Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bell Museum Sketchathon

As the Bell Museum prepares to move to its new home on the UMN St. Paul campus, there has been a flurry of sketching activity and events to document the museum's current home in Minneapolis. One of these events is the Sketchathon, an all night event where a sketcher can have a field day (or field night, as it were!) capturing the amazing dioramas without crowds or the pressure of closing time. My goal is to sketch all of the smaller dioramas around the perimeter of the museum.
20160415 Bell Museum - Greater Prairie Chicken
I started with the Prairie Chickens. My father tells a story that Walter Breckenridge, the creator/builder of this diorama, used to visit the Sausen family farm to draw the prairie chickens. I'm not even sure if this happened during my father's childhood or earlier in the 20th century. No matter the time, the story of the prairie chickens is one of the many tiny ways I feel connected to this museum.
20160415 Bell Museum - Lark Sparrow

20160415 Bell Museum - Wood Duck

20160415 Bell Museum - Gray Partridge

Monday, April 25, 2016

The 1st Brazilian Urban Sketching Symposium

This past 4 days were amazing: meeting old and new friends to draw together in the streets of Curitiba, state of Paraná, in Brazil.
The organizers did such a great job planning and administrating the event (not an easy task): most of the meetings were in walking distance, excellent choices to draw in all of them and the city is welcoming and warm with its perfect weather. After each full day of work we met at traditional spots to relax, mingle and try the city's excellent food.
But it was surprising to see the amount of participants, way more than expected, and such amazing experience to draw with over 250 people! Sketchers  from all over Brazil, including the presence of some international members.
Such energy is contagious, I met a brand new sketchers at the M.O.N. museum who saw us on tv and wanted to participate. She is 86 years old. I also met our youngest member:a 5 year old following her mom in every meeting. 
I am going home happy and excited about the International Symposium in Manchester, in July. Can't wait!
                                      All participants in Curitiba! 

 First day sketching together- Praça 29 de Março- Friday, April 22 am

                                Largo da Ordem- Friday, April 22 pm

Saturday, April 23rd in the morning at Jardim Botânico

     And in the afternoon, we sketched at the Paço Municipal & Rua das Flores
             The final event at the MON Museum- project by Oscar Niemeyer 
The gorgeous photos were taken by the amazing photographers Ari Lopes da Rosa and Washington Takeuchi. 
I am grateful to be part of this amazing trip! Thank you #uskbrasil2016 !!!


Saturday, April 23, 2016

May Sketch-Out Will Be Midtown Global Market May 15

Sunday, May 15 from 11 AM - 3 PM.

A sketch-out for bicyclists and non-bicyclists alike. Bicyclists can choose any spot along the MIdtown Greenway to sketch. We meet 3 PM in the middle of the Midtown Global Market (where Salty Tart is). For non-bicyclists there's plenty to sketch inside the market. If it rains, we all sketch in the market.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Awesome Sketch-Out at Saint Anthony Main

The weather was nearly perfect for sketching yesterday at Saint Anthony Main.  Here we are with our sketches. To view more sketches, go to the Twin Cities Urban Sketchers Facebook Page.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

April TC Urban Sketchers Sketch-Out is Saturday April 16th at Saint Anthony Main

Thanks all of you for coming to the March reboot of the Twin Cities Urban Sketchers group. Some folks asked to have more outdoor sketch-outs. Now that the weather is getting warmer, we're going to take a chance and have our next, 3rd Saturday of the month sketch-out at Saint Anthony Main in Minneapolis (link). This is a good spot to sketch the Mississippi River and the Saint Anthony Falls from Excel Energy Water Park. There is a good urban streetscape and lots of people walking, sitting in restaurants and cafes. The forecast looks good for the 16th, partly cloudy with a high in the upper 60's.
You can arrive anytime and we will gather in front of the entrance to the Excel Energy Park across the way from the movie theater (see map).
I will also be giving away (while supplies last) hand-stamped on recycled cardboard Twin Cities Urban Sketchers blog address cards (see below) so sketchers will have something to give to people who say "where can I see your stuff?"
If you have any questions or suggestions, let me know!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Sketchout at the Union Depot

Following up on Ken's great recap post on the "reboot" of the Twin Cities Urban Sketchers regional chapter, here are my sketches from the afternoon.
Daniel is my go-to model for a doodle or warm-up sketch.

Urban Sketchers Twin Cities sketchout @danieljverde @uniondepot #urbansketchers #urbansketcherstwincities @amtrak

And just across the street from Union Depot, the sunlight in this alley was irresistible.
Light and shadow in #lowertown #stpaul #alley #urbansketcherstwincities #urbansketchers #pleinair

See you sketchers this Sunday, 3 April, for the MetroSketchers outing at the American Swedish Institute or April 16th for the next USk Twin Cities outing at St. Anthony Main Street.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

First Meeting USK Brazil​- Curitiba 2016

Curitiba ​will become the capital of the Urban Sketchers, the drawing on-site movement that has become increasingly popular around the world, hosting the 1st Urban Sketching Meeting in Brazil from 21 to 24 of April of ​2016.

The launch meeting will take place at the Curitiba Memorial, followed by USK sessions in the main sights of Curitiba - Largo da Ordem, Botanical Garden, Rua das Flores (Flower Street), and more, finishing each day with gatherings at traditional bars and restaurants. The city is recognized by its innovation in urban planning​, including public transportation, initiatives regarding green areas and sustainability, and also famous by its gastronomy.

The closing will be at the Oscar Niemeyer Museum.

         photo by Monique Ribeiro

photo by Parchen

photo Jaelson Lucas               

  photo by paranaextra

Cris Franchevich will keep you posted about the event. 
You can also follow the USK Curitiba Facebook page.

                                              Cris Franchevich is a Twin Cities USK coordinator and correspondent

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.)