Thursday, February 16, 2017

February Sketchout is STILL ON!

The Art Shanty Project sketchout is still on for this weekend. We've been in touch with the organizers, who assure us that there will still be programming happening this weekend.

Here are some fabulous winter sketching tips. You'll simply have to pretend that Minnesota is cold this winter. 
http://www.urbansketchers.org/2016/12/cold-weather-urban-sketching-tips-from.html

February Sketchout - Art Shanty Project


THE STORY
Get ready for winter sketching! We're heading to the Arty Shanty Project. We'll be sketching the imaginative artist-designed ice shanties, bundled up people, and the snowy lake landscape. To help you prepare for a new adventure, there will be a small series of blog posts to help you get ready for outdoor winter sketching, with tips and tricks provided by experienced and enthusiastic winter sketchers.


photo by Slumber Party Shanty

"The origins of Art Shanty Projects comes from the inspiration provided by unique ice fishing houses and diverse communities that come together on Minnesota's frozen lakes each winter. Founders saw the potential to create an artists' happening in an extreme environment; to embrace and reinvent a beloved cultural practice; and to encourage personal expression and community engagement through temporary structures and performances. ... In the absence of codes and building restrictions, there is a frontier-like freedom encouraging personal expression and community engagement through temporary architecture." (http://www.artshantyprojects.org/about/program)

WHERE and WHEN:
Saturday 18 February, 12:00-2:00 at the Art Shanty Project on White Bear Lake. http://www.artshantyprojects.org/about/visit
If you are interested in carpooling to White Bear Lake, we can make arrangements via the FB Urban Sketchers Twin Cities group or via email (amber [at] urbansketchers.org).

COST:
Free.

SHOW and TELL:
At 2pm we'll meet up at the Welcome Shanty to share our sketches.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

February Sketchout - Art Shanty Project



THE STORY
Get ready for winter sketching! We're heading to the Arty Shanty Project. We'll be sketching the imaginative artist-designed ice shanties, bundled up people, and the snowy lake landscape. To help you prepare for a new adventure, there will be a small series of blog posts to help you get ready for outdoor winter sketching, with tips and tricks provided by experienced and enthusiastic winter sketchers.


photo by Slumber Party Shanty

"The origins of Art Shanty Projects comes from the inspiration provided by unique ice fishing houses and diverse communities that come together on Minnesota's frozen lakes each winter. Founders saw the potential to create an artists' happening in an extreme environment; to embrace and reinvent a beloved cultural practice; and to encourage personal expression and community engagement through temporary structures and performances. ... In the absence of codes and building restrictions, there is a frontier-like freedom encouraging personal expression and community engagement through temporary architecture." (http://www.artshantyprojects.org/about/program)

WHERE and WHEN:
Saturday 18 February, 12:00-2:00 at the Art Shanty Project on White Bear Lake. http://www.artshantyprojects.org/about/visit
If you are interested in carpooling to White Bear Lake, we can make arrangements via the FB Urban Sketchers Twin Cities group or via email (amber [at] urbansketchers.org).

COST:
Free.

SHOW and TELL:
At 2pm we'll meet up at the Welcome Shanty to share our sketches.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The January Sketch Out Has Been Cancelled

Due to all the "regrets" we were getting for our sketching event on January 21, 2017 we decided to cancel.

Several members were going to go to the Capitol and do reportage at the rallies related to the inauguration. (No one has made arrangements to meet and make this an event—people are going individually.)

Other members have written to say that because the weather is going to be so warm they will be doing outside activities with their families.

We have made our regrets to the Pavek Broadcasting Museum. We will add that site to our winter 2017-18 list of indoor locations.

Please accept our apologies for any convenience this may cause you.

If you are out creating reportage or doing Urban Sketching outside elsewhere this weekend please write a post about your adventures or post on the Facebook page.

We will meet again on the third weekend of February for our "Winter Sketching" meeting which will take place at an outdoor location. See you then.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Our January 21, 2017 Sketch Out: Pavek Broadcasting Museum

UPDATE: This month's sketch out for Saturday, January 21 to the Pavek Broadcasting Museum has been CANCELLED

Too many of the members wrote in with regrets saying that due to the warmer than seasonal weather expected for Saturday they were sketching outside at other events—including the political events related to the presidential inauguration.

We will make plans to visit the Pavek as a group in the 2017-18 Winter season.

Next month we will be sketching outside for our "Winter Sketching" event and we'll hope we have a good weather day for that as well.

Original post follows:


We will at an indoor location. We'll be taking a trip into broadcasting history as we sketch at the Pavek Broadcasting Museum in St. Louis Park. (See link for address.)

This museum attempts to preserve and document the history of the broadcast technologies that have played such a large part in U.S. History in the 20th century. There is antique equipment as well as vintage graphics. If you're alive today radio and television have impacted your life in some way and now you'll get to see how that was possible!

There is a $7.00 admissions fee. Parking is free.

The museum welcomes us with only one request—that we work in pencil, color pencil, or pen and ink. No dusty, dry media like chalk, and no watercolor.

As is usual for a museum, no food or drink is allowed.

They have given us permission to bring our small camp stools and set up out of traffic patterns, so people who enjoy working while seated, go ahead and bring your collapsible seating.

We will meet from 12 noon until 4 p.m., on January 21. We'll have a sketchbook throw down after we sketch so that we can see what everyone got down on paper.

People interested in extending their sketch day can reconvene for snacks or a meal at one of the local eateries (I have a couple I can suggest).

Come and join in the fun on January 21!

Coming up: On the third weekend in February we will be doing some outside winter sketching, so be sure to stay tuned for information on that.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Our Awesome New President!

Urban Sketcher's Drawing Attention:
USk Welcomes New President and Vice President
USk would like to welcome Amber Sausen from Minneapolis to the role of USk President. Amber is an Administrator of USk Twin Cities and has attended 5 symposiums. She is an architect and project manager with experience as an executive committee member of several non-profit boards. Amber would like to see the Workshops program grow, and she would like to be more supportive of the chapters. Welcome Amber! 
Congrats Amber! 





Saturday, December 3, 2016

December Sketchout - Bell Museum

THE STORY
On December 31st, the Bell Museum will close in order to prepare for their move to their new building. Let's take one last trip to this art deco beauty before it closes. The sketching opportunities at the Bell are wide-ranging: large dioramas, small dioramas, architecture, objects large and small in the Touch and See room, and people all over.  
Porcupine and baby #diorama! This was my last sketch at the @bellmuseum sketchathon (about 2am). I somehow thought a furry / spiky creature would be a simple sketch to end on. Ha! Delightful challenge. #urbansketchers #urbansketcherstwincities #porcupine
Sketch by Amber Sausen @ambersausen

WHERE and WHEN:
Sunday 18 December at 12:00-4:00 at the Bell Museum. We'll meet and greet in the Touch and See room at noon. 

COST:
Bell Museum admission is free on Sundays.

SHOW and TELL:
At 4pm we'll meet in the main lobby for a show and tell of the day's sketches and a group photo. If people are interested, we'll walk to somewhere nearby afterward for a snack and socializing. (November's post-sketching outing to eat and continue sketching at Como Dockside was a delight!)
Sketch by Daniel Green @danieljverde

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Travel Journaling in Theme Park Captial

Frontier Airlines had a sale which resulted in an impulsive vacation to sunny Florida. $66 round trip tickets to a warmer place, I can't complain. But again the weather in Minnesota has been very forgiving this year. I have been keeping a travel journal since last December and absolutely enjoy sketching and writing down my experiences in it. But traveling with non-artists/sketchers also mean I can't spend as much time I would generally like at a given location. Thus I keep my travel sketchbook small. This time I was traveling with Deepak [the husband] and his mom.

Friday evening we left for the airport. And being Indian it's only natural we got to our gate way ahead, meaning I had plenty of time to sketch. Strolling around Concourse E I came across this adorable little bakery. So there i stood in a corner sketching their pretty display of cupcakes and donuts.

Angel Food Bakery in Terminal1 MSP Airport

It was Saturday and the only preplan we had was the Cirque du Soleil show late in the evening.While traveling I try to get a little bit done every day. The sketches are mostly on location and notes/journaling are usually done later in a restaurant or coffee shop. Spent the day at Gatorland, Kissimmee lake front park, and Disney Springs. Gatorland had a room full of parakeets which you could walk into and feed. The show was my first CDS show and it was mindblowing.

Parakeets at Gatorland, Spanish Moss hanging from Cypress tree and the lighthouse at Kissimmee Lake.

Sunday was perfect weather, the forecast said no rain and we decided to head to the pre-historic town of St.Augustine. About 2hrs drive from Orlando. Anastasia State park which is about 15mins from the town is great for camping and has a lovely beach. The town by itself is out of a Woody Allen movie, think cobblestone pathways with lively shops and awesome architecture.

Anastasia State Park beach and beach treasures.
Monday, we leave tomorrow so it's only right we visit at least one theme park for we were in Orlando after all. Spent the day at Magic Kingdom.

Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom
Like every vacation this came to an end. And as always I wished I had sketched more.

PAPER: Handbook Journal Co Pocket Panorama
PAINT: Winsor and Newton, Schmincke, Daniel Smith and Camel India
BRUSH: Niji Waterbrush and Isabey no.6 travel
FOUNTAIN PENS: Platinum carbon desk pen, Lamy Safari EF, Fountain Pen Revolution Jaipur flex nib
INKS: Platinum carbon, Noodlers Black Swan in Australian rose and Squeteague
LOCATION: Orlando and St.Augustine - Florida




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