Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Let's Get the Party Started!


Let’s Sketch
Inspiration Collection
Sunday, January 3
12 PM - 3 PM

 Hosted by Joann HarlingGail Dokucu, and Urban Sketchers Chicago



Details

Tour your home or environs and find a grouping of things that are meaningful in some way to you. A little space somewhere in your daily wanderings that inspires you.

  • You may just be drawn to this little area and not really know why. 
  • You don’t need to explain unless you want to. 
  • Visually describe and share your post for this week’s “Top of the Year” prompt.


Please include #uskchicago and #uskathome on your posts to Facebook and InstagramA reminder that we are back to following USk Global’s posting guidelines of sketching live on location and not from reference photos.



Banner sketch by Joann Harling



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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Out with the Old and In with the New?



Let’s Sketch
Old and New
Sunday, December 27
12 PM - 3 PM

 Hosted by Kris Van Stockum, Gail Dokucu, and Urban Sketchers Chicago



Details

When a new year approaches, we often reflect on the year as it comes to a close and look forward to new possibilities ahead. 


  • Let’s draw something we’re leaving behind –something old, and something we’re looking forward to in the new year – something new. 
  • Or maybe it’s a juxtaposition of old and new. 
  • Is there something you’re letting go of to make room for the new?
  • Maybe you have something new you’ve been waiting to try – a new art supply, a new gift you received, a new skill you want to learn.


However you want to interpret “Old and New” . . . it’s up to you!


Please include #uskchicago and #uskathome on your posts to Facebook and InstagramA reminder that we are back to following USk Global’s posting guidelines of sketching live on location and not from reference photos.


Our Sponsor Spotlight this week is Hahnemühle.

They have generously offered five 9”x12” watercolor paper blocks of their new The Collection fine art paper. Anyone who posts on the USk Chicago group Facebook page from Wed. 23- Wed. 29th 5 p.m. deadline will be entered to win 1 of the 5 raffle items. Winners will be chosen at random Dec. 31st and announced on our Facebook page in addition to receiving a message via FB Messenger. **


Banner sketch by Kris Van Stockum



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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Fa La La La La!

 




Let’s Sketch -
Getting Ready for the Holidays!
Sunday, December 20
12 PM CST – 3 PM  CST


Hosted by Anna Rapport, Gail Dokucu, and Urban Sketchers Chicago



Welcome to our first week of guest hosting, with volunteer host Anna Rappaport! 



Details

Here's the theme Anna has chosen for us:


Often the winter holidays mean going to religious services, decorating inside or outside our homes, going to look at the decorations in our communities, cooking special foods, making cookies to send as gifts, shopping, writing greeting cards, connecting with friends and family and maybe traveling. They may include visiting Zoolights, a Christmas market, etc. They may include providing toys or clothing to a drive for the needy. 


2020 is a challenging year and many of us will be doing something different than usual. Some will be staying at home and thinking of different times.


Please share something you are doing connected to getting ready for and celebrating the holidays in 2020.



Be sure to include #uskchicago and #uskathome on your posts to Facebook and InstagramA reminder that we are back to following USk Global’s posting guidelines of sketching live on location and not from reference photos.


Banner sketch by Anna Rappaport




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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Yum!



Let’s Sketch!
 FOOD
Sunday, December 13
12 PM CST – 3 PM  CST

Hosted by Alex Zonis and Urban Sketchers Chicago


Details:


 If this was a normal year, we would have had our Holiday Potluck Party this Sunday.

But this is 2020, so things are different. So...



Let’s sketch our food this Sunday and share it with each other through our drawings. 


Show us what you are cooking or eating

  • ingredients that you are planning to cook
  •  your prep area
  • people with whom you are cooking or eating. 
  • If you were too hungry and ate it before sketching, show us the leftovers or the crumbs, just tell us what it was - we’ll understand!


Let’s make a virtual potluck!


See you at our virtual throwdown! Please post your foodie sketches from 12 noon and until whenever!


Please include #uskchicago and #uskathome on your posts to Facebook and InstagramA reminder that we are back to following USk Global’s posting guidelines of sketching live on location and not from reference photos.


The banner sketch by Barbara Weeks shows chef Rick Bayless giving a demo at at the Good Foods Festival.



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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

On Notice

                                   

Let’s Sketch!
Stop, Look, and See
Sunday, December 6
12 PM - 3 PM

Hosted by Barbara Weeks and Urban Sketchers Chicago


One of my favorite books The Art of Noticing  by Rob Walker. It’s a study in seeing not just looking. There is a difference.

Details:

Find a place inside or out and for 5-10 minutes just observe your surroundings.
No sketching, just seeing! Time it.

The first minute or two you’ll probably see what you usually do. 


Indoors:

  • Maybe in a room there’s the bookcase in the room. It’s dusty.
  • Observing longer you may notice the upright and tilted books, or the colors, or photos,  etc. 
  • Eventually you may discover what makes that bookcase unique, a bowed shelf or a chip on the edge.



Outdoors:

  • Buildings (windows- clean, dirty? signs)
  • Streets (curbs, litter, sidewalk cracks)
  •  Cars (license plates, tail lights)
  • You may notice the lamposts.                                                 (This was inspired by a game my grandsons play “I spy with my little eye something...”.I said, “Is it the lampost?” Hudson asked, “The black one or the silver? But the lamposts are silver, no wait the one on the corner is black! Now I notice not only the color of Chicago lamposts but the incredible variety of designs.)



Ten minutes are up!
Now sketch what you SEE.



See you at the virtual throwdown!

Please include #uskchicago and #uskathome on your posts to Facebook and InstagramA reminder that we are back to following USk Global’s posting guidelines of sketching live on location and not from reference photos.


The Banner Sketch was done by Barbara Weeks at the very first USk Chicago sketch meet.



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