What we're about

This is a Vancouver Urban Sketchers group based on urbansketchers.org (http://www.urbansketchers.org) which is an international nonprofit organization to bring urban sketchers from all over the world together in real life and online.

Please note:

All levels of experience (yes, that includes none!) are welcome.
No judgment, no criticism. We only give positive feedback, tips and encouragement. Every drawing is unique.
This is not a class, but we can learn from one another.
NEW as of October 2014: With the amazing growth of this group, we are getting more and more requests by commercial entities who hope to profit from our community of members. However, our philosophy is to stay free of commercial interests unless they are fee-based (or free) sketching workshops or community-based sketching events. For example, do not contact us if: a) you are a large corporation needing sketchers in the backdrop of your video, b) are looking for volunteer graphic designers, c) are hoping to promote your printing/framing/yoga/dog food business, d) are hoping to promote an event that has nothing to do with sketching, or e) are doing a study that requires you to interview our members.

The concept for this group is simple: We get together outdoors or in coffee shops to sketch our city and surroundings together. You don't need any drawing background, just an interest in drawing your environment. It's very low-key and supportive. We can then share any drawings we want on flickr, here on Meetup, and on a Vancouver Urban Sketchers blog that we are hoping to set up.

The Urban Sketchers manifesto is quoted below. It is based on a tradition called "reportage drawing", and if you create sketches based on it, you can post them on the Urban Sketchers flickr group or related blogs. So you may use this as a guide, but it is not a requirement to participate in this group — any kind of drawing, whether it's based on what you see or interpretations thereof or completely abstracted experiments are welcome here.

Urban Sketchers Manifesto (optional guidelines for this group):

We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
Our drawings are a record of time and place.
We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
We support each other and draw together.
We share our drawings online.
We show the world, one drawing at a time.

April 1, 2014: Please note, we now charge a minimum suggested annual fee of $5. You only have to pay this when you come to your second meetup. If you never participate, no fee, of course. We encourage members who post paid workshops to pay a bit more. The suggested annual fee is $30. All paid workshops must be approved by an organizer before they are posted.

Upcoming events (2)

Sketch right smack in Downtown Vancouver!

Vancouver Art Gallery

Besides meeting IN the art gallery I don't recall a meetup to sketch the downtown core outside. A great place to start is the exterior of the Van Art Gallery. We'll meet on their new North Plaza under the curvy structure across from Nordstrom. So many things to draw nearby: Hotel Vancouver, Robson Sqr ice skating rink, Granville street, Pacific Centre mall. Lots of people, cars, buildings of every age and style. How to choose? As of now, the forecast says sunny and not super cold. We'll see. We can always jump in the mall if it gets wet. Bring your own art supplies and create whatever you like. Split up or find a sketch friend to tag along with. We'll meet back in two hours to show off our great masterpieces.

Sketch Your Way into the Year of the Pig

International Village Mall

CHINESE NEW YEAR is a joyful and festive occasion! Our meetup will focus on the parade which includes several thousand participants, many in colourful costumes. The early start at the Pender Street (or North Entrance) of the International Village Mall will allow us to see the parade close up and as it forms up nearby at the Millennium Gate on Pender Street (between Shanghai Alley and Taylor Street). You can make fast sketches here of the excitement. If you feel too crowded or cold, consider just sketching the performances going on right inside the International Village Mall – Ground Level and in the rotunda area (between the escalators). Otherwise, nearby Dr Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Classical Garden with its small exhibition room (free green tea provided), costumed music performances, tea tastings, lion dancing, etc, is another option. It might be a little crowded but has a much more intimate and traditional atmosphere than in the mall setting. Admission is by donation on this occasion. Otherwise the surrounding cafés, bakeries, etc, are a great option if you just want to stay warm, avoid the crowds and sketch. We will meet at 10:30 am at the PENDER STREET ENTRANCE, INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE MALL. Afterwards we can share what we saw and sketched at 1:30 pm, upstairs on LEVEL 2 (in the FOOD COURT) also in the International Village Plaza Mall) Don't forget your art supplies and do dress warmly. Consider bringing a portable stool too. Excuse the length of this posting. :) See Chinese Benevolent Association link included the parade route: http://www.cbavancouver.ca There are events at the International Village Mall, which is also where we are meeting. This is super convenient, with a Starbucks and food court inside, not to mention a live stage performances for your sketching pleasure. http://www.internationalvillagemall.ca/pages/cny2019-events.php Year of the Pig Temple Fair at Dr Sun Yet-sen Garden which is a good option if you want to stay warm: https://vancouverchinesegarden.com/experience/events/year-of-the-pig-temple-fair/

Past events (540)

Sketching at Vancouver Public Library

Vancouver Public Library - Central Branch

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