sketching EVENTS

Join Us for First THURSDAY Sketch Nights

On the first THURSDAY of each month, Urban Sketchers San Francisco Bay Area invites local sketchers to join us for sketching from 6:30 to 8:30. We announce the locations here, on our Facebook page, and by email to our Google group. If you'd like to sign up for notices or have any questions, please email us at: or join us on Facebook.

Thursday, August 7
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Emeryville: Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe & Surrounding Area

Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe, 4081 Hollis (at Park), Emeryville

Here's a map of "art in public places" in surrounding area in Emeryville:


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.
Albany Library by C. Carney

“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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