What we're about

Victoria Urban Sketchers is a group of like-minded artists who enjoy bi-weekly outings to sketch interesting locations.

We usually sketch buildings, areas and people, and sometimes a location is a beach, a bridge, a park, or even a graveyard. Winter months may find us warming inside a cafe, a market, a museum, a pawn shop, a church, a pub, a ballet lesson. We try to find visually varied and sometimes challenging subjects.

Artists of all ages, over the age of 16, are welcome and are asked to bring their own supplies: i.e. a sketchbook or artist paper, pencils, pens and watercolour paint, if needed. A small fold-up camp stool is ideal for sketching. An umbrella or a poncho could be a good idea. Just in case. A large brimmed hat to protect you from the sun and perhaps a bottle of water. Never be cold. If it's cool, bring warm.

We love the rain. We live in a "rain forest," which subjects us to the odd shower. May we suggest that our members don't get frightened away but use the weather as an excuse to create a great sketch or some good art.

Our regular schedule is every two weeks on a Saturday morning. Following a two hour sketch we find a local coffeehouse or restaurant for a gathering to talk about art and creative inspiration, and to sometimes take pictures of our creations for this web site (your choice). Some of us also return to sketch some more.

Sketching is grassroots art. Join us and have a great time meeting new people and exercise that creative passion. All levels of experience are welcome, including none. Beginners are especially encouraged to participate. It's all about being a part of something and having fun while learning. No instruction, but very friendly people. As a plus, we have some really good artists members who you can team-up with and observe.

At Victoria Urban Sketchers we never show negativity toward someone's art. We welcome creativity of any sorts and applaud your individual effort. We sketch on sight and on site. And show us your art when it's finished. Go for it and create in whatever style you wish. Your creativity is yours and it will be received with wonder, joy and enthusiasm.
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We simply ask that you ALWAYS check in with the organizer upon arrival at the Meetup location and we usually pass a hat for a Looney ($1) contribution to the Meetup (web site) fee.

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We are a chapter in the international Urban Sketchers group. To Urban Sketchers around the world and in Canada, Victoria is a sketching city, join us when you can.


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.

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We welcome all visitors and guests as a non-members for three visits but then we kindly ask you to join our on-line membership.

Join our Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/victoriaurb... (https://www.facebook.com/groups/victoriaurbansketchers/)

Regular members are encouraged to post their relevant art work appropriate to specific locations. We encourage members to post sketches on our Flickr site. https://www.flickr.com/groups/victoriaurbansketchers/

Please try to colour correct and place the art work the right way up. Also please do not overwhelm our exhibit by posting an over-abundance of photography. We are not a photography club. And advertising in any manner is strictly prohibited. The Organizer reserves the right to edit all images and comments submitted.

Encouraging and constructive comments are always welcome and highly valued. Negative, insulting or mean-spirited comments will be edited, deleted or flagged as inappropriate.

Victoria's art supply shops, Island Blue and Art World have agreed to give a 10% discount on all regular priced items, to committed Victoria Urban Sketchers members who hold a member card. See Brian or Cheryl for Member card. Opus suggests you sign up with them individually for a personal 5% discount.

"Life at the speed of Sketching" by Brian Hebb

James Gurney in the grave yard
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB72FFx-44g... (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB72FFx-44g#t=58)

Court Room Artist.

Why Is Drawing Important? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEIiUs7eg7c

A very inspiring sketcher.

Here's a group of Urban Sketchers in Belgium. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM5WZDrzUjk

An Urban Sketcher in New York. https://vimeo.com/30244195

Urban Sketcher films. https://vimeo.com/channels/208503

A short video of the Montreal Urban Sketchers. http://www.lapresse.ca/videos/arts/201401/31/46-1-un-dimanche-dessin-avec-les-urban-sketchers.php/88e7689b46104686982f97b322b832ad

The Metro Da Vinci. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAy34LUknd8

Watercolour Sketchbook by Keith Miller - Cambodia . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BVBtA86HRk

Newfoundland Sketchbook. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdOdX8zuFys

Three great watercolour artists work together. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_udWJtZ-yY... (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_udWJtZ-yY&feature=share)

A time-laps video of Urban Sketching.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9n3hkBEzUg... (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9n3hkBEzUg#t=43)

Sketching in watercolour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvR98ReWXMw

The Art of the Royal Family. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8w0NprtsTQ

Art as Therapy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFnNgTSkHPM

The Secret of Drawing - Episode#1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H59cVnnF9Y


Urban Sketchers. http://www.urbansketchers.org/

James Gurney. http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.ca/

Sketching Nature. http://naturesketchers.blogspot.ca/

Cathy Johnson. http://www.flickr.com/photos/cathy-johnson/

Inspiration from Danny Gregory: http://dannygregory.wordpress.com

Make your own sketchbook. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2FRKbQI2kY...;

Make a Moleskine type Sketchbook. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERhZGHQtCCk

Upcoming events (4)

Sketch a Library

Greater Victoria Public Library - Central Branch

Libraries are filled with knowledge and learners. They are also filled with colour, angles and rows of books. What a treat to be invited into our public library building to sketch and make art with the subjects that speak to us. After sketch chat and get-together will be at the food court, at the top of the Hudson Bay Centre.

Sketch a SUNDAY flea market

Victoria Flea Market

NOTE: This is a SUNDAY. How many different fleas can you sketch? An antique baby carriage, old cameras, candle sticks, vintage and retro collectables. Arts and crafts. Be on time for free (Sketchers) entry or be late and pay the fee. After sketch get-together: Spinnakers Pub.

Sketch an Aircraft

BC Aviation Museum

Sketch an aircraft from another era at the BC Aviation Museum. https://www.bcam.net PLEASE NOTE: This is an aircraft hanger and not heated. Please bring something warm to wear. And possibly a seat. ALSO: Don't be late. 11am we enter together. Cost of $5.00 per person (group rate) please bring the correct change. Plus the usual $1 meetup website contribution. Driving note: Take Patricia Bay Highway (Hwy 17) north toward the airport. Exit Hwy 17 at the McTavish Road interchange and take the exit to the airport and Canora Road. Approx 300 metres bear right and follow Canora Road north for 800 metres. Watch for the Museum sign on left. Turn left at Norseman Road and head for the parking lot. After sketch get-together at Mary's Bleue Moon Cafe

Sketchwalk with Gaby

Beacon Hill Park

NOTE: This is a SUNDAY. Gaby Campanario, the Founder of Urban Sketchers, with be in Victoria giving four classes on Friday afternoon April 12th, Saturday morning and afternoon April 13th and Sunday morning April 14th. Class info at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-sketching-victoria-bc-with-gabi-campanario-registration-54235234045 Our Sunday event/sketchwalk is in collaboration with Gaby as he opens up his afternoon time to Victorian Urban Sketching. Location in Beacon Hill Park - TBA

Past events (157)

Sketch some Furniture

Scan Furniture/Muse & Merchant

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