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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.

Map_MTL Monument Walk_01_Place du Canada

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!


Save this date :: July 10 juillet :: Inscrivez cette date

April 10, 2016

We are hoping for a warm summer so that we can enjoy sketching the great outdoors of Montreal. On Sunday July 10th the Urban Sketchers Montreal has 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! More details to follow soon.

Nous espérons avoir un bel été chaud afin que nous puissions dessiner/peindre les grands espaces de Montréal. Le dimanche 10 juillet 2016, les Urban Sketchers de Montréal ont été invités à participer à un Picnic Vernissage au Centre culturel Stewart Hall de Pointe-Claire. Stewart Hall est une demeure historique sur un lieu culturel unique 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! Plus de détails à suivre bientôt. 


Saturday, March 26: sketching at Nôtre-Dame-de-bon-secours

March 6, 2016

Please note: because of Easter Sunday, our March sketching outing will be on SATURDAY, March 26!

Location: Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-bon-secours
400 Rue Saint Paul E, Montréal, QC H2Y 1H4

Start time: 11 am when the church opens its doors (main entrance is on rue Saint Paul.
Lunch: 1 pm to 2 pm (there are plenty of restaurants along rue Saint Paul or on Place Jacques Cartier)
End time: before 4 pm when there is a mass at the chapel.

Many thanks to Monique — one of our Sunday sketchers— who has arranged for us to sketch in this very old and very beautiful chapel in the heart of Old Montreal. The kind folks at the church who have given us permission to sketch in the chapel ask us to respect the following rules:
• No eating in the chapel, but water bottles are permitted
• Photography is permitted in the chapel, but no flash
• No easels or chairs are permitted in the aisles of the chapel, but we are welcome to sit in the church pews.
• Please respect the start time of 11 am and the end time of 4 pm

See you all in a few weeks!





Sunday sketching on Feb. 28: La Grande Bibliotheque

February 14, 2016

This will be a new venue for us! It’s hard to find places in the winter for our growing group.

On February 28th 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 out in the neighbourhood for lunch and then sketch some more in the library. At 3:30. pm we’ll meet back at the main entrance, find a coffee shop and have a review of sketches.


Painting & Eating ::: Peinture & bouffe

January 24, 2016

You little dumpling…
So fluffy and endearing, floating on that sea of brown,
appearing as a bloated whale.
I won’t be interfering with your buoyancy.
Won’t even be peering into the pan.
I’m waiting for the moment when you, dumpling, are dumped upon my plate,
plumped by the gravy and surrounded by meat
for me to eat. — Francesca Johnson

It was nice painting again with the Montreal Urban Sketchers today as I had not joined them for a very long time. We met at the Restaurant Kim Fung in Chinatown and I sat with people that I had never met, had a terrific brunch with all kinds of exciting dumplings and some that were very  mysterious looking and then came back home to prepare for my classes for the week. As always, when I start sketching with a big group of people I am overly excited and dip into too many colours and sometimes my paints get muddied… but no matter, it was fun. For those of you who have never eaten at this place, it is really worth a visit.

Comme toujours c’était super plaisant de peindre aujourd’hui avec les Urban Sketchers de Montréal. Nous nous sommes retrouvés au moins 20 personnes pour manger et peindre en même temps au Restaurant Kim Fung dans le Chinatown de Montréal. C’est tout un de ces défit, je peux vous le dire. Si vous aimeriez vous joindre à nous, nous nous rencontrons à chaque 4e dimanche du mois et l’endroit est indiqué sur le site.

Paper: Travelogue Series
Watercolours:Aureolin Yellow, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson & Cobalt Blue
Fountain pen: Pilot Prera F
Ink: Noodlers Lexington Grey
Location: Restaurant Kim Fung — 1111, rue St-Urbain, Montreal, QC, Canada


Sunday sketching in January: Chinatown

January 10, 2016

It’s almost Chinese New Year so let’s meet for our annual Dim Sum Lunch on January 24, at Restaurant Kim Fung (used to be called Kam Fung) in Chinatown. We can eat and sketch food and portraits, or if it’s nice, we can  sketch street life and bounce around shops on De la Gauchetière.

We usually split the check evenly, and it ends up not too expensive. If you want to opt out of the meal just let us know on the day. You can come well fed and draw everyone else with their mouth full. Vegans and people with Gluen/food allergies – Dimsum is probably not great for you. We can try for non-sauced veggies? Perhaps come equipped with some research on alternate Chinese food?

  • Meetup 10am, Resto Kim Fung
  • There are no reservations, we will arrive on time and try for a big table. In past years we have had to take two tables.
  • 1111 Rue Saint-Urbain M05, Montréal, QC H2Z 1Y6
  • After Party: 3pm: Corner of  St. Urban and De la Gauchetière, and we can find the most nearby tea shop/bakery that can seat us.




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