About Urban Sketchers Port Townsend

We are group of sketchers from Port Townsend and the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.  We love to draw the area where we live and the places we visit.  Port Townsend and the surrounding area is a unique and intriguing locale for sketching. All of our sketches are done on location. Sometimes  this means sketching from the comfort of cafe or car if the weather is not cooperating.  Otherwise you find us on a street corner or anyone of the historic locations in this area.    We do not sketch from photos.

The original Urban Sketchers group was created in 2007 by Seattle Times journalist, Gabi Campanario, aka ‘The Seattle Sketcher.’ The Urban Sketchers blog began in 2008, and a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the art of on-location drawing began in 2009.

We are working to build a group of urban sketchers in Port Townsend and surrounding areas on the Olympic Peninsula.  We ask that sketchers joining our group attend our outings and share their sketches online on our Facebook and Flickr groups.  This supports the mission and manifesto of the global Urban Sketchers movement.

What do Urban Sketchers do?
We typically meet at 10:00 am at a designated location and then disperse to sketch until  12:30 pm, when we meet again to share our sketches and do a group photo.

We have a regularly scheduled monthly sketch-outings on the fourth Saturday of each month and on the second Wednesday, year around.

We will occasionally have ‘ad hoc’ gatherings mid-week on varying days and at various times, to take advantage of interests of the sketchers, to allow sketchers to join us who can’t meet at our regular meeting times.

After a sketching event members  scan or photograph their sketches and post them on the the Port Townsend Flickr site or the Facebook Group.   Urban Sketchers view and comment on the sketches posted by other  Urban Sketchers locally or globally.

How do I go about becoming an Urban Sketcher and member of the Port Townsend Chapter?
Urban Sketchers Port Townsend welcomes all who would enjoy sketching with us to attend our sketch-outings. Our sketching  community is open to sketchers with any level of sketching experience.  We ask that you:

  • Participate in sketch-outings with other Port Townsend area sketchers,
  • Post Urban Sketches on our group’s Flickr or Facebook sites. While there, comment in a supportive manner about the the sketches of other Urban Sketchers.
  • Agree to follow the Urban Sketchers Manifesto:
    • We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
    • Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and travel.
    • Our drawings are a record of time and place.
    • We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
    • We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
    • We support each other and draw together.
    • We share our drawings online.
    • We show the world, one drawing at a time.

Is there a cost?
There is no joining fee or participation fee. If our sketch-out is at a location which requires an entrance fee, we try to be sure it is in a location that is equally interesting around the area, so a sketcher may decide whether to pay to enter the venue or not.  Whenever possible, we will  try to reduce entry fees by applying for group rates. Most of our venues are free.

What materials are needed to sketch?
Bring any type of sketching materials you would enjoy using. To sketch, all that is needed is a pencil or pen and some paper. You may bring that or any other sketching materials that interest you. One thing artists enjoy is sharing information about materials. It is  fun to see what everyone else has brought for sketching materials.  Some of us bring a folding stool or chair. We also sometimes just sit on ledges, stand, lean, etc., whatever works for us in that location.

We now have a Flickr group at https://www.flickr.com/groups/sketchpt/

and a Facebook page