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.


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. 


  • 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.


  • 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!

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

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