Sunday, August 16, 2015

August 2015 Sketch Meet: Blick Art Materials, Evanston

August 15th Sketch Meet - Group Photo © Kordt Larsen

Each month, Urban Sketchers Chicago meets at a different location to sketch as a group.   On Saturday August 15th, we had the unique opportunity to partner with Blick Art Materials in Evanston for this months event. 

Veterans to the group and many new comers alike gathered inside Blick for a brief introduction to Urban Sketching by Wes Douglas.  We were thrilled to see so many new faces.  Thank-you to Blick Art Materials for promoting the event and our group in their Evanston store location!
Wes Douglas introduces Urban Sketching to new participants © Alex Zonis

© Alex Zonis

Per usual, we dispersed throughout the local neighborhood to sketch for a few hours.
After sketching, everyone re-grouped at Blick to share their work with one another.  Blick was kind enough to let us take over one of their long glass display cases where everyone
laid out their sketchbooks.  

© Kordt Larsen
© Andrew Banks

© Andrew Banks
© Andrew Banks
I have been participating with USk Chicago since 2013 and have never seen so many sketchbooks laid out together at a monthly event like this before.  Since I began participating with USk Chicago and the Urban Sketchers movement, it has been fun to see our Chicago community grow to the 400+ member group we are today.  Each month's event seems to attract a larger and larger group each time.

At the end of the day, Blick hosted a raffle drawing where three lucky winners recieved gift cards, each valuing $25, $50 and $100.  Thank-you to Blick for thier generosity and congratulations to the raffle winners!

Evanston Blick Art Materials Manager and raffle winners
After sharing our sketches, many of us walked over to World of Beer for food, drinks and conversation.

If you are interested in joining us at our next event in September, keep an eye out for an announcement which will be made on September 1st.

If you have any questions about Urban Sketching or our Chicago chapter, feel free to email us at  If you live in the Chicago area and are interested in joining our group, find us on Facebook and request to join.

Lastly, you can also find USk Chicago on

Twitter: @USk_Chicago
Instagram: @USkChicago

Look forward to seeing everyone at September's event!

-Andrew Banks


  1. I cannot begin to express how fun it is to be a part of such a growing group. To have reached to level where we have such a huge sponsor as Blicks Art Materials (where all urban sketchers should work) says something about the years of effort to create something special. All I can hope for is that my introduction didn't bore you all to death---hahahaha.

  2. Thanks for organizing it, Andrew. This was a super location! Not only the Blick "home base," but Evanston is so beautiful and surprisingly accessible (lots of easy parking). Kudos.

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  4. I agree Wes. It's really neat to see so many people who all have the same interest get together to sketch as a group. You always leave with a sense of inspiration to sketch even more each month.

    My pleasure Lisa! I also really enjoyed the location. It was my first time to that neighborhood and I had a great time.

  5. The gorgeous post learned a great deal Thanks greatly!
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