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The Triangle Sketch Crawl is where sketchers of all skill levels meet and sketch at different locations throughout the Triangle. The sketch crawl is a simple way to explore parts of the city you've never seen and share your art with others. The only thing you need to bring is your pencils, sketch pad and a friend, if you like. If you feel like you can't draw...come try, you are welcome! Our TSC sketch events are organized by Josia Lamberto-Egan and Robin Eisner and are free to anyone that wants to draw, paint or charcoal the Triangle on paper! We also post a lot of art events run by other places (such as the Nasher Museum) each month, so check out our calendar.

Upcoming events (5+)

Reportage Pop-Up with Stacye Leanza


Local artist Stayce Leanza, a longtime instructor at Carrboro Arts Center and a good friend of TSC, is teaching pop-up drawing workshops this August, focused on improving your skills at drawing on location. Here's Stayce's description: "Here's something fun that might fit in to your summer schedule: Friday night with a small group of sketchers, sketching the scene at a lively cafe or art gallery. I’ve got 2 Friday night Reportage Pop-ups coming up in August! I’ll offer some simple tips to help you capture the juicy stuff, and some individual guidance, too. Pop Up 2. Reportage with Music or Beer Tasting Location: EITHER beer tasting at Imbibe in Chapel Hill, or music at Blue Note Grill in Durham. Students get to vote! Learn more about using color & lighting to create depth … & more, if there’s time. + Imbibe is a lively, authentic, New Orleans style restaurant / bar. + The Blue Note is the place to hear blues music in Durham. Sign up early & send me your vote! Final details will be sent to those registered, a couple days before the event." Josia's note: this is an independent event, not hosted by Sketch Crawl. You must buy a ticket to attend this event. Tickets are available at artscenterlive.org/performance/14986. You can RSVP to this on Meetup to encourage others to attend, but a meetup rsvp will NOT hold you a spot at the event.

Weekly Life Drawing at Carrboro Arts Ctr

Carrboro Arts Center

Carrboro Arts Center hosts this weekly figure-drawing studio, one of the longest-running and most reliable in the Triangle. The CAC provides easels, which is nice if you like to work upright. I haven't been to this recently, but I talked to Sketch Crawlers who have; they told me the nude models are excellent and experienced. One member said, "It was relaxing and the atmosphere is so reminiscent of art studios from my past." There is a timekeeper, and the format is short poses to start, longer poses as the evening goes on. The session lasts about 2 hours. Cost is $15 for one session, or you can buy a 4-session punchcard for $52. *Disclaimer: Sketch Crawl does not run this event. While it is a long-standing weekly session, sometimes CAC will skip a week for holidays, snowstorms, etc. You can always call ahead to verify:[masked]

Go Figure

The Carrack Modern Art

Tickets are $7.50: https://go-figure.ticketleap.com/go-figure/ Go Figure is a drawing program that makes figure drawing cheap and accessible to everyone. Whether this is the first time you’ve picked up a pencil or you’re a seasoned vet ready for more this is a place for people to try new things, grow skills, and most importantly meet others from our community. This event will happen on at The Carrack. Arrival starts at 6:30. Doors will be locked and drawing will begin at 7. There will be a 15-20 minute warm up and then some longer poses (with breaks in between) following. The event ends at 9 but if you’re interested in feedback hang back for a few and we can have an informal critique. Please read the rules and guidelines. Did I miss anything? Do you have questions? Please email me at [masked] Rules for patrons of “Go Figure” Mature audiences only. Must be 18 or over. Absolutely no photography of the model or the space while event is going on. This is a safe space. Please be respectful to other artists, host and model. If your presence, actions, or remarks are found to be disrespectful by other artists, the host or the model you will be asked to leave without a refund. Future invitations will be reconsidered by the host and model. Examples include but are not limited: Please use correct pronoun preferences. If you are unsure ask. No romantic advances. No aggressive actions or remarks You are welcome to bring whatever drawing supplies you are currently finding inspiration in. If you are late: the door will be locked. Please just knock and wait until the next break for us to open the door. Highly recommended you show up before 7pm. If you know that showing up before 7 is going to be difficult please email me and I’ll give you my number. You can text me that you are there and I’ll text you when there’s a break so that you can just wait in your car instead of waiting outside on the porch. Guidelines and tips Please bring your own supplies. As long as you something to draw with and something to draw on you’ll be good. (Recommended) if you have an easel that is easily transportable please bring it. Unfortunately the only drawing space we can provide are tables and chairs. If you are interested in advancing your drawing skills I have had the most growth through Nicolaides “The Natural Way to Draw.” This methodology is how the class will be structured. It by no means is required but recommended for those interested in pursuing drawing. This is a new and evolving event. Feedback is much appreciated.

Live Portrait Night at Zog's

Zog's Art Bar

Zog's in Chapel Hill hosts a live-model portrait session every first Monday of the month. They use a seated (and clothed) model, and the poses are 25 minutes - a nice length if you're looking to work on your details. There are always some Sketch Crawlers at this event (myself included) - it's nice to have an occasional change of pace from the usual "silent & studious" drawing class atmosphere. The bartenders are friendly, drinks are cheap, and the music tends towards vintage funk and soul. Not a bad way to spend a couple hours. Cost is $5 which goes directly to the model. They provide basic supplies (charcoal, pencils, paper) but of course you can bring your own as well. Zog's is upstairs from Imbibe restaurant, just off Franklin St in CH. If street parking is crowded, there's a cheap parking deck at Henderson and Rosemary.

Past events (739)

Weekly Life Drawing at Carrboro Arts Ctr

Carrboro Arts Center

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