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


  1. What a great post Cindi! You have said it all. It was a perfect day and thanks to your great organizing, a perfect workshop too. Thanks to everyone who attended! I will certainly share this link!!

    1. We are so grateful that you took time out of your incredibly busy schedule to offer this workshop. I know that we could have filled LOTS more sessions with all the folks on the waiting list.

      That just means you will have to come back again - we would love that! Your workshop was amazing!

      Sending you heartfelt thanks on behalf of the Ottawa Urban Sketchers

    2. I have a feeling I will be back Cindi. Thanks again for the warm welcome!

  2. Great workshop, great city, great people! We had a wonderful weekend of sketching and learning and eating and drinking! Sketched the Byward Market, the neoGothic splendour of Parliament Hill, a night sketch from the Andaz rooftop bar, visited the Gordon Harrison gallery (wow) and the National Gallery of Art, strolled the canal under a big yellow sun! Wonderful! Would be a great place for the symposium! Hope to organize some joint sketching events in future! Thank you Shari for a great workshop and Cindi for organizing! :)