Saturday, May 20, 2017

May 27th Milwaukee Avenue Sketch-Out Noon-3pm.

"The houses of Milwaukee Avenue were build in the 1880's as high-density homes for immigrant workers." Read more here: https://www.minnpost.com/mnopedia/2016/05/what-s-story-those-small-houses-milwaukee-ave-minneapolis


Afterwards, let's meet at Seward Cafe or Pizza Luce.



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

April Sketch-Out: Can Can Wonderland



Saturday, April 15th we are going to sketch at the awesome Can Can Wonderland:

Located in St. Paul’s Hamline Midway neighborhood and the Creative Enterprise Zone, Can Can Wonderland combines art and play to create a one-of-a-kind arts immersive environment for people of all ages to enjoy.
We offer a truly unique, 18-hole artist designed, indoor mini golf course. But Can Can Wonderland isn’t just mini golf; it’s a wonderland full of arts-based fauna and flora for you to explore and delight in! Our boardwalk is full of attractions and amusements (created by/with artists). Our two stages offer a wide array of local and regional talents. We have a couple bars…we might have a secret bar! We have noshes! We even have a few unicorns.

They are located at 755 Prior Ave North in Saint Paul. Four blocks north of University and the Green Line (map, directions ADA access info here).

If you go, remember they don't allow outside food (or unicorns). They have food and beverages for sale and lots of free water. If you want to play mini golf, sign up early. Saturday's are crowded, so be prepared. They open at 10 AM, so if you want to beat the crowds, you can show up early. The Big Throwdown will be at 3 PM somewhere in Can Can Wonderland. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

March Sketchout: Cycling Museum of Minnesota


THE STORY
Spring is in the air and the can mean only one thing--time to dust off your bicycle! The Cycling Museum of Minnesota is an in-progress organization. What does in-progress mean? Well, it means that it's a young museum with a great collection, but without a permanent home yet. We'll be sketching in their Vault--a collection of rooms tucked behind Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral that stores their collection of cycles. Everything from proto-bicycles to racing machines, classics to dead-end developments are on display. 

In addition to the open vault hours (12-4), from 1-2pm the founder of ARTCRANK, Charles K Youel, will present How to Wreck Your Career and Save Your Life.


WHERE and WHEN:
Sunday 19 March, 12:00-3:00 at the The Vault at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak St. Minneapolis, MN. 

See map below, the entrance is tucked around the back!



COST:
Free.

SHOW and TELL:
At 3pm we'll meet up to share our sketches.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

February Sketchout is STILL ON!

The Art Shanty Project sketchout is still on for this weekend. We've been in touch with the organizers, who assure us that there will still be programming happening this weekend.

Here are some fabulous winter sketching tips. You'll simply have to pretend that Minnesota is cold this winter. 
http://www.urbansketchers.org/2016/12/cold-weather-urban-sketching-tips-from.html

February Sketchout - Art Shanty Project


THE STORY
Get ready for winter sketching! We're heading to the Arty Shanty Project. We'll be sketching the imaginative artist-designed ice shanties, bundled up people, and the snowy lake landscape. To help you prepare for a new adventure, there will be a small series of blog posts to help you get ready for outdoor winter sketching, with tips and tricks provided by experienced and enthusiastic winter sketchers.


photo by Slumber Party Shanty

"The origins of Art Shanty Projects comes from the inspiration provided by unique ice fishing houses and diverse communities that come together on Minnesota's frozen lakes each winter. Founders saw the potential to create an artists' happening in an extreme environment; to embrace and reinvent a beloved cultural practice; and to encourage personal expression and community engagement through temporary structures and performances. ... In the absence of codes and building restrictions, there is a frontier-like freedom encouraging personal expression and community engagement through temporary architecture." (http://www.artshantyprojects.org/about/program)

WHERE and WHEN:
Saturday 18 February, 12:00-2:00 at the Art Shanty Project on White Bear Lake. http://www.artshantyprojects.org/about/visit
If you are interested in carpooling to White Bear Lake, we can make arrangements via the FB Urban Sketchers Twin Cities group or via email (amber [at] urbansketchers.org).

COST:
Free.

SHOW and TELL:
At 2pm we'll meet up at the Welcome Shanty to share our sketches.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

February Sketchout - Art Shanty Project



THE STORY
Get ready for winter sketching! We're heading to the Arty Shanty Project. We'll be sketching the imaginative artist-designed ice shanties, bundled up people, and the snowy lake landscape. To help you prepare for a new adventure, there will be a small series of blog posts to help you get ready for outdoor winter sketching, with tips and tricks provided by experienced and enthusiastic winter sketchers.


photo by Slumber Party Shanty

"The origins of Art Shanty Projects comes from the inspiration provided by unique ice fishing houses and diverse communities that come together on Minnesota's frozen lakes each winter. Founders saw the potential to create an artists' happening in an extreme environment; to embrace and reinvent a beloved cultural practice; and to encourage personal expression and community engagement through temporary structures and performances. ... In the absence of codes and building restrictions, there is a frontier-like freedom encouraging personal expression and community engagement through temporary architecture." (http://www.artshantyprojects.org/about/program)

WHERE and WHEN:
Saturday 18 February, 12:00-2:00 at the Art Shanty Project on White Bear Lake. http://www.artshantyprojects.org/about/visit
If you are interested in carpooling to White Bear Lake, we can make arrangements via the FB Urban Sketchers Twin Cities group or via email (amber [at] urbansketchers.org).

COST:
Free.

SHOW and TELL:
At 2pm we'll meet up at the Welcome Shanty to share our sketches.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The January Sketch Out Has Been Cancelled

Due to all the "regrets" we were getting for our sketching event on January 21, 2017 we decided to cancel.

Several members were going to go to the Capitol and do reportage at the rallies related to the inauguration. (No one has made arrangements to meet and make this an event—people are going individually.)

Other members have written to say that because the weather is going to be so warm they will be doing outside activities with their families.

We have made our regrets to the Pavek Broadcasting Museum. We will add that site to our winter 2017-18 list of indoor locations.

Please accept our apologies for any convenience this may cause you.

If you are out creating reportage or doing Urban Sketching outside elsewhere this weekend please write a post about your adventures or post on the Facebook page.

We will meet again on the third weekend of February for our "Winter Sketching" meeting which will take place at an outdoor location. See you then.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Our January 21, 2017 Sketch Out: Pavek Broadcasting Museum

UPDATE: This month's sketch out for Saturday, January 21 to the Pavek Broadcasting Museum has been CANCELLED

Too many of the members wrote in with regrets saying that due to the warmer than seasonal weather expected for Saturday they were sketching outside at other events—including the political events related to the presidential inauguration.

We will make plans to visit the Pavek as a group in the 2017-18 Winter season.

Next month we will be sketching outside for our "Winter Sketching" event and we'll hope we have a good weather day for that as well.

Original post follows:


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.
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.)