargo and tell Lisa Kirk, the lively and fun Proprietress, I sent ya. We try to gather for a group photo at 11 AM beneath the Gambling House sign at the end of Main Street Bring the kids. Don’t forget your camera. Questions call[masked]-two thousand ~martha There's never a bad day in Locke!

Martha's 1st Fridays Watercolor Hike in Locke California

Location visible to members

$5.00

Fun hikes with an educational, easy watercolor postcard art lesson for all ages, now repeating monthly. We supply all art supplies. Small watercolor kits, 3.5 x 5" blank postcards and watercolor brushes. Your donation of $5 greatly appreciated. You keep your postcard masterpiece. Bring your water bottle, bug spray and pocket snack. Meet at the Lockeport Grill & Fountain, 4 buildings past famous Al the Wops in historic Locke. This is a mostly level 1.5 mile hike. There is one 20' long somewhat steep narrow path up a levee hill and some optional off-path prickly narrow paths. Don't be late! We wind up back on Main Street, Locke where we'll arrange a grouping of our color sketches together (optional) for an informal 5 minute group art show and photo. Your well-behaved, obedient dog on a leash okay to bring along. Do bring your cheerful children and grandchildren! Rain or high winds cancels. Meanwhile, think sunshine! Our Sacramento Plein Air Painters and Hikers & Company meetup groups are also invited and we may find a few more friends to join us, so there may be a few more participants than our RSVPs indicate here. Call[masked] if you have any questions. Winter hikes October through March start at 3:30 pm since it gets dark so early. Summer hikes April through September start at 4:30 pm. Thanks, Martha Esch

"Paint (or Sketch) the Town" in historic Locke Calif~Monthly, 1st Sat 9:30 -12

Meet on wood deck under Gambling House sign. 1265 Levee Road at corner of Main Street in historic Locke, Calif 95690

Historic Locke, California “Paint (& Sketch) the Town” 1st Saturdays of every month - unless its raining! Above sketch of Locke, California by Fred Pitts, 2013. This is an ongoing 1st Saturday of each month paint & sketch event, from 9:30 am to noon (weather permitting). Locke is a historic, tiny, rustic Old West town with tons of charm and unique history. Pack your lunch or plan to eat at Locke Garden Restaurant or at Al the Wops famous bar & restaurant. Parking lot at north end of the town. There are public restrooms at the north end of town by the big parking lot. Set up your easel on Main Street on the walkways, under the shade. Please check out Martha's studio and gallery in Locke, called, “The Shack,” located five buildings past Al the Wops at the inside corner of Levee Road and Main Street. Visit Strange Cargo and tell Lisa Kirk, the lively and fun Proprietress, I sent ya. We try to gather for a group photo at 11 AM beneath the Gambling House sign at the end of Main Street Bring the kids. Don’t forget your camera. Questions call[masked]-two thousand ~martha There's never a bad day in Locke!

Past events (207)

"Paint (or Sketch) the Town" in historic Locke Calif~Monthly, 1st Sat 9:30 -12

Meet on wood deck under Gambling House sign. 1265 Levee Road at corner of Main Street in historic Locke, Calif 95690

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