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Sunday Sketching at the Museum: November 23

November 13, 2014

We’ve spent many great Sundays at the Musée des Beaux Arts — it’s one of our favourite winter meeting spots — so come along to the Museum on November 23. We’ll meet in the lobby at 10 am, join up again in the café for a lunch break at 12:30 and in between there’s lots to sketch. New this year: an $8 fee for entrance to the permanent collections (and $20 to see the major exhibition). Looking forward to seeing you there.


Webinar about The Urban Sketcher

November 15, 2014

I’ve just done an online lecture for my publishers video network ( They’ve posted a recording of the webinar. [HERE] If you’re curious what’s in my book The Urban Sketcher, you can listen to me talk (while you see my powerpoint slides). I do a walk though of all the concepts in the book. It is, I will fully admit, a sales pitch – but I’ve tried to be entertaining. Have a listen!




Speaking about Urban Sketching at the Westmount Library Nov 4, 7pm

October 31, 2014


Sunday Sketching Oct 26 : Plateau / Mount Royal Street

October 12, 2014


SUNDAY SKETCHING: Plateau / Mount Royal Street

We’ll meet at the Mount Royal Metro station at 10am, and spread out to wander the neighborhood and sketch.

There are interesting buildings up and down Mount Royal and St. Denis – very typical of Montreal’s unique style. It’s a short walk to Blvd. St. Joseph or St. Laurent (plenty of subjects on these streets). You might consider taking the diagonal up Gilford Street for some interesting views. And only a short hike to the Park on Parc.

If the weather is poor, there are lots of small shops to pop in and out of to warm up, or maybe get a small interior sketch.

  • Starting Point: 10 am Mount Royal Metro
  • Show and Tell Breaks: I’m going to suggest Fameaux (4500 Rue Saint-Denis) because it’s cheap, and always has space for us. I know it’s not fancy or cultural, but hey, it’s just about us and the drawings.
        • Lunch: 12:30 pm
        • Ending Meetup: 3:30 pm

Pics from sketching Atwater

October 3, 2014

Hey everyone, here’s Laurel’s pics from last weekend! You all look great :)

The scarlet and the orange

September 28, 2014

It was a perfect fall day in every way — warm and sunny, no wind, and a great turnout (lots of new faces too) to the Urban Sketchers Sunday outing at the Atwater Market. Lots of us sketched the pumpkins — it was hard not too since they screamed to be painted. I chose this competing display, the Rouge Vif d’Étampes on one side and the big old jack o’ lanterns on the other.


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.




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