Next Sketch Outing

Friday, April 19: U Village

Upcoming Sketch Outings

Early April TBD: Kwanzan cherry trees in Olympia


We have one more opportunity to sketch pink trees this season: the later-blooming Kwanzans growing on an Olympia street nicknamed Cherry Lane. Unlike the near-white pale pink of traditional Yoshino cherries, the Kwanzan variety is a true, bright pink! The date is yet undetermined pending peak blooms and weather, so stay tuned for updates about this joint outing with USk Tacoma.

Friday, April 19: U Village

University Village
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


University Village has a large central plaza with plants and trees, kids in the play area, animal sculptures, plentiful umbrella’d tables and other sheltered areas. Lots of free parking in the ramp and on the ground. Meet in front of the Room & Board furniture store (see image on blog). Throwdown at 12:30 p.m. in the same area.


Saturday, April 27: Amazon Spheres/SLU

2111 7th Avenue (7th and Lenora), South Lake Union
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Amazonland is a constantly changing area of South Lake Union. Sketch the Spheres, the vintage Elephant Car Wash sign, or your favorite buildings in the canyon of glass and steel. In case of rain, Amazon’s Stumpery near 8th and Bell offers a large sheltered area with a collection of centuries-old tree stumps from the Olympic Peninsula. (See map and more info about the Stumpery on Amazon’s site.) Meet at the Spheres at 7th and Lenora. Throwdown at 12:30 p.m.


Wednesday, May 1: Seattle Chinese Garden

6000 16th Ave. SW, West Seattle
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


A gem tucked away at South Seattle College, Seattle Chinese Garden has classical Chinese architecture surrounded by water features, stone and many plants. The peonies are expected to be in full bloom by early May. This outing will be part of International Urban Sketchers Week, May 1 – 7. Meet outside the entrance. Throwdown at 12:30 p.m.
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PLEASE NOTE: At most USk outings, at least one admin is present to act as “leader” for that event. Very occasionally, no admins are available to attend. If you have attended previously and know the drill, and you notice that no admins have stepped up to start the outing at the appointed start time, please welcome any first-timers, decide on a throwdown location, and announce the throwdown time. If you can, please also take a group photo after the throwdown and share on social media with the hashtag #uskseattle . Thank you!

Attention Google Group E-mail Subscribers

Some Google email group members are still occasionally finding our emails in their spam folders. Please go into your spam folder options and choose “never block” mail from
urbansketchers-seattle@googlegroups.com . We are also experiencing occasional problems with our emails not going out at all or only to some members. It’s frustrating and annoying, but we don’t know how to resolve it. Hopefully we’ll soon be able to go back to having a standing meeting day, at least through the summer! Thanks for bearing with us as we continue to schedule outings on short notice!



31 comments:

  1. love to join, are most outings during the week?
    Sandee

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    1. We schedule at least one outing per month on a weekend (usually the third Sunday of the month) and at least one on a Friday. In the warmer weather months, we usually meet several times a month.

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  2. am just beginning to sketch during self isolation. please recommend online courses available. thank you

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    1. myblueprint.com has excellent online video art courses, including many on urban sketching! Have fun and keep drawing!

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    2. Hi Miata
      I tried going on blueprint but did not come up with the art site. Do you have another name for it? Thanks

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    3. Unfortunately, Bluprint went out of business a few months ago. :-(

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    4. It has been rebranded as Craftsy again: https://www.craftsy.com/#

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  3. please let us know when we can start sketching together, 6 feet away right? With masks?

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    1. Hi Sandee! We're all eager to sketch together again! We are following Gov. Inslee's requirements for organizations to resume meetings. Currently King Co. is in modified phase 1, which limits social gatherings to 5 or fewer people outdoors.

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  4. Hello fellow sketchers
    Is anyone sketching in downtown Seattle these days? I go to the Market and stay outdoors and it seems to work fine. Please let me know if you are starting up again. Stay Well

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    1. Hi Susan! We're all eager to sketch together again! We follow Gov. Inslee's requirements for meetings. The limit for our type of organization is still 5 or fewer people outdoors. Since we have no way to limit the number of people who might show up at a sketch outing, we are still not organizing any official outings. But you are welcome to invite 4 or fewer friends for an outdoor gathering while maintaining social distance and following other safety protocols. Stay safe and happy sketching!

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    2. It is now mid-March 2021 any more thoughts about meeting outside now that spring is coming? Thanks, susan

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    3. Hi Susan! We are still following the state's requirements for "recreational" gatherings, which are currently restricted to 15 people from no more than 2 households. We are as eager to sketch again as a group as you are! Thanks for your patience, and happy sketching!

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  5. Hi there! I am on the communications team for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and we would be interested in starting an conversation with you for hosting an outing in the future after the current COVID-19 restrictions are softened. My email is hudson.k@portseattle.org to connect. Thank you! -Kate

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  6. I’m having trouble finding out about upcoming outings. A friend recommended urban sketchers seattle but didn’t give my the way to connect

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    1. Hi Gay! Do you see the announcement on this page (above)? This is where we announce the outings. We are also on Facebook. If you'd like to receive email announcements, please make a request at usk.seattle at gmail.com , and we'll put you in our Google group. Thanks for your interest!

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  7. When does the March 2022 outing get posted?

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    1. Hi Susan! We don't have it scheduled yet... we are playing it by ear this month so that we can meet outdoors and will likely announce on short notice based on the weather. The best way to be informed is to get on our Google mailing list, which I think you are already on...?

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  8. Hello, I applied to join Seattle Urban Sketcher group via Facebook. Is it ok to attend an event as a guest?

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    1. There's no actual "membership" involved ;-) ... anyone can attend at any time! :-)

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  9. I'm coming up to Seattle on the morning train. I won't get there in time to sketch with you, but will be able to join you for the throw-down.

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    1. Great! Welcome! Please introduce yourself during the throwdown.

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    2. What is a throwdown ?

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    3. The throwdown occurs at the end of a sketch outing when everyone "throws down" their sketchbooks to share with everyone else. :-)

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  10. Hey Team, I was curious to know can anyone join the upcoming USk meetup without prior experience or is there something expected from them as new joinees?

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    1. Anyone is welcome to any meetup, regardless of experience! :-)

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  11. Hi, do you still have a google group? I can't find it and this link doesn't work: https://groups.google.com/g/urbansketchers-seattle

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    1. Yes, we do still have the Google group. You can just go to Google Groups and search for Urban Sketchers Seattle, or you can email usk.seattle[at]gmail.com and request to be put in the group.

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  12. Hey! I would like to come to the one on Friday. How do I sign up or do I just show up ?

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    1. Yup, you just show up! :-) That's why we post notices here. Welcome!

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