In honor of the Chinese New Year celebration, launching the Year of the Rooster at the end of the month, let’s go sketch From the Lands of Asia!
- 11AM START: Meet at the Pointe-à-Callière Museum in the main lobby. I have guest passes for the first 12 people. We ask that if you have a musuem membership, or don’t mind paying admission or splitting with someone, let’s do that. But – also they are running a Sub Zero Discount in Jan/Feb – regular admission is 1% off for every degree below zero C! Isn’t that funny? Also you can bring your Access Montreal card for a guaranteed 20% off in any weather.
- Please note: No liquid or paint in the exhibition – only drawing tools please. The museum also asks us to silence cell phones.
- Policy on handbags: “Visitors are free to stroll through the Museum and the exhibition rooms with a medium-sized handbag. All backpacks, umbrellas, and other cumbersome objects must be left in the coatroom”. (Free hangers/ $1 Mini Lockers). There are a small number of stools available inside the exhibit. (I think only 2 per floor).
- 3PM END: Let’s meet in the Saputo Lunch Room to show what we have drawn. Please note, there is not food or drink for purchase on site, it is just tables and space for free. You will find the lunch room in the Ancienne-Douane Buiilding – accessible from the lower level tunnel, or by crossing the street to the new building. There are some big tables where we can meet, and maybe do some final touches to our drawings. You are welcome to meet at 3pm even if you do not have an admission to the museum. The lunch room, the gift shop, and the tower observation deck and restaurant are all open to the public without paying admission.
We’ve already been to the show and can say there are many great things to sketch from China, Japan and other parts of Asia.
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!
- 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
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.
- 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
- 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.