Friday, June 9, 2017


The idea for a world wide sketchcrawl originated with Enrico Casarosa of San Francisco in late 2004 . Enrico is an  Italian storyboard artist and director who works at Pixar Animation Studios.

Since 2004, SketchCrawl has become a worldwide phenomenon participated by artists around the world armed with sketchpads, pencils, watercolor and other sketching materials.

Join Us - In Ottawa - July 29, 2017

So - put your pen to paper on July 29th for as long as you can (be it 20 minutes or 6 hours) drawing, sketching, journaling about your day and what you see around you. For one day, slow down, look around you, see ... and draw or write. Record your day. No specific level of skill is expected ! Anyone is welcome.

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We will meet at the National Gallery near the sculpture "maman" (aka the spider). 
There is plenty of parking. 
We can gather, get to know each other and sit and sketch "maman", 
the Basilica or head to the next spots: Major's Hill Park, 
Parliament Buildings or the Bytowne Museum (canal locks)

Show and Tell:  Bytowne Museum (canal locks) 
Before lunch, we will have a quick show and tell 
for the benefit of folks who are sketching for only a half day. 
By meeting at 12, artists could decide where to have lunch together
and even sketch their lunch location!
We will meet under the bridge: Rideau & Rideau Canal
(There is a large sheltered area directly beside the canal to meet)

The afternoon could be spent in the alleyways and/or the colourful vendor areas
of the Byward market. 
There are plenty of places to sketch
Byward Market Building
(We can meet indoors at the Moulin De Provence Bakery end)

The Byward Market

Show and Tell: Farewell
We will meet at the corner of York and Sussex
at the western end of the Byward Market
Byward Market Building
(We can meet again indoors at the Moulin De Provence Bakery end)

Please Note
La Machine will be downtown in the same general area during our WW Sketchcrawl - there will be crowds!
Here is the schedule:

DAY 3: Saturday, July 29
11 am – Kumo Walkabout: By Ward Market
11 am – Long Ma Walkabout: ByWard Market
3 pm – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from the ByWard Market
3:10 pm – Kumo Walkabout: departs from the ByWard Market
8: 30 pm – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from Confederation Park
9:30 pm – STATIC SCENE: Kumo and Long Ma at the Supreme Court of Canada
You can add La Machine to your list of sketches 
or avoid the area all together.

 (More information can be found here:

La Machine will invade Ottawa (July 27 to 30) from Ottawa 2017 on Vimeo.

World Wide Sketchcrawl Links: 

Want to know more about World Wide Sketchcrawls? 
Visit the links below.

Other Canadian Urban Sketching Groups

Want to now more about Urban Sketchers in other provinces? 
Visit some of the blogs below:

48th World Wide SketchCrawl Ottawa Report

Read about the LAST time that Ottawa Urban Sketchers did this very same sketchcrawl on our 48th worldwide Sketch Crawl :

John "Sketch Journal" Ottawa Sketchcrawl links:

Other WW Sketchcrawl in Ottawa links:

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