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 2019: 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 free 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, e) are looking to host workshops or courses for sketchers, or f) 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.

May 15, 2019: Please note that to pay the hosting fees for meetup.com, we have a minimum suggested annual donation of $5. We ask that you only donate this when you come to your second-ever meetup. You are welcome to attend without donation he first time.

Upcoming events (5+)

Sketch New West Quay

Location visible to members

There are lots of sketching opportunities at the River Market in New West: river views, the market, boats, and lots of indoor areas in case of rain. Let’s meet at the Tin Soldier at 10:00am, and return at 12:00pm to share our sketches. Bring your sketching kit. Getting there: - By transit, the River Market is a short walk south of New Westminster Skytrain Station. - By car, there is the East Parking Lot (between Fraser River Discover Centre and Westminster Pier Park). It looks like there is free 3-hour parking on weekends, though I've never parked there myself. There is more parking info here: http://rivermarket.ca/parking

Draw Yaletown, Roundhouse Community Centre

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Meet at 12 noon outside on the locomotive turntable at the community centre, near the corner of Davie and Pacific. Bring your own drawing supplies. Everyone welcome. No instruction, no demos, no lectures. If it rains we will be inside the community centre. Say hello, go and draw for two hours and return at 2pm to share our experiences and drawings. Lots to draw within a few blocks. Food, coffee, washrooms, skytrain all nearby. Let's go for coffee after.

Sketch @ Harmony Arts Festival

Ferry Building Gallery | West Vancouver

Let's sketch at the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver next to picturesque Ambleside Park on the seashore. Admission is free to most attractions and there will be art for sale, demos, music, food, beverages, and all the amenities. Bring a sunhat, sunscreen, or an umbrella depending on the weather, and of course, your usual sketching supplies including something to sit upon if required. We will meet at 12 noon at the Ferry Building Gallery which is also where we will meet at 2 pm. Parking is at a premium so it is advisable to take transit and your choice of buses is as follows: 250, 251, 257. Get off at 14th Street, go south to Argyle Street and the lovely Ferry Building Gallery is on the corner at 1414 Argyle Street. The Translink Trip Planner can be found at https://tripplanning.translink.ca/. The festival is from August 2 to 11. For more information on the festival visit https://www.harmonyarts.ca/. This festival is really good!

Sketch at Powell Street Festival

Vancouver Buddhist Temple

The annual Powell Street Festival is Vancouver's biggest Japanese-Canadian celebration. Lots of demos of dancing, music and martial arts; tables and booths of craft and food vendors. Lots of food. A busy area covering three blocks. There are also some heritage houses and pre-war commercial buildings nearby. This year, for the first time, the festival will not be IN Oppenheimer Park itself, to avoid displacing local users, but use the streets along the east of it and to the north. Many venues are being relocated along Alexander Street (north and parallel to Powell) further west than previous years to Gore. That's where the main stage will now be (so this photo scene may not happen again). Here's the weekend's schedule and map: http://www.powellstreetfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Program_2019_Final.pdf Two blocks from Hastings Street where the 14, 16, 20 buses run. Buses 4 and 7 go right along Powell. There's a stop across the street. We'll meet at the north-east corner of Oppenheimer Park, hopefully under the shade of some trees, across Jackson Street from the Buddhist Temple. It could be hot. Bring sunscreen, hat, water bottle (they have filling stations), as well as your usual art supplies. No, don't bring your usual art supplies - try something new!

Past events (575)

Let's Sketch around Strathcona a third time!!!

Hunnybee Bruncheonette

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