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USK MTL in La Presse!

November 12, 2016


If you download today’s issue of La Presse (Sat Nov. 12) available for free on the Apple App Store, you’ll find a terrific feature in the Voyage section all about Urban Sketchers Montreal.

I believe issues of the paper stay in the app for a week, so you’ll have to check it out soon to read the article. (French language).



The app allows for some neat interactivity, including a pop-up drawing showing before and after versions of one of my sketches and the ‘real world’  – as well as a fun section on supplies, where you can click on various tools and see explanations.



The article expands on the world-wide urban sketching phenomena, featuring a gallery of some of the top sketching cities in the world. (Seattle, Singapore, New York, Berlin, Hong Kong and Paris). Have a look if you know anyone in those towns – they might have a sketch in our paper!


Sunday Sketching: Nov 27 Square Phillips

November 11, 2016


Online Map / Printable Map

  • 10 AM START: Meet in Phillips Square, Below this monument. Rue Saint-Catherine O, between Ave Union and Rue Place Phillips.
  • Spread out and go sketching!
  • If it ends up being a cold day, we will have to be clever – I sketched on a cold February day from the windows of La Baye across the street.
  • We could break into small groups to sketch portraits in a cafe, even ride the metro! Also there are church interiors nearby, or many viewpoints from shop windows.
  • 3 PM END: MEET AT the 4th floor cafe in the Hudson’s Bay, right across the street.
  • Please note the map above listing locations of historical interest.
  • Next summer we will open the call-for-entry to the Montreal Monument Exhibition in honor of the 375 Anniversary. You might want to get something ready to submit! ~m


Sunday Sketching: Change of venue for October 23!

October 21, 2016

Due to a dismal forecast of rain, wind and cold weather we will move to an indoor location: La Grande Bibliothèque. There are plenty of places to draw, an onsite café, and if the weather gets better we can move outside.

On October 23 we will meet at the main entrance of La Grande Bibliothèque when the library opens at 10 am (475, boulevard De Maisonneuve Est). This a grand place for drawing spaces, people, views from the windows, etc. Drawing is permitted inside the library. At noon we can go to the café for lunch and then sketch some more in the library. At 3 pm we’ll meet back at the main entrance, find a coffee shop and have a review of sketches.


Sunday Sketching: Oct 23: Square St. Louis

October 2, 2016


Online Map / Printable Map

  • 10 AM START: Meet in Square St. Louis by the fountain.
  • Go sketching!
  • In the event of rain, there are many nearby shops and cafes – we could break into small groups to find spots to sketch portraits, interiors, or views out the window.
  • 3PM END: Return to the Square St. Louis fountain to see what everyone has drawn.
  • If anyone wants to stay later, perhaps we can wind up at one of the nearby cafes for an after-party.
  • Please note the map below listing locations of historical interest! Next summer we will open the call-for-entry to the Montreal Monument Exhibition in honor of the 375 Anniversary. You might want to get something ready to submit! ~m



Sunday Sketching: Sept 25: Montreal Monument Sketch Walk: Place Jacques Cartier / Old Port

September 5, 2016


Online Map / Printable Map

  • 10 AM START: Meet in Place Jacques Cartier under the statue.
  • Go sketching!
  • In the event of rain, there are many nearby shops. There is also the Chateau Ramezay (though it is not very spacious) and the public spaces in City Hall. (Where you will also find public washrooms). Please note, the nearby Montreal Science Center is currently closed due to labor action.
  • 3PM END: Return to the Jacques Cartier statue to see what everyone has drawn!
  • If anyone wants to stay later, perhaps we can wind up at one of the nearby cafés.

Map_MTL Monument Walk_03_Place Jacques Cartier


Sunday Sketching: Aug 28: Pointe-â-Callière 18th Century New France Market

August 6, 2016


This Sunday August 28, It’s time again the Pointe-â-Callière 18th Century New France Market. A great opportunity to sketch people in costume in the Old Port of Montreal.

The event starts at 10am and is easily found right in front of the Pointe-â-Callière Museum. See you there with your sketchbooks!



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 -)))