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September 28th Sunday Sketching: Lachine Canal and Atwater Market

September 15, 2014

It was a successful destination last year so let’s try it again. We’ll meet at the south end of the Atwater Market near the Lachine Canal. If the day is good we can be outside (may be the last one of the season) and if it’s raining we can sketch inside the market. There are plenty of subjects to draw (Canal, Market, etc) and places to eat so we can have lunch at Au Pain Doré just across from the Market. See you on the 28th at 10 am!


Who wants to paint the fall colors, Oct 17-19 upstate NYC?

September 19, 2014



I’m fishing to see who might be interested in a painting expedition to upstate New York. This would be informal, un-instructed, just a get together of people who’d like to paint this weekend. Plans are coming together. All we have for sure is that we’ll choose the Ithaca area near a park.

Urban Sketchers from NY, MTL, TO and KW (and their spouses), (or anyone who feels they are in travelling distance) are all welcome to join us.

If you think you might be interested, let me know at marc(dot)taro(at)gmail(dot)com.



Aug 24 Sunday Sketching : Pointe-â-Callière 18th Century New France Market

August 8, 2014

This Sunday August 24, Urban Sketchers Montreal has been invited back to the Pointe-â-Callière 18th Century New France Market.

The event runs from 10am to 8pm and is easily found right in front of the Pointe-â-Callière Museum in the Old Port.


This year they’re using some of my sketches to promote the event, and in return we have thirty free admissions to the museum, which you can use on Sunday if there is rain, or for a future visit.

Unfortunately  I will not be there, as I’m off to Brazil to teach at the USK international symposium, but Jocelyne Filion will be on hand to meet everyone and give out the guest passes. Tickets are first come first serve, but I think there will be enough for our usual numbers.

I hope you come out for sketching, and enjoy the day, I wish I could be there – this is a favorite drawing event for me!





Redpath Museum and McGill U outing

July 28, 2014

Nous nous sommes réunit au Musée Redpath à 10 h dimanche matin. On annonçait de la pluie mais les orages ne nous ont pas touchés donc on a dessiné sur le Campus jusqu’à midi. Le lunch et échange de cahiers croquis a eu lieu au Second Cup près de la librairie Paragraph. À une heure nous sommes retournés au Musée qui ouvrait ses portes et nous avons dessiné à l’intérieur jusqu’à 15h. À ce moment nous nous sommes réunis sur les marches du Musée pour les dernières photos et les adieux après une magnifique journée à croquer en compagnie des mordus du dessin.

Venez visitez ce joli Musée Universitaire. L’entrée est gratuite ou vous êtes libres de faire un don. Visitez le site au

We met at the foot of Redpath Museum at 10 am. Forecast was for rain but it held up so we all sketched around McGill Campus until 11 at which time all met at Paragraph Bookstore coffee shop (Second Cup) for lunch at the terrasse tables. Great sharing of sketch books and tips. At 1 pm we returned to the Museum since it opened at 1pm on Sundays and skeched inside till 3pm at which time we snapped photos and bid adieu to each other after a wonderful day sketching.

This little know, unfortunately, University Museum is a gem. Do visit its site at and plan to visit it soon. Entry is free, but you may contribute if you wish. It is opened 9 to 5pm Monday to Friday and Sundays 1 to 5pm.


Lucie Marceau, Jean-Claude Boivin, Gulaine Couture, Ginette Auger, Gulaine Nadeau, Tania Lebedeff, Hang Lu Su, Ludmila Fishman, Raynald Murphy – in no particular order.


Sunday Sketching: July 27th: McGill Campus / Redpath Museum

July 3, 2014


We always go to the Redpath Museum in winter – which means we don’t actually draw the McGill campus, or any of the surrounding area on Sherbrooke.

On July 27th, lets meet at 10am in front of the Redpath Museum, and we can see about some summertime sketching around McGill.

Please note – Myself (Marc) and Shari will both be out of town that weekend – but please do come out and sketch – by now we have many regulars who can meet any new members. As well, Montreal sketcher Raynald Murphy will be on hand to greet everyone and get the ballpoints rolling! I’m sure Ray will have some great sketchbooks to see – ask him about his new book “Carnets de la Gaspésie“. Available now on Amazon.


44th World Wide Sketchcrawl July 12th

July 3, 2014

World Wide Sketchcrawl is an event much like our USK:MTL Sunday Sketching, but going on all around the world on the same day. Every major city from Abu Dhabi to Zagreb is drawing together on July 12th. Click the Sketchcrawl globe to find out more. Here in Montreal we will meet at 10am at the Café des Arts  in Marche Bonsecours in the Old Port. (350 Rue Saint Paul Est, Montréal, Québec, H2Y1H2). We will start at 10, then meet back at the Cafe at 1pm for lunch (if you like) and again at 4pm to see everyone’s sketchbooks. I’ll be there to draw with the group – hope to see some of you on the 12th! ~marc

Announcing a new book from Marc Taro Holmes and North Light Books: “The Urban Sketcher: Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location”

June 24, 2014


I’ve been holding in this announcement for months now! I’ve been well nigh bursting with not being able to talk about it.

Finally I can tell you guys about “The Urban Sketcher: Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location”.  My up coming how-to art-instructional  ‘workshop in a book’. It’s a hands on course condensing everything I’ve learned about urban sketching and drawing on location. It’s coming out in October from North Light Books, and is already available on Amazon for pre-order.

In the next few weeks I’ll have more news, some free tutorials to expand on the book content, and possibly some details about a book-related online workshop. (Possibly! If there’s enough interest :)

I want to say thanks very much for following my blog all this time. This book would not have been possible without all of your interest and involvement.

Click here to hop over to my new BOOKS page for a few teaser images and more details!




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