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Sunday Sketching, Stewart Hall in Pointe-Claire on July 10th

June 27, 2016


On Sunday July 10th the Montreal Urban Sketchers  have been invited to a Picnic Vernissage Day at Stewart Hall’s Cultural Centre in Pointe-Claire. Stewart Hall is situated in a gorgeous historic mansion and is a unique cultural venue located on the bank of Lake Saint-Louis. Everyone is invited to sketch with us on that day starting at 10:00 am. It is an absolutely stunning spot to sketch, in all seasons! To note that this date replaces the fourth Sunday for the month of July.

• 10:00 am START: on the lawn at the right side of the main entrance.

• 2:00 pm INVITATION: The vernissage of the exhibition Suspended Time – Caroline Cloutier & Joëlle Morosoli will take place on the 3rd floor, in the Art Gallery. Everybody is invited to go upstairs at 2 p.m.

• 3:00 pm END: we will gather on the patio facing the lake to share our drawings.

• There will be two very impressive performances on the stage that day as well, (at noon and at 3 pm), it could be an interesting thing to draw as well!

• In the event of rain, there is a room on the first floor that has been reserved for us; we will still have a nice view over the lake and everything; (but let’s cross our fingers that it won’t rain!)

• Directions Stewart Hall on Google Maps: LINK

Hope to see you there -)))


Le dimanche 10 juillet 2016, les Urban Sketchers de Montréal sont invités à participer à un pique-nique Vernissage au Centre culturel Stewart Hall de Pointe-Claire. Stewart Hall est une demeure historique sur un lieu enchanteur situé aux abords du Lac Saint-Louis. Tout le monde est invité à esquisser avec nous ce jour-là à partir de 10h00. Un endroit absolument magnifique pour faire des croquis, en toutes saisons!  À noter que cette journée remplace le quatrième dimanche du mois de juillet.

• 10h00 DÉBUT: on se rencontre à droite de l’entrée principale sur le parterre.

• 14h00 INVITATION: Le vernissage de l’exposition Les temps suspendus – Caroline Cloutier and Joëlle Morosoli se tiendra au 3e étage, dans la galerie d’art. Tout le monde est invité.

• 15h00 FIN: nous nous rencontrerons sur le patio face au lac St-Louis pour partager nos croquis/dessins/peintures et voir ce que les autres ont croqué.

• Pendant cette journée il va y avoir deux performances, une à midi et l’autre à 15h00 qui pourraient être fort intéressantes à peindre aussi.

• Dans l’éventualité de pluie, il y a une pièce qui nous a été réservée face au lac au rez-de-chaussée.

• Directions Stewart Hall sur Google Maps: LINK

En espérant vous voir -)))

Sunday Sketching June 26 : Botanical Garden

June 18, 2016


Urban Sketchers Fourth Sunday Sketching June 26:

  • 10 AM START: at the entrance to the Botanical Garden (by the kiosk where you pay admission – remember the outdoor spaces are free with Access Montreal card).
  • Go sketching together!
  • 3 PM END: at the Botanical Garden restaurant (south western corner) to share your drawings and see the others have sketched!
  • In the event of rain, I suggest the nearby Chateau Dufresne. They are very welcoming of sketchers (though some spaces are a bit small – have to spread out in the house). Still, a great sketching spot on a rainy day.
  • There is also the Insectarium and the greenhouses on site at the botanical.
  • For those interested /planning ahead for the proposed Montreal Monument exhibition: here is a map of nearby historic monuments.


Sketching Chapeau Mont Royal

June 19, 2016

MHolmes_Chapeau Montreal (1)Last week some of our Urban Sketchers Montreal were out drawing the beautiful people of Montreal!

Our friends at Les Amis de la Montagne graciously invited us to Chapeau Mont Royal 2016, a fundraising event for Mount Royal park.


We thought it would be a nice touch to draw at the party. A little different from the always glamorous work of the photographers. Let’s add a personal touch with some sketching on location!

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The ladies of Montreal put on a great show. We had a terrific line up of extravagant hats. A riot of color and shapes for us to sketch.

Special thanks to Nathalie Zinger and Elissa Baltzer for coming out to sketch. It was a great opportunity, I hope we’ll be back next year!

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Drawing Opportunity! Sat June 18th: The Mixed Art Festival at the Pointe-à-Callière

May 20, 2016

June 18th, from 1 pm to 5 pm at the Place Royale, just outside the Pointe-à-Callière, all sketchers in Montreal have been invited to come out and draw at the fourth Mixed Art Festival – a celebration of native American music, dance and arts

Mixed Arts FestivalFrom the Pointe’s website:

Mixed Art Festival
The Museum will be hosting activities as part of the 4th Mixed Art Festival: music and dance performances on Place Royale, interspersed with Amerindian drum-making demonstrations under a tent set up by the Museum. Saturday and Sunday, June 18, from 1 pm to 5 pm.
Update: Here’s an excellent sketch by Nathalie Zinger  of a Throat Singing performance. We had a decent turnout of 10 or 12 sketchers – and a great day for it. See you guys next time! ~m

Sunday Sketching May 22 : Draw me a Mountain!

May 4, 2016

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It is time again for the Mois du Mont-Royal / Month of the Mountain! For the second year we will meet on the 4th Sunday in May to sketch and paint in Mount Royal Park.

  • Sunday May 22d:
  • Meet at the Smith House / Maison Smith in Mount Royal Park at 10 AM
  • Go sketching together!
  • Return to the Smith House at 3 PM for an impromptu exhibition in the upstairs gallery of everything we drew that day. Everyone is invited to show their work.
    There will be tables and some wall space to display artwork.

There also will be free art supplies available on loan from les amis de la montagne. Just look for our USK:MTL volunteers at the Smith House, the Belvedere and Beaver Lake to pick up a sketching kit. This might be a great day to come out with the kids and have them draw along.

Full Details below – feel free to share the info with friends and family!

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(Click Here For Banner in English)


Sunday Sketching! April 24th: Place du Canada

April 16, 2016


Sunday Sketching on April 24th will be the first in our Montreal Monument Sketch Walks!

Join us at Place du Canada for our open sketching day. And maybe you’ll get some drawings of nearby national heritage sites for entry into the upcoming exhibition in 2017.

  • Meet at 10 AM: Meet in the center of Place du Canada, join up with sketchers and head out to draw!
  • Gather for show-and-tell at 3 PM: Return to Place du Canada to share sketches with everyone. You don’t *have* to show your sketches – but this is the fun part of the day – seeing what everyone did together.
  • You might want to print the map below, or check out our google map for all suggested Montreal Monument sketching points of interest.

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Announcing: Montreal Monument

April 16, 2016


Montreal Monument: Showing Montreal, one drawing at a time

Urban Sketchers Montreal, in partnership with Heritage Montreal, is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition planned for 2017 in honour of the 375th Anniversary of the city of Montreal.

For 4 years USK:MTL has met regularly to sketch together. We draw in the streets, parks, and public spaces of Montreal.

For the rest of 2016, and until the future call for entry, we invite any artists, either residents or visitors to Montreal, to join us for our free sketching events.

Each 4th Sunday, we will gather at a different historic site to draw on location. A list of 2016 drawing meetups is available on the Sunday Sketching page here.

Artists of all skill levels are invited to bring their pen, paper, and art supplies and gather to draw together!

We are working with our partners to provide an exhibition space for 2017, and will make an announcement with a call for entry later in the year. We will be seeking works created on location in Montreal, either during our drawing events, or you are welcome to sketch the city at your own pace and choose your own locations.

The theme of the upcoming exhibit “Montreal Monument” is the history of the city in all its diversity – our city’s public monuments, historic buildings, everyday architecture, as well as our parks and natural preserves.


We invite all residents and visitors to Montreal to go out and draw Montreal!

For the upcoming exhibition, we will use the following rules:

  • Support: Paper
  • Format: 16 x 20 inches maximum
  • Medium: Ink, graphite, charcoal, watercolor, mixed drawing media
  • Project scope does not include: photography, acrylic, oil, sculpture

Following in the wonderful tradition of Urban Sketchers, all artwork must be created on location (not from reference photos). To find out more, please read the Urban Sketchers manifesto on our About page.

Stay tuned to for more details to come!


Montreal Monument: Montrer Montréal, un dessin à la fois

Urban Sketchers Montreal, en partenariat avec Héritage Montréal, a le plaisir d’annoncer une exposition à venir en 2017, en l’honneur du 375e anniversaire de la ville de Montréal.

Depuis quatre ans, grâce à USK:MTL, nous nous sommes rencontrés régulièrement pour dessiner ensemble. Nous avons dessiné dans les rues, dans les parcs, dans les espaces publics de Montréal.

Dorénavant, pour ces prochains mois de l’année 2016 et ensuite, nous invitons tous les artistes, résidents et visiteurs de Montréal, à nous rejoindre lors de nos rencontres de dessin (libres et gratuites, ne l’oublions pas!).

Chaque 4e dimanche du mois, nous proposerons de se retrouver sur un site historique chaque fois différent et dessinerons in situ. Une liste complète de nos rendez-vous est disponible ICI.

Les artistes de tous niveaux sont invités, avec leurs crayons, leurs papiers, leurs matériaux d’artiste, pour dessiner tous ensemble!

Pour l’heure, nous nous employons avec nos partenaires à déterminer un espace approprié pour une exposition en 2017, et, à la suite, nous adresserons à tous un appel spécifique plus tard cette année. Nous retiendrons des œuvres faites sur le motif, produites pendant nos rencontres ou autrement. Chacun est tout à fait libre de dessiner Montréal où et quand cela lui convient.

Le thème retenu pour cette exposition Montreal Monument est l’histoire de la ville dans toute sa diversité: monuments publics, bâtiments historiques, architecture vernaculaire, aussi bien que parcs et espaces naturels.


Nous invitons tous les résidents et tous les visiteurs de Montréal à venir dessiner Montréal!

Pour réaliser ce projet, nous utiliserons les règles qui suivent:

  • Support: papier
  • Format: 16 x 20 pouces maximum
  • Médium: encre, graphite, fusain, médiums mixtes, aquarelle
  • Sont exclus photographie, acrylique, huile, sculpture

Suivant la belle tradition des Urban Sketchers, tout le travail de création doit être fait sur place (l’utilisation de la photographie n’est pas permise). Pour en savoir davantage, nous vous invitons à lire le manifeste des Urban Sketchers.

Des informations régulières seront versées sur le site tout au long de la réalisation du projet. C’est à surveiller!



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