Sketch Oakland's Lake Merritt


Join the Urban Sketchers: San Francisco Bay Area for a talk on urban sketching and see the display of sketchbooks and sketching gear on July 6. Then join us for sketching around Lake Merritt in Oakland, California on Sunday July 14, 2013.

Celebrate Lake Merritt and participate in the 3-day Urban Sketchers Worldwide Sketchcrawl activities occurring in Barcelona, Spain and around the world that weekend and other Oakland only events:

Saturday, July 6, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

LAKE MERRITT DRAWS: Talk and display of sketchbooks

The Oakland Public Library is hosting a talk and show of our sketches of Oakland's Lake Merritt.

Lake Merritt Draws!  Sketch by Ceinwen Carney
Lake Merritt Draws! Sketching the Lake's New and Historic Attractions

Come and meet the Urban Sketchers SF Bay Area at the Main Library, Bradley C. Walters Community Room, 125 14th Street, Oakland, CA.

Representatives from local community organizations will discuss Lake highlights, including the Lake revitalization project, historical and architectural landmarks, urban sketching, outdoor sketching tips and art materials.

Sketchbooks, drawings and paintings by Urban Sketchers will be on display throughout the library the entire month of July.

Sunday July 14, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Day 3 of West Coast Sketchcrawl

We will meet at the Camron-Stanford House located at 1418 Lakeside Drive, Oakland at 10 AM to get a list of suggested spots to draw, highlighting Lake Merritt’s extraordinary cultural and natural resources. Small groups will sketch together around Lake Merritt and then meet at 1 PM at the Camron- Stanford House to share sketches.

The Oakland sketching event is open to people of all ages and artistic abilities. There are no fees, registration or membership required.

You can download the flyer (pdf) for the Oakland event here. 

For more information about all the 3-day sketching events and schedules for Friday - Sunday, please visit the First Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers' Sketchcrawl site.


  1. I look forward to joining you for all of the events planned for the Bay Area this weekend. T

  2. Hi....
    There will be three of us coming from Chico to join in the sketchcrawl. Staying at the Golden Bear and we are excited to be part of the fun.

    Cynthia Sexton

    1. hey Cynthia...thanks for transporting the "swag," and me, over to the traffic island Saturday morning. You don't know how much worry I spent trying to figure out how we were going to get those materials across the bay!


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