Symposium Behind the Scenes

As everyone celebrates the joys of sketching in and around the Symposium, here’s a sneak peek into what goes on behind the big stage. A huge part that drives this group is the community. Connecting with volunteers from different time zones and postal codes, it is amazing to see how technology plays a part in […]

Microsoft Surface + Mental Canvas Sponsor Urban Sketchers International Symposium in Chicago

>>>>>>PRESS RELEASE>>>>>>>>> Urban Sketchers Announces Microsoft Surface + Mental Canvas as Sponsors for 2017 Symposium Urban Sketchers is grateful for the generous support of Microsoft Surface + Mental Canvas at the 8th International Urban Sketchers Symposium in Chicago from 26 -29 July 2017.  Drawing in a new dimension™ Mental Canvas™ is a software company that […]

Remembering Flaf at #USkChicago2017

   “You can only see well with a pencil.”  Florian Afllerbach Florian Afflerbach (1980-2016) was a remarkable person and sketcher who touched many people’s lives and left an amazing body of work of more than 2,000 sketches and drawings. His family and friends are preparing a book to help keep his creativity alive. The book: […]

Lessons Learned From A Symposium Sketch Correspondent

[by Wes Douglas Symposium Correspondent in Chicago, USA] Sketch Correspondent (n) 1. to tell stories using pictures, sketches, markings for attendees at the Symposium and those who were unable to make it. To give a sense of what the Symposium experience is like, to be the eyes and ears for USK members for the Symposium […]

The Persuasive Powers of the Sketchbook: 2017 Symposium Lectures

For the Friday evening events, participants had the option of attending a concert performance at the Pritzker Pavilion with reserved lawn seats, or they could attend the continuing lecture series at the Goodman Center. For those who, like yours truly, chose the lectures, two very important presenters took the stage and each presented on some […]

Friday July 28: Bones, Dogs Trees and Fountains

[by Wes Douglas, Symposium Correspondent in Chicago, USA] Friday’s Workshop adventures began by accompanying the always-amazing Lapin on the 15-minute trek to The Field Museum of Natural History, located in the museum campus on the very south edge of the Symposium area. Lapin had arranged for his workshops to have free access to the impressive […]

Saturday: Final Workshops and the World Sketch walk

[by Wes Douglas, Symposium Correspondent in Chicago, USA] Today was the final day for workshops, sketch walks and the 2017 World Sketch Walk. The above sketch was my attempt to give readers a sense of the Goodman Center Central Meeting Hall (internally known as “The Hub.”) What started out as my comprehensive sketch of The […]

Day 4: Goodbye and see you in…

[By Béliza Mendes, Symposium Correspondent in Chicago, USA]  The last day of the symposium came all too early. For me it started with a visit to the workshop of one of my favorite sketchers, Veronica Lawlor. Ever so slightly star struck, I managed to make a few thumbnails like she asked the other participants to […]

More USK on TV: USk Symposium 2017

[by Wes Douglas, Symposium Correspondent in Chicago, USA] While most of the attendees of the 2017 USk Symposium were exploring and sketching around Chicago, a second TV segment promoting our event and the public sketch walk was happening just up the street from the Goodman Center where registration was just about to begin. At the […]

Everywhere You Look, Urban Sketchers: USk Symposium 2017

[by Wes Douglas, Symposium Correspondent in Chicago, USA] Signs that Urban Sketchers are really making an impression in Chicago. Thursday July 27th was Day One for Workshops, Demonstrations and Lectures. In an effort to match up the different participants with their respective instructors, attendees were asked to meet at the Congress Plaza North (a wide […]