2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Sunday, April 30, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Meet by the Flamingos - Mary be there until 10:15. Folks can wander on their own and reconvene at 11:30 to show our work (optional) and take pictures for social media (also optional) This event is cross-posted with San Diego Cartoonists and Art Lovers meetup. Hosted by Mary Rhoads.
Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala
10818 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, CA 92108 Saturday, May 13, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
We have been granted permission to sketch outside the mission from 9 - 11 a.m. You may sketch inside if you wish but the mission fee is $3 for adults and $5 for seniors 55 and older.
4th Annual San Diego Urban Sketchers Birthday Party
14134 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064 Saturday, May 20, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Come out and celebrate 4 years of Urban Sketching together! Birthday cake will be served at noon. This is also the day of the Poway Farmers Market (8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) and the Poway Community Band Festival / Arts and Crafts Market (10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
The Farmers Market currently offers 65 vendors providing fresh produce, flowers, music and freshly prepared food. All produce is certified by the agricultural commission, and is brought to you fresh from the grower.
The 23rd Annual California Band Festival and the Poway Arts and Crafts Guild will also be taking place during our event. Listen to bands from near and afar that will offer a wide variety musical genres from blue grass ensembles to full concert bands.
Draw at the Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 Saturday, May 27, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Meet by the Flamingos - Mary be there until 10:15. Folks can wander on their own and reconvene at 11:30 to show our work (optional) and take pictures for the facebook page (also optional.) This event is cross-posted with San Diego Cartoonists and Art Lovers meetup. Hosted by Mary Rhoads.
Our latest event photos
La Mesa Stroll, April 11, 2017 Craig and Lydia
I asked Suzie Botts to introduce herself, she is fairly new to the San Diego Urban Sketchers Group but has already attended 3 or 4 events with her sister Hilarie. I like listening to them joke around and laugh together. The only photo of her is one I had to "snip" from a video. Sorry Suzie. Thank you for your introduction!
My name is Susan “Suzie” Botts. I got started with Urban Sketchers several months ago, along with my sister, Hilarie. I had followed the group’s activities on the website for about a year and was always interested. When my sister retired and she was able to “play” I thought this might be a good activity to try together.
I have been interested and involved in the “arts” since I was in grade school. I paint/sketch for pleasure rather than for accuracy, precision, profit, or even learning. I really enjoyed sketching outside with no lessons or critiques so you can see that the Urban Sketching idea is a perfect fit. For me the primary pleasure is “in the moment” but I do like looking back at my books (I have about four now) because it reminds me of good times.
I like sketching/watercolor because it is highly portable and quick drying. I usually have three “art books” going at any one time. A 3” x 5” pocket sketch book, a 5” x 5” sketch book and a 5” x 8” watercolor/sketch book. My style is still evolving but I seem to like sketching and then using watercolor to accent several areas. I like cutting out an “inspirational pieces” such as a design, a place, a flower etc., pasting it in my book, and either copying it in my own way or adding to it in some form. I have added found “street” items like dried pods, yarn, fabric, stickers and what-not to my books. I will frequently take pictures on my cell phone and later “sketch” them into my book. For one month (while on my walks) I took pictures of all the sidewalk stamps I could find in San Diego. The oldest one was from 1959.
I took basic art classes long ago at Southwestern College and more recently through Oasis. I like Craftsy and have taken several on-line courses. I also quilt, knit, and crochet. Like many in love with one art form, I like trying others and have probably tried most. 1970’s Macramé anyone?
I like hearing what others like to do and what they use. I like hearing how they got started painting and what they like to paint. I do not use any of the social media sites and do not have a website.
San Diego Urban Sketchers Leaders are Lydia Velarde, Ann Schwartzwald and Renata Grillo.