Friday, November 3, 2017

Reasons to Sketch the Canadian War Museum on November 11

On Saturday Nov. 11, the Ottawa Urban Sketchers will be at the Canadian War Museum
The last time that the Ottawa Urban sketchers have sketched at the Canadian War Museum  was November 21st, 2015 and you can read about it here:

We now have three good reasons to return on November 11th, 2017:

Reason #1: It's Remembrance Day!

The official national Remembrance Day ceremonies are held in OTTAWA at the National War Memorial !
Every year, the Royal Canadian Legion organizes the National Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa. Highlights include the veterans themselves on parade, the attendance of the Prime Minister, the Governor General of Canada, and the Silver Cross Mother – a woman whose child has died while serving in the military. There is also a wreath-laying ceremony and an RCAF fly-past (weather permitting).

The Canadian War Museum offers Ottawa urban sketchers an opportunity to participate in this day of remembrance in an indoor location.
Reason #2: Its Urban Sketchers 10th Birthday!

On Saturday 11th November 2017, Urban Sketchers (USk) chapters from around the globe will hold sketchwalks in their cities to celebrate 10 years of Urban Sketchers.
On November 11, 2007 Gabi Campanario pushed the button to create an online group called Urban Sketchers. This small group of like-minded artists, sharing their work on Flickr, has grown in ten years:
Using GMT time, we will follow the sketchwalks on the USk Instagram account starting with the first chapter to see daylight (Auckland, New Zealand) to the last chapter to see the sunset (O’ahu, USA).  Look for hashtag #USkGlobal24hrSketchwalk on social media!

If you’d like to hear more about the founding and early history of Urban Sketchers, check out this video of Gabi Campanario’s keynote address at the 8th Urban Sketchers Symposium in Chicago.
Reason #3: It the 57th World Wide Sketch Crawl!

Ottawa Urban sketchers have been participating in World Wide SketchCrawls for many, many years now and November 11th will be the #57 and that's the last good reason to sketch the Canadian War Museum on Nov. 11!
Here are some links to our previous WW SketchCrawls
John "Sketch Journal" Ottawa Sketchcrawl links:
Other WW Sketchcrawl in Ottawa links:

Official Remembrance Day Ceremonies

The Canadian War Museum has scheduled very specific events throughout the day on November 11 and you can learn more by visiting

Our sketching event will commence after the official Remembrance Day ceremonies that are being broadcasted live starting at 10:00 am. including a moment of silence at the eleventh hour and ending at noon.

On Remembrance Day, at exactly 11 a.m., sunlight shines through a single window in Memorial Hall at the Canadian War Museum to frame the headstone representing Canada’s Unknown Soldier. A limited number of free tickets are be available as of 9:30 a.m. at the Information Desk. No reservations are permitted. This moving event will also be broadcast within the Museum and streamed live at and

Sketching the War Museum

Besides the many Remembrance Day scheduled activities and the many uniformed and civilian visitors that will be on site, there is also a vast art collection (numbering some 13,000 pieces) and extensive artifact collections arranged in eight permanent collections including four Canadian Experience galleries as well as the LeBreton gallery.  There is a LOT to sketch!


Please join us at the Canadian War Museum 
Nov. 11 (1- 4 pm)
  • When:  Saturday, November 11, 2017. We will meet in the main lobby (look for the sign - see below) at 1 pm and sketch until 4 pm; arrive when you can; stay as long as you like.
  • Admission Cost: FREE
  • Show and Tell: 4:00 pm main lobby (look for the sign - see below)
  • How to get there: The Museum accessible by bike or on foot. It is located right on the scenic Ottawa River Pathway; bicycle racks are available by the main entrance of the Museum. The CWM is also accessible by public transportation OC Transpo – Transitway – Lebreton Station – Routes: 8, 86, 87, 95, 96, 97
  • Parking: There are 310 indoor parking spaces available. Rate: $2.50 per half hour Daily maximum rate: $12.50 Flat rate from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.: $6.00
  • Museum Rules: "There is no specific rule to follow is you wish to come to the museum for drawing sketches.  We only ask that please you do not obstruct the view of other visitors, and the use of tripods or drawing table is not allowed. Please advise us if this is a large group, but if it is for a small group or an individual, there is no problem."; Photography is permitted within the exhibition galleries.
  • Official website:
New to our Ottawa urban sketching events? Look for our sign!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Geolosketching on Geoheritage Day Oct. 14

 The Ottawa Urban Sketchers have been invited by the Department of Earth Sciences at Carleton University to join them on Geoheritage Day for a day of geolosketching at
Hogs Back Falls in Ottawa


What Is Geolosketching?

Geolosketching is NOT urban sketching per se but there are many similarities!
"GeoloSketchers is a network of people joined by the interest in geology and for drawing. The first GeoloSketchers meeting took place in February 2017." (Source:

The procedure of a GeoloSketchers meeting is as follows:
  1. A public call to attend on a given date and place is launched through a social network. The location is an accessible space with relevant and visual appealing geological features. Attendance is free of charge and no registration is required. 
  2. Attendants must cover their own expenses and join each meeting under their own responsibility. 
  3. During the meetings participants are briefly introduced to what can be observed as well as to any interesting points of the area. This initial explanation excludes guided walks and/or drawing demonstrations. 
  4. Participants explore the surroundings of the area of interest, look for the most attractive spots, and start to draw. 
  5. A few hours later, GeoloSketchers meet again at the starting point and show their drawings to the group. Participants take group photos at the meetings and share them online”
What Is Geoheritage Day?

Geoheritage Day is an event run by the Department of Earth Sciences at Carleton University with the Ottawa Gatineau Geoheritage Project and local site partners which seeks to engage the public in learning about the geological heritage of the National Capital area.

Read more here:

The Details: Hogs Back Falls

The 8th annual Geoheritage Day runs this year Saturday October 14th from 10am to 3pm. There will be many interesting geological sites where volunteer experts from the Geoheritage Project (working and retired geologists and enthusiasts) and Carleton University's own Earth Sciences graduate and undergraduate students will be stationed.

For Details - Click Here
For Full List, visit the full listing and/ or the map 

Ottawa Urban Sketchers will meet 
between 10 and 3 pm 
at Hogs Back Falls 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Thank YOU Shari Baukopf & Urban Sketchers Mário Linhares

Two sold-out workshops were held in Ottawa on Saturday September 30, 2017 at Sappers Staircase on the Rideau Canal.

Sappers Staircase, Ottawa
Our classroom at the bottom of the stairs along the canal

Winsor & Newton sponsored Shari's workshop (as they did at the 2017 Urban Sketcher's Symposium in Chicago) and each participant received a beautiful Winsor & Newton tote bag with watercolours.

Shari greeting sketchers and handing out Winsor & Newton bags
Every sketcher received a Cotman Pocket Sketch Box and tubes of artist quality watercolours
There were two sessions
Morning session: 9:30 am -1:00 pm (full, wait list only)
Afternoon session: 2 pm - 5:30 pm (full, wait list only)

To see the workshop schedule, visit this link

Shari Blaukopf welcoming sketchers to her workshop
There are five Urban Sketcher groups in Canada  
and four of the five groups had participants at this workshop!
(only Vancouver Urban Sketchers not represented)

Montreal Urban Sketchers
Ottawa Urban Sketchers
Toronto Urban Sketchers
Waterloo Urban Sketchers 
Vancouver Urban Sketchers 
The view from our outdoor classroom
 The Urban Sketcher 
International Education Program

Our Ottawa workshop was made possible through the urban sketchers education team and we would like to especially thank USk Education Director Mário Linhares (He hosts his personal blog and founded the Urban Sketchers Portugal chapter in 2009.)

"In an effort to foster educational opportunities for sketching enthusiasts, The Urban Sketchers Workshops Program supports artists interested in teaching urban sketching.
The program is an extension of our international urban sketching Symposiums. It aims to bring the educational experience of the Symposiums to any city where a qualified instructor can impart a workshop.
Urban Sketchers Workshops are taught by international and regional correspondents who contribute to our network of blog sites.
Workshops may vary, as their instructors do, in style and substance, but all share common goals: to focus on issues of artistic creation, such as drawing, composition, techniques and materials; and creative approaches, such as vision, expression, story-telling and reportage."
  More Photos From the Morning Workshop

Warm-up sketches
While Sharii is colour mixing greens, everyone takes taking notes
Shari demonstrates painting simple tree shapes
Demo: Simple tree shapes

Exercise No. 2.: Workshop sketches - simple tree shapes
Shari talking about painting values
Shari's value painting
Shari talking about composition and thumbnail sketches
Shari's thumbnail sketch
It was a truly terrific day! There are photos of the afternoon session being posted on the Waterloo Urban Sketchers Facebook page:

The Waterloo Urban Sketchers also proposed a weekend sketching agenda and invited Ottawa Urban Sketchers to attend - we are so grateful! (The agenda can be found here

Sunday, Oct 1 

Sketchers from  Toronto, Waterloo, Chicago, Michigan and Spain who had attended Shari's Saturday workshop met again on Sunday morning at the National Gallery of Canada and sketched for a couple of hours together before heading home.

And Brenda Murray, Waterloo urban sketcher and Urban Sketcher Managing Editor of "Drawing Attention", got to meet our Ottawa urban sketcher who holds the record for being our "Youngest Ottawa Urban Sketcher"

Brenda Murray and Ottawa Urban Sketchers youngest sketcher

Monday, September 25, 2017

September's Chinatown Remix Event

Here is a recap and some of the sketches from our September event at Chinatown Remixed on Somerset Street West, Ottawa.

Did you know that the rooster was sketched by
awesome artist Tomas Pajdlhauser

Our meeting point was the great Art House Cafe on Somerset Street West which was located at the easterly end of the street closure for Chinatown Remixed

The Art House Cafe - our meeting point (note the sign on the railing!)
The plentitude of sketching locations for our day
Art Installation by artist/urban sketcher Colin White
Sketch by artist/urban sketcher Trish Woolaver

Sketch by artist/urban sketcher Trish Woolaver
Artist/urban sketcher Sara Ghoreishi Nejad found a nice shady spot
Sketch by artist/urban sketcher Sara Ghoreishi Nejad
Artist/urban sketcher Denis Madore found a nice shady spot
Sketch by artist/urban sketcher Denis Madore
Sketch by artist/urban sketcher Lissa Rachelle
Sketch by artist/urban sketcher Cindi Moynahan-Foreman
Finished sketch by artist/urban sketcher Cindi Moynahan-Foreman
Sketch by artist/urban sketcher Elizabeth Powles
Sketch by artist/urban sketcher Elizabeth Powles

Sketch by artist/urban sketcher Elizabeth Powles

Sketch by artist/urban sketcher Elizabeth Powles