Porto… It’s a date!

Are you ready for the 9th International Urban Sketchers Symposium in Porto? Get your calendars booked. It will be on 18-21 July 2018! Subscribe to the Urban Sketchers Symposium Mailing List for updates and be in the loop when registration opens. Keep tabs on the Symposium website for announcements and call for programming. Mark the […]

How Art makes the city of Chicago vibrate!

[by Marion Rivolier from Paris, France] I was lucky to be an instructor for the 8th Urban Sketchers Symposium in Chicago in July. As a Parisian, I am not comfortable with the incredible scale of American cities. When I arrived in Chicago, I was so surprised by the height of the skyscrapers that I thought […]

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 […]

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 […]

Symposium 2017: Opening Day

[by Wes Douglas, Symposium Correspondent in Chicago, USA] For the visiting Urban Sketchers to Chicago this week, there is apparently an unwritten rule that upon arriving you must sketch or paint Cloud Gate (or “The Bean,” a name at which sculptor/artist Amish Kapoor would cringe). After a morning walking tour of the Museum Campus, Buckingham […]

Symposium 2017 Chicago – Pre-Event Day 1

[by Wes Douglas, Symposium Correspondent in Chicago, USA] Symposium Chicago, Pre-Event Day 1:  While the team of USk Chicago volunteers gathered to assemble goody bags and set the stage for what is sure to be another epic Symposium, Australian instructor and artist Liz Steel and USk Chicago co-admin and artist Wes Douglas arrived at WGN-TV […]