Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Earth Day

Let's Sketch

Earth Day!

Sunday, April 18

12 PM - 3 PM

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Next Thursday, April 22, is Earth Day. This weekend, let’s add an environmental slant to our sketching in honor of Earth Day.

Established in 1970, Earth Day is an annual event promoting environmental protection, with long-term focus in the areas of climate action, conservation and restoration, and plastic and pollution. Participation now includes one billion people in more than 193 countries, taking part in events coordinated by EARTHDAY.ORG. The theme for this year’s events is Restore Our Earth.


Even for those of us in urban environments, nature is all around us. This week, let’s capture some of nature’s beauty in our sketches. 

There are so many ways to interpret this prompt:

  • Show us what is blooming in your neighborhood, or the natural areas where you live
  • Depict nature triumphing over the man-made, as in plants growing up through concrete
  • Use an item found in nature to create your sketch, e.g. dip a stick in ink and use that to draw
  • Document environmental concerns, such as litter-strewn areas, or positive environmental changes, such as electric cars or charging stations

Banner sketch by Gail Dokucu: the first couple tulips her garden

As usual, we will gather from noon to 3 p.m. to share and discuss, but of course late submissions are always welcome.

Remember that we follow USk Global’s guidelines of sketching live on location and not from reference photos. 

We have a few giveaways this week, generously donated by CHARTPAK, a generous USk Chicago sponsor.

Anyone who posts in this week’s virtual sketch theme will be entered to win. *Winners will be picked randomly by Mary Jo Ernst. Mary Jo will DM the winners to coordinate delivery and postage will be paid by USk Chicago. *Admins are excluded from entering the giveaway.

We have two great giveaways this week. First up is a set of 12 Koh-i-noor graphite technical pencils, along with a Koh-i-noor sketchbook with 70 lb. paper. Next is a set of 24 Koh-i-noor Polycolor colored pencils in a tin case. 

When outside your home, be sure to socially distance and wear a mask to help everyone stay safe.

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