Saturday, November 21, 2015

Thursday, December 17 - An Indoor Evening Sketchcrawl!

The National Gallery of Canada

Various artworks from the Canadian collections of the National Gallery of Canada will be packed up temporarily in the new year in preparation for Canada's 150th birthday celebration in 2017. So what better time to go to the gallery and sketch your favourite pieces than now?

The National Gallery of Canada (NGC) (French: Musée des beaux-arts du Canada), is one of Canada's premier art galleries.

The Gallery is 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.

There are 36,000 works of art from the 14th to 21st centuries and even a 19th-century chapel (saved from demolition in 1972, it was dismantled into 1,000 pieces, stored and reconstructed within the Gallery)!

The galleries are divided into six separate areas: the Canadian collection, the European, American, and Asian galleries, the Inuit galleries, a section for contemporary art (including video), another for prints, drawings, and photographs, and a separate space for temporary exhibitions.

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: A facebook event page has been created: Please share with your networks. Notifications will also be posted to (to be phased out) and the *new Urban Sketchers Ottawa facebook page* at group
  • 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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