sketching EVENTS

Join Us for Monthly Sketch Nights

On the first Thursday of each month (or occasionally other nights depending on holidays or special events), Urban Sketchers, SF Bay Area invites local sketchers to join us for sketching from 6:30 to 8:30. We announce the locations here and on our Facebook page.

Thursday, December 3, 2015
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Holiday Lights on 4th Street, Berkeley
1776 4th Street, Berkeley


Join us on Thursday December 3rd to sketch the holiday lights on Fourth Street in Berkeley. We will meet in front of Peet's Coffee (1776 4th Street) at 6:30. We will meet inside Tacubaya near Peet's at 8:00 to share our sketches. See you there!


Preservation Park Fountain

Instead of first Thursday in September, Join Us:

Sunday, September 14, 2014
 9 am to 3 pm • Sketch @
Oakland's Preservation Park and the Pardee Home

Please join the San Francisco Bay Area Urban Sketchers on Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 9 am to 3 pm to sketch these two important historic places. This Oakland sketching event is open to people of all ages and artistic abilities. There are no fees, registration or membership required.  Sketching is a way to “see the world, one drawing at a time.”

At 9 am, we will meet at the Preservation Park bandstand, located at the intersection of Preservation Park Way and 13th Street.  Preservation Park is a recreated Victorian neighborhood encompassing a two block area of Downtown Oakland just east of Interstate 980 (between 12th and 14th Streets). Of the sixteen historic former homes in the park, the five standing on the north side of 13th Street are on their original sites, while the other eleven were moved onto their current spaces n order to spare them from demolition. They all now serve as the offices and facilities of nonprofit organizations and other enterprises and the setting for special events.

Pardee House Water Tower
At noon, we will move to the Pardee Home located a block south of Preservation Park at 672 11th St. The Pardee Home the former domicile of California governor George C. Pardee. The home and its grounds including a carriage house, gardens and water tower, is a centerpiece of Oakland’s Preservation Park Historic District. Once threatened by construction of Interstate 980, the successful effort to save the estate in the 1970s was an important early chapter in the historic preservation movement in Oakland.

At 2:30 pm we will share sketches on the ground of the Pardee Home. Please note the gates at Preservation Park will be closed by 2:30 pm and the Pardee Home grounds will close at 3 pm.

For sketch updates, please visit or For more information about Preservation Park, please see  Additional information about the Pardee Home can be found at Also, the Oakland Tours Program offers guided tours of the Preservation Park District and information about that is found at


    Worldwide SKETCHCRAWL 41
    October 19, Saturday 10-3

    Join us for a sketchcrawl at Oakland's Jack London Square in conjunction with Worldwide Sketchcrawl 41

    Jack London Square is accessible from SF by BART (12th St/City Center + AC Transit's free Downtown Shuttle bus) or by Ferry from SF and parking is usually easy to find reasonably close. On the 19th there's a classic car show throughout the square, plus music. Always lots of good urban stuff to draw in the surrounding downtown area plus the waterfront. 

    We're planning to start at 10:00 at Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon and end there to share sketchbooks at 3:00 p.m.

    See Jack London Square website for more ideas of things to draw there.

    Friday-Sunday, July 12-14, 2013
    1st Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers Sketchcrawl 

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    Urban sketchers from around the world who were not able to attend the USK Barcelona Symposium are joining us for a chance to meet new people, and to enjoy group sketching and socializing in our fabulous San Francisco Bay Area.

    No fees or registration is required. The event is designed or meeting with new people and friends, and sketching all day on Saturday, the "40th World Wide Sketchcrawl," in the city where Enrico Casarosa gave birth to the "World Wide Sketchcrawl," San Francisco. We are also hosting a Friday evening event and a half-day Sunday Sketchcrawl in Oakland.

    Please click here for the schedule of events and updates. You can RSVP on that page with a comment if you plan to join us. Also please see the additional information on our blog here about the Oakland event on Sunday July 14, 2014 as part of the 3-day West Coast event.

    Saturday, July 6, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Lake Merritt Draws: Talk and display of sketchbooks 

    The Oakland Public Library main branch is hosting a talk and show of our sketches of Oakland's Lake Merritt. Please read more about it on our blog's Oakland/Lake Merritt page here.
    Return of the Urban Sketchers
    Cathy's talk and slide show at the Albany Library March 18, 2013

    The January 19 exhibit and sketching event were a huge success 
    See photos of the exhibit, the tables of sketchbooks from the sketchcrawl and the reception here. 

    Sketchbook Exhibit & Free Sketching Event

    Art Exhibit Location: Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave., Albany, CA 94706

    Art Exhibit Dates: January: 2 to 31, 2013 (for hours please see library website)

    Reception : January 19, 2013 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

    Sketching event Location and Date: Meet at Masonic & Solano on January 19, 2013 at noon.

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    Urban Sketchers San Francisco Bay Area meets weekly to sketch in their local neighborhoods and around the Bay Area. Their drawings and sketchbooks will be displayed at the Albany, California Library for the month of January, with special events scheduled for January 19, 2013.

    Join the Urban Sketchers for some urban sketching on Solano Avenue on January 19, 2013.
    • This free event is open to everyone, of all ages and abilities. All you need is something to draw with and something to draw on. The first 10 people to arrive will receive a free sketchbook!
    • Meet on the corner of Solano and Masonic, Albany at noon or join in anytime between 12:00 and 3:00 P.M. The group will sketch together on Solano Avenue and then meet at the Albany Library at 3:00 for the Sketchbook exhibit reception and an opportunity to share their own sketches.
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    “See the world, one drawing at a time” is the motto of the international group, Urban, whose mission as a nonprofit is to raise the artistic, storytelling and educational value of location drawing, promoting its practice and connecting people around the world who draw on location.

    "When you draw your city, its businesses, streets and people, you see it and get to know it in a whole new way," says Jana Bouc, member of Urban Sketchers San Francisco Bay Area. The group posts their sketches on this blog here. They invite other Bay Area sketchers to share their own on-location sketches on the group’s Facebook page and Flickr group.

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    1 comment:

    1. Wow!! Sketching events are so creative and inspirational. I attended some sketching events in NYC. The participants did wonderful work. I was surprised when I saw a sketch that was made by a 7 year old boy. It was just outstanding!!


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