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!


  1. Have been following the Ottawa Urban sketchers for a few months now but not had the chance to join you. Hope to be there this time. What a great way to commemorate Remembrance Day

    1. Great Liz! Looking forward t seeing you there!

  2. My son and I will be there. Looking forward to meet with all the sketchers again. This will be our first visit to the War museum as well, so we are very excited

    1. Wonderful! Look forward to seeing you both!