Friday, July 12, 2019

Are You Ready for More?

 

More What?


Enjoying sketching and air conditioning at
Blicks on N Kingsbury.

Sketching of course!

We had a great time Wednesday sketching  
at Blicks on North Kingsbury! Thank you,
again, Blick Art Materials for your generosity and hospitality! And thank you, MJ Ernst, for the photo!


Oak Park here we come!


Wes Douglas is our host on 
Sunday,
July 21, 2019 at 12 PM – 3 PM.
Scoville Park, 800 Lake St, Oak Park, IL
Meet at the corner of Lake Street and S. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park and explore the stomping grounds of Frank Lloyd Wright and Ernest Hemingway. 




Then

This photo was taken our first year as an Urban Sketchers chapter. On September  16, 2012 we met in Oak Park. The six of us sketched at the Frank Llyod Wright’s home and studio. We had a wonderful afternoon sketching and making plans for Usk Chicago. I don’t remember the nice passerby who took the picture.








And now


My how we’ve grown! Below is a photo of the sketchers from Wednesday’s meet, July 10, 2019,  at Blicks. That's quite a turnout for a hot day in the middle of the week!





Join us in Oak Park on July 21, 2019!



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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Are You Joining the Party?



Tips, Tricks, Treats, and Sketching at Blicks!


Join us for the fun and comradery at Blicks. It's a great place to sketch inside and out.
Sign up here at Eventbrite and you may win a goodie bag! Of course, as always, you can just show up. If you are a newbie be sure to introduce yourself to one of the admin. We'll have our name badges on and we'd love to meet you!

P.S. There's free parking!


Monday, July 1, 2019

Another Successful Seminar in the Books!


Usk Chicago Sketch Seminar 2019 Instructors and Participants

And We're Planning for Next Year!


Yes, after a deep breath and a little time off, we’re already planning for next year’s seminar. USk Chicago administrators met last week to discuss the surveys many of you filled out at the close of the Seminar. We appreciate your kind words and suggestions for making the seminar better than ever.

 By the way, there's a great article by Leslie Akchurin about the Seminar in the monthly USk zine Drawing Attention. You can read it here.


So, Thank You and Happy New Year!

Urban Sketchers Chicago’s new year begins with the close of the Seminar. At the admin meeting we also talked about what’s in store for 2020 and the rest of 2019.

     Some Possibilities:
  • More community service and outreach
  • Ways to make sure newbies to our sketch meets feel welcome and included
  • New places for sketch meets
  • Continued engagement with our Seminar sponsors
  • Perspective USk Chicago show
  • Reaching members who don’t or prefer not to use FaceBook
  • Retooling and updating our social media


And Here We Are

We’re bringing back some of the original services this blog provided. 
  • Favorite books
  • Sketch meet information
  • How-to articles similar to Tuesday Tips and Tricks
  • Spotlights on individual sketchers
We’re also open to your suggestions. Just leave your ideas and suggestions in the comments. 

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The Way We Were


According to my sketchbook this was taken on April 29, 2012

It's hard to believe that there were only five people at our first sketch meet! (Oh and guess what, it rained and we sought shelter in a local restaurant!) 

If you're a newcomer to a Usk Chicago sketch meet look for the USk Chicago name tags and introduce yourself to the administrators. We'd love to welcome you!