Sunday, January 8, 2017

Our January 21, 2017 Sketch Out: Pavek Broadcasting Museum

This month our sketch out is on Saturday, January 21 from noon to 4 p.m.

We will at an indoor location. We'll be taking a trip into broadcasting history as we sketch at the Pavek Broadcasting Museum in St. Louis Park. (See link for address.)

This museum attempts to preserve and document the history of the broadcast technologies that have played such a large part in U.S. History in the 20th century. There is antique equipment as well as vintage graphics. If you're alive today radio and television have impacted your life in some way and now you'll get to see how that was possible!

There is a $7.00 admissions fee. Parking is free.

The museum welcomes us with only one request—that we work in pencil, color pencil, or pen and ink. No dusty, dry media like chalk, and no watercolor.

As is usual for a museum, no food or drink is allowed.

They have given us permission to bring our small camp stools and set up out of traffic patterns, so people who enjoy working while seated, go ahead and bring your collapsible seating.

We will meet from 12 noon until 4 p.m., on January 21. We'll have a sketchbook throw down after we sketch so that we can see what everyone got down on paper.

People interested in extending their sketch day can reconvene for snacks or a meal at one of the local eateries (I have a couple I can suggest).

Come and join in the fun on January 21!

Coming up: On the third weekend in February we will be doing some outside winter sketching, so be sure to stay tuned for information on that.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Our Awesome New President!

Urban Sketcher's Drawing Attention:
USk Welcomes New President and Vice President
USk would like to welcome Amber Sausen from Minneapolis to the role of USk President. Amber is an Administrator of USk Twin Cities and has attended 5 symposiums. She is an architect and project manager with experience as an executive committee member of several non-profit boards. Amber would like to see the Workshops program grow, and she would like to be more supportive of the chapters. Welcome Amber! 
Congrats Amber! 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

December Sketchout - Bell Museum

On December 31st, the Bell Museum will close in order to prepare for their move to their new building. Let's take one last trip to this art deco beauty before it closes. The sketching opportunities at the Bell are wide-ranging: large dioramas, small dioramas, architecture, objects large and small in the Touch and See room, and people all over.  
Porcupine and baby #diorama! This was my last sketch at the @bellmuseum sketchathon (about 2am). I somehow thought a furry / spiky creature would be a simple sketch to end on. Ha! Delightful challenge. #urbansketchers #urbansketcherstwincities #porcupine
Sketch by Amber Sausen @ambersausen

Sunday 18 December at 12:00-4:00 at the Bell Museum. We'll meet and greet in the Touch and See room at noon. 

Bell Museum admission is free on Sundays.

At 4pm we'll meet in the main lobby for a show and tell of the day's sketches and a group photo. If people are interested, we'll walk to somewhere nearby afterward for a snack and socializing. (November's post-sketching outing to eat and continue sketching at Como Dockside was a delight!)
Sketch by Daniel Green @danieljverde

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Travel Journaling in Theme Park Captial

Frontier Airlines had a sale which resulted in an impulsive vacation to sunny Florida. $66 round trip tickets to a warmer place, I can't complain. But again the weather in Minnesota has been very forgiving this year. I have been keeping a travel journal since last December and absolutely enjoy sketching and writing down my experiences in it. But traveling with non-artists/sketchers also mean I can't spend as much time I would generally like at a given location. Thus I keep my travel sketchbook small. This time I was traveling with Deepak [the husband] and his mom.

Friday evening we left for the airport. And being Indian it's only natural we got to our gate way ahead, meaning I had plenty of time to sketch. Strolling around Concourse E I came across this adorable little bakery. So there i stood in a corner sketching their pretty display of cupcakes and donuts.

Angel Food Bakery in Terminal1 MSP Airport

It was Saturday and the only preplan we had was the Cirque du Soleil show late in the evening.While traveling I try to get a little bit done every day. The sketches are mostly on location and notes/journaling are usually done later in a restaurant or coffee shop. Spent the day at Gatorland, Kissimmee lake front park, and Disney Springs. Gatorland had a room full of parakeets which you could walk into and feed. The show was my first CDS show and it was mindblowing.

Parakeets at Gatorland, Spanish Moss hanging from Cypress tree and the lighthouse at Kissimmee Lake.

Sunday was perfect weather, the forecast said no rain and we decided to head to the pre-historic town of St.Augustine. About 2hrs drive from Orlando. Anastasia State park which is about 15mins from the town is great for camping and has a lovely beach. The town by itself is out of a Woody Allen movie, think cobblestone pathways with lively shops and awesome architecture.

Anastasia State Park beach and beach treasures.
Monday, we leave tomorrow so it's only right we visit at least one theme park for we were in Orlando after all. Spent the day at Magic Kingdom.

Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom
Like every vacation this came to an end. And as always I wished I had sketched more.

PAPER: Handbook Journal Co Pocket Panorama
PAINT: Winsor and Newton, Schmincke, Daniel Smith and Camel India
BRUSH: Niji Waterbrush and Isabey no.6 travel
FOUNTAIN PENS: Platinum carbon desk pen, Lamy Safari EF, Fountain Pen Revolution Jaipur flex nib
INKS: Platinum carbon, Noodlers Black Swan in Australian rose and Squeteague
LOCATION: Orlando and St.Augustine - Florida

Monday, November 7, 2016

November Sketchout at Como Zoo and Conservatory

In Como Zoo and Conservatory has been a fixture of St. Paul for over 100 years.  With beautiful mix of new and old architecture, the Conservatory houses hundreds (thousands?) of varieties of palms, orchids, ferns, and tropical plants. The Zoo has several  newly renovated exhibits that are must-sees: Gorillas Forest and Polar Odyssey. Based on the weather  and your hardiness you can choose to sketch inside or out.
As if that wasn't enough, the Minnesota En Plein Air: A Painting Exhibition is currently on display. It's sure to be inspiring!

Penguin sketch by Roz Stendahl

Sunday 20 November at 12:00-4:00. We'll meet and greet in the visitor's center corridor that connects the Tropical Encounters area to the Fern Room and Palm House. 

Free. There is a voluntary suggested donation of $3 for adults and $2 for children.

We'll meet in the visitor's center hallway again at 4pm for a show and tell of the day's sketches and a group photo.
Sketch by Roberta Avidor
Sketch by Ken Avidor

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Manchester Symposium sharing and October sketchout

The October USk Twin Cities outing will kick off with sharing by the five Twin Cities sketchers who attended the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Manchester, England in July! We'll follow that with sketching around the historic Grain Belt Brewery complex in Northeast Minneapolis. 

In July, five Twin Cities sketchers attended the international Urban Sketchers Symposium in Manchester, England.  Lonnie, Stefan, Cris, Amber and Daniel will share some highlights, stories and skills from the workshops and activities they attended, as well as reflect on what it's like to experience a city with 500 of your closest sketching friends from 40 different countries. And they'll have their Manchester sketchbooks available for viewing. We can also discuss the 2017 Symposium, which will be held a bit closer to home in Chicago, USA.

After the Symposium sharing (around 1:30) we'll head out to sketch around the Grain Belt Brewery complex. The complex is made up of several buildings, including the brewery, keg house, bottling house, stables, and an office building. These now house the library, artist studios, architects' offices, housing, a coffee shop and the American Craft Council headquarters.
Sketch of the Grain Belt Brewery and Pierre Bottineau Library by Daniel Green
Saturday 22 October at 11:30. We'll meet to discuss the Symposium in the Pierre Bottineau Library meeting room. At 1:30 we'll head outside to sketch around the grounds of the library and the Grain Belt Brewery complex. We'll meet at the library entrance at 4pm for show and tell of the day's sketches. 


If the group is interested, there are plenty of restaurants and watering holes within walking distance if we want to continue sketching and socializing.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

September Sketchcrawl on the Green Line Light Rail

Edited to change the location of our show and tell to Lake Monster Brewing from Surly due to a large event being held there on the 24th.

The Urban Sketchers Twin Cities September sketchcrawl will celebrate the Green Line light rail line between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul.

The Green Line light rail line connects the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Running through myriad neighborhoods and business districts, it joins sports venues to restaurants to neighborhoods to state governance. This our opportunity to capture the vibrant places along the line, it's unique and art-enhanced stations, and to sketch people as they use this newest addition to our light rail network. 

Saturday 24 September at noon. Choose your starting point -- either meet Ken Avidor at the Union Depot 
station or meet Amber Sausen at the Target Field station. 

The two groups (Minneapolis and St. Paul) will sketch at their respective ends of the line and then jump aboard at approximately 12:30. Ride the entire length of the line or jump on and off to sketch at stations. This will be a free form outing.

Riding the light rail costs $2.25 and a ticket is valid for 2.5 hours. Tickets are available for purchase at each station. (Keep your ticket with you after purchase; transit police may ask you to show your ticket or GoTo card at any time)

At 3:30 we'll meet at Surly Brewing Lake Monster Brewing to share our sketches and socialize. The closest stations to walk from are Prospect Park and Westgate is Raymond Avenue. You do not need to be 21 to enter the venue, but you'll need an ID if you choose to purchase beer. If you arrive late, just look for the group with a table full of sketchbooks!
See you on the 24th, sketchers! If you can't find us, call Amber at 612- eight one two-5014.

To add yourself to the map, go to this link and follow the instructions (Note: You'll need to sign in with your Google account first.)