Next Sketch Outing

Friday, Nov. 23, Festival of Trees/Fairmont Hotel

Upcoming Sketch Outings

Hello, sketchers! Beginning in December, USk Seattle will meet monthly on one weekend day (usually the third Sunday) and one Friday (instead of two Fridays). As mentioned previously, it has become increasingly difficult to find indoor locations during the long winter that can accommodate 20+ sketchers. We will probably resume meeting on two Fridays per month in the late spring when outdoor venues become more hospitable. (And as we’ve done the past several years, in the summer months we’ll schedule weekly outings on weekends as well as Fridays to take full advantage of the good weather!)

But don’t let less frequent outings keep you from sketching! If you want company when you sketch, we encourage you to contact friends you’ve met at USk outings and get together. Or feel free to post a message in the Google group or USk Seattle Facebook group with a plan for when and where you want to sketch and invite others to join you.

November & December outings:

All start times are 10 a.m. unless otherwise noted:

Friday, Nov. 23: Festival of Trees/Fairmont Hotel
Friday, Dec. 14: Swanson's Nursery Reindeer Festival
Sunday, Dec 16, 12 noon: Seattle Central Library 

Friday, Nov. 23: Festival of Trees/Fairmont Hotel

411 University Street, downtown Seattle

Since 1978, the Seattle Festival of Trees has presented a series of events to benefit Seattle Children's Hospital annually at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle. Sketch the lovely hotel, built in 1924, and its lobby decorated for the holidays. Meet at the lobby entrance.


Friday, 10 a.m., Dec. 14: Swanson’s Nursery Reindeer Festival

Swanson’s Nursery
9701 15th Ave. NW, Seattle

Sketching the reindeer, Santa and festive holiday decorations at Swanson’s Nursery has become a USk Seattle tradition. Enjoy beverages and snacks purchased at Swanson’s cafĂ© while sketching the jungle of tropical plants and koi pond. Meet near the reindeer pens.


Sunday,  Dec. 16: Seattle Central Library

Seattle Central Library
1000 4th Ave., Seattle

Meet at 12 noon (the library’s opening time),inside the Fourth Avenue entrance.

 Brave the weather and sketch the challenging angles of the Koolhaas/Prince-Ramus-designed building from the outside! Or stay warm and dry: The 11-story public library contains an innovative “Books Spiral,” colorful escalators and floor-to-ceiling window views of downtown Seattle.