Whether you’re a novice sketcher or a seasoned artist, we believe there is always room to learn and grow. Through our annual Symposium, education programs, and USk Talks, our members are able to gain insights and knowledge from local and international artists.

Attend a Workshop

In 2011, Urban Sketchers created the USk Education Program to create and foster educational opportunities for sketching enthusiasts and to support artists interested in teaching urban sketching under the USk umbrella. The goal is to bring the educational experience of the Symposiums to any city where a qualified instructor can lead a workshop. While the instructors’ styles may vary, they retain common areas of focus: issues of artistic creation, such as drawing, composition, techniques and materials; and creative approaches, such as vision, expression, storytelling and reportage.

Current Workshops

City Perspectives with Nina Johansson

Nina´s workshop, City Perspectives, will take on ways to deal with all the overwhelming visual input that a city can challenge a sketcher with. Nina will show us her way to work step by step, from the large perspectives to

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USK Workshop – Let’s Get Closer

Plein-Air Watercolor Workshop in Tuscany with Majid Modir and a guest artist. Join a creative adventure in the historical town of Volterra located in the heart of Tuscany and bring a lot of pleasant memories and some vibrant paintings back home!

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The situation with COVID remains uncertain in many places and dangerous in others. Keeping in mind the health and safety of our members and the broader community, we will not be promoting any workshops on a global level until the end of 2021.

About Our Instructors

More than 60 instructors from every continent have taught Urban Sketchers Workshops to date. If you would like to bring a USk Workshop to your regional chapter contact us at


The Symposium is a comprehensive Urban Sketchers event that fosters the art of on-location drawing by offering diverse activities related to on-location sketching and knowledge sharing among sketchers. The symposiums are organized by volunteers from around the world.

2010, Portland, USA: 72 participants 

2011, Lisbon, Portugal: 150 participants 

2012, Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep.: 95 participants 

2013, Barcelona, Spain: 360 participants 

2014, Paraty, Brazil: 240 participants 

2015, Singapore: 420 participants 

2016, Manchester, UK: 423 participants 

2017, Chicago, USA: 477 participants 

2018, Porto, Portugal: 765 participants

2019, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Education Committee

Rita Sabler

Education Director

Jane Blundell

Committee Member

Virginia Hein

Committee Member

Nina Johansson

Committee Member

Rob Sketcherman

Committee Member

Shari Blaukopf

Committee Member

Peter Richards

Committee Member

Ed Harker

Committee Member