Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Mark Your Calendars - Two Winter Evening Museum SketchCrawls

Urban sketchers are moving indoors to sketch this winter.

This winter, we will take advantage of Ottawa's Free Museum Thursdays and we have planned two indoor evening SketchCrawls for  November and December 2015. If successful, we can add more dates and museum locations.

Thursday, November 19, 2015
The Canadian War Museum

November 11th is National Remembrance Day in Canada so what better place to visit for November's SketchCrawl than the Canadian War Museum? 

The (CWM) (French: Musée canadien de la guerre) is Canada's national museum of military history.

The current CWM building opened in May 2005 and is located less than 2 km west of Canada's Parliament Buildings. The building's architecture has received professional and public acclaim.

Inside the museum, there is 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 plenty to sketch!

Samples from the permanent and special collections

The Details
  • When:  Thursday, November 19, 2015. We will meet in the main lobby at 4 pm and sketch until 8 pm; arrive when you can
  • Admission Cost: FREE
  • Show and Tell: 8:30 pm Location to be determined
  • 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
  • Register: A facebook event page has been created. Please indicate if you will be attending and invite your sketcher friends Notifications will also be posted to
  • 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:
  • Downloadable App: Thre is a free application is designed to enhance the Museum experience for both onsite and offsite users.

Thursday, December 17, 2015
The National Gallery of Canada

Various Artworks from the Canadian Collections of the National Gallery of Canada will be temporarily closing so what better time to go in and sketch than now?

The National Gallery of Canada (NGC) (French: Musée des beaux-arts du Canada), located in the capital city of Ottawa, Ontario, is one of Canada's premier art galleries.

The Gallery is now housed in a glass and granite building on Sussex Drive with a notable view of the Canadian Parliament buildings on Parliament Hill. 

The building was designed by Moshe Safdie and opened in 1988.The Gallery's former director Jean Sutherland Boggs was chosen especially by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to oversee construction of the national gallery and museums.

The collections 

The Details
  • When: Thursday, December 17, 2015. We will meet in the main lobby at 5 pm and sketch until 8 pm; (arrive whenever you can)
  • Admission Cost: FREE
  • Show and Tell: 8:30 pm Location to be determined
  • How to get to 380 Sussex Drive: The NGC located within walking distance of ByWard Market, Château Laurier and Parliament Hill and is accessible by both the OC Transpo and STO; Visit the following link: for details.
  • Parking: There is underground parking at the gallery $2.75 per half-hour, daily maximum $14 (Members $12). The clearance for our underground parking garage is 6 feet. Parking also permitted on adjacent streets.
  • Register: In December, a facebook event page will be created. Notifications will also be posted to
  • Museum Rules: "Drawing is permitted in the galleries with pencil only (erasers are not permitted). You may be asked to stop if the galleries are too crowded.  If you wish to do so, portable seats are available for you to take with you through the galleries. They are available at the top of the ramp in the Great Hall."; Eating and drinking is not permitted in the exhibition galleries; Cellular phones may not be used in the exhibition galleries. They ask that you turn the ring tone off; photographs are permitted in some areas - please observe signs where photography is prohibited;
  • Official website:
  • Downloadable App: There is an android/iPhone app that gives you access to all new content about the Canadian collection.

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