Urban Sketchers
Urban Sketchers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the artistic, storytelling and educational value of location drawing, promoting its practice and connecting people around the world who draw on location where they live and travel. We aim to show the world, one drawing at a time.

The Urban Sketchers Workshop Program
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 (Portland 2010, Lisbon 2011.) 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. (Read more about our instructors.)

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.

Workshops are conducted in outdoor and indoor urban settings relevant to the content of the class. Think of vista points with city views for a class about sketching panoramas, a busy city square for a workshop about drawing people in motion, or the interior of an old church to learn about perspective.

The workshop goal is to provide each participant with useful drawing instruction that they can apply to their urban sketching practice.

Each instructor is responsible for the organization of the workshop, including collecting registration fees, determining workshop location, hours and price.

Instructors donate a 10 percent of the workshop revenue to the Urban Sketchers nonprofit and keep the rest to cover their expenses and honorarium.

Workshops are branded with the Urban Sketchers logo and advertised through Urban Sketchers blogs and social media.

The program is overseen by the Workshops Program Committee, appointed by the Urban Sketchers board of directors. The committee is responsible for reviewing and approving workshop proposals and monitoring the quality of the workshops. Its members are professional artists and art educators.

Workshop guidelines:

  • Urban Sketchers requests well organized, accurately advertised workshops which engage participants in the art and practice of onsite drawing.
  • Knowledgeable instructors with experience in teaching or relevant professional practice of the workshop's subject matter are highly favored.
  • One-on-one interaction with participants is expected, with emphasis placed on education, instruction, and context (rather than simply being a co-participant of the workshop).
  • Instructors are expected to offer critiques of participants' work.
  • Instructors are expected to conduct workshops in a highly professional manner and exhibit respect and integrity for all the participants. Effective communication, appropriate workshop management and relevant course content and appropriate learning goals are a must.
  • Participants should receive a printed handout summarizing the content of the workshop, drawing tips and related exercises.

Urban Sketchers (USK) responsibility:

  • Advertise and promote workshop as an official Urban Sketchers Workshop through Urban Sketchers blogs and social media.
  • Instructor is given access to workshops blog site and added to the list of instructors along with a relevant biography.
  • Survey workshop participants after the workshop has taken place in an effort to promote success and provide instructors with useful feedback.

Intructors responsibility:

  • Conduct workshop on the date(s) planned and meet the workshop guidelines
  • Provide list of participants to Workshops Committee so they can be sent a questionaire after the workshop takes place
  • Report on the workshop experience doing a blog post on the workshop site within 15 days after workshop takes place
  • Donate 10 percent of the workshop's income to Urban Sketchers to support the non-profit's educational initiatives.