Wednesday, December 22, 2010

January 8th sketchcrawl details


For more info: visit

There is an admission fee for this particular crawl… but trust us, it’s worth it!

Newly Restored Lamberton Conservatory
Conservatory Admission: Youth (0-5) Free, Adult (19-61) $3.00, Youth (6-18) / Seniors (62 and up) $2.00. The Conservatory is open 7 days a week, 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. except Christmas Day.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Saturday December 11,2010

Hey out there,

It's time for another Rochester sketchcrawl (well sort of). Saturday December 11th the Memorial Art Gallery is hosting a Drawing Mob. Similar to the event held a few months back at ROCO.

So bring your friends and your art supplies to the Vanden Brul Pavilion
and let's sketch. I am told we will also get the opporunity to sketch in the gallery!!! To sketch in the gallery we are going old school.... pencils only to protect the goods.

Hope to see you all there!!


Participatory Drawing Mob
at the Memorial Art Gallery Vanden Brul Pavilion
Saturday, December 11, 2010
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Like to draw? Bring along a sketchbook and pencil and enjoy the camaraderie. We won’t offer instruction at this event,
but feel free to stay on for the Creative Workshop Open House, where you can meet our teachers and learn about our winter classes. Free admission.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Photos from Friday night

Hello out there,
As Rachael said Friday night was great!!! I found a few photos where you can see Mike, Chris , Rachael, Vicki and I enjoying the show.

Hope to see you Saturday!!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Friday night at ROCO rocked and now on to the park SATURDAY AUG 14

Hey there fellow sketchers,

We had a fabulous time on Friday Aug 6th at ROCO. I'm planning on scanning or somehow finding a way to post a picture or two but maybe anyone who took some can email me or Genine...

Anyway, in the meantime, we are SKETCHCRAWLING again! Saturday August 14th is an International Sketchcrawl date (I think #30 but I could be wrong) we will meet at the Canoe Launch/Boat house part of Genessee Valley Park at 10 am. The park is a really neat, complex mix of riverside park-i-ness and should provide ample spots to draw. There's a map of the park here ( ) and we'll have some spare materials for the absolute newbies...but plan on bringing a sketchbook and a friend (oh and sunscreen, waterbottle, etc.).

We'll meet rain or shine and then plot a rain location if indeed it is super wet...

See ya then!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Friday August 6th

Please join us Friday August 6th at ROCO for:

State of the City-Opening Reception:Aug 6,2010 6-10pm

Public Participatory Drawing/ Sketch Crawl: Aug 6, 4 - 10pm Contribute to the exhibition and share your vision

State of the City is a group exhibition featuring Trevor Flynn, Amy Casey and Spectres of Liberty. State of the City 2010 engages artists, creative professionals and the public in considering the history and envisioning the future of upstate cities.

Trevor FlynnBritish artist / educator Trevor Flynn is known as a proponent and instigator of drawing and idea generation within the creative industries and education. His ideas have been honed through participation in London's Big Draw, his own Sketchmob UK, and his teaching through Drawing at Work. Flynn will give a public lecture (June 17th at Memorial Art Gallery) and lead several workshops. Community drawings and sketch models resulting from these workshops will be exhibited as part of State of the City. 20 Fresh Perceptions: Uncommon Sense and the Visual Imagination traces the process of successful designers, engineers, architects and artists, in a creative cycle of imaginative observation, transformation, and application of new ideas. The talk richly illustrates creative processes used to visualize forms that do not already exist.

Public Participatory Drawing/ Sketch Crawl
Friday August 6, 2010 main location/ meet-up location RoCo, 4pm - 10pm. Bring your own sketchbook if you have one, something to draw with, or use provided materials. Contribute to the State of the City Exhibition and participate in drawing as a way to think about community, architecture and urban issues. As part of the crawl, go to Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince St.) where artist Karen Brummund will be installing a drawing to scale on the fa├žade of their historic building. Unique sketch paper will be provided to sketchcrawlers on-site as part of the exhibition at VSW. Participants will be encouraged (but not required) to add their drawings to the State of the City Exhibition. You do not have to be an experienced artist to contribute.

Amy Casey
Casey's paintings "document [her] love of both the urban landscape, and small twisted creatures." Casey's small detailed paintings present fantastical and impossible urban landscapes. These intriguing and scary rust belt zones residential and industrial structures take on personality, muster their collective humanity and seem to be fighting for their own life. From what? Though optimism and playfulness can be found, it all seems to be teetering on the brink. It is no surprise that Casey's work is "inspired by natural and unnatural disasters, personal fiascoes and the never ending stream of bad news coming in from the media..."

Spectres of LibertySpectres of Liberty is an on-going public, hybrid media project by Dara Greenwald, Josh MacPhee, and Olivia Robinson in collaboration with Art School in the Art School (Joanna Spitzner). Their practice combines expanded cinema, relational aesthetics, situated and community practices, as well as media such as digital animation, video, inflatable sculpture, web, text, and print. Spectres of Liberty considers the history of the movement to abolish slavery in the United States and the presence of this history in Upstate NY today. Spectres of Liberty will present sculpture and documentation from their recent works in Troy, NY and Syracuse, NY.

We hope to see you there!!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sketchcrawl on June 26th Postponed

Sorry for the late notice but we need to post pone the upcoming sketchcrawl. (this doesnt mean you shouldn't sketch though :)... get those drawing materials out anyway and let us know what you've sketched.)

We will have the new and very exciting details of the rescheduled crawl posted very shortly.

Thanks and happy sketching


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Trevor Flynn at the Memorial Art Gallery

Check this out!! I know I am going to go...

Drawing with Trevor Flynn
Thursday June 17, at 7 pm / free to MAG and rochester contemporary members

"20 Fresh Perceptions: uncommon Sense and the Visual Imagination." British artist trevor Flynn leads a lively discussion based on his work and study of innovators as they generate and develop ideas. Flynn is a major instigator of drawing and idea generation within the creative industries and education. His ideas have been honed through participation in england’s Big Draw, his own Sketchmob uK, and courses his company (Drawing at Work ) develops for architects and engineers. Flynn’s talk traces the process of successful designers, engineers, architects and artists, in a creative cycle of imaginative observation, transformation, and application of new ideas in artifacts and products. the talk richly illustrates creative processes used to visualize forms that do not already exist.
Sponsored by the Cecile Bauer Kluge Creative Workshop Endowment Fund and presented in collaboration with the Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) State of the City 2010 Exhibition (August 6–September 19).

Friday, June 18, 9 am–noon Or Saturday, June 19, 1–4 pm Fee: $35 (non-member), $30 (MAG or roco member)

"Drawing with trevor Flynn: Provoking New Ideas." In conjunction with the creative Workshop, trevor Flynn will offer two three-hour drawing classes at the Memorial Art Gallery. classes are limited to 15 students and will include instruction in using drawing to explore and innovate— regardless of starting skill. these one-time classes offer a unique way to begin or continue drawing in a meaningful, personal way with guidance from a truly unique perspective. Students can expect to draw new things in a new way.
Call 276-8959 for more information or to register.

500 University Ave., rochester, ny 14607 cAll 585.276.8959 for A free cAtAlog or visit
rOcHeSter cONteMPOrAry Art ceNter
WWW.rOcHeStercONteMPOrAry.OrG mAg.rochester.edU/creAtiveworkshop

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Meet up

Saturday April 10th at 1:00 pm
En Plein air drawing at Mt. Hope Cemetery
We will meet at the north entrance, at gazebo & hike from there to scenic vistas! If raining we will meet at Highland Park Conservatory instead ($3.00 admission into conservatory)

Monday April 12th at 6;30 pm
Lux Lounge 666 South Ave Rochester, NY 14602 (585) 232-9030
They provide the scissors & glue (plus $1.00 off drafts)...I'll provide the glitter & glow tape.
Our sketchbooks have the possibility of looking rather festive, before the night is through
How to find us: "Look for people with sketchbooks

Saturday April 17th at 11:00 am

Rochester Public Market in Rochester, NY, 14623
We'll be meeting at Boulder Coffee, adjacent to Public Market & venturing out from there. Probably good to bring a chair. In case of rain, we'll just stay put inside Boulder.

Monday, March 29, 2010

March 27th Crawl

This past Saturday we had a sketchchcrawl. It started inside the library but with the sun shining we took to the streets. Walked over to St. Mary's and Washington Square park. Which has a statue of Lincoln...huh....who knew?!? There were 5 sketchers and one photograhper. Not a bad turn out for March. Hoping to have some of the other sketchers sketches posted soon.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Woo hoo, another sketching group in Rochester!!

So there's a great group out there called "The Roving Sketchers". The idea behind that group is much the same as sketchcrawl. People gather to draw together. The difference is that the each "meet-up" is at a single location. They usually last around 2-3 hours but can go on as long as you can.

Jennifer has created a great group through Meet-Up check out their page. It is so organized and there's around 4 gatherings a month.

Here are the next few. If you get a chance sign up on their site for the latest information. Below are the locations of the upcoming evenets.

Mar 24th Wednesday

7:00 PM
Sketching at Open Mic Jam Boulder Coffee/South Wedge

Come sketch local musicians/poets/comedians (FREE!) Open Mic night...funky atmosphere w/ interesting lighting.
Hosted by Jennifer

Apr 3rd Sat

1:30 PM
Mt. Hope Cemetery, Roving Sketchbooks

When you drive in the north entrance, park anywhere near the old chapel. We will be drawing under the GaZebo, so walk on over (it's adjacent to chapel). We may wander to other areas, weather permittin... Read more
Hosted by Jennifer

Apr 12th Monday
6:30 PM
Sketching / Arts & Crafts Night at Lux

Lux Lounge in Rochester, NY,
They provide the scissors & glue (plus $1.00 off drafts)...I'll provide the glitter & glow tape. Our sketchbooks have the possibility of looking rather festive, before the night is through....
Hosted by Jennifer

Sunday, March 7, 2010

March 27th Rundel library

Photographer Will Yurman does a great feature for the Democrat & Chronicle where he makes a panorama photo of a Rochester landmark. Turns out he has one for the Rundel Library.

Rochester has a gorgeous old library downtown (right across the street from it's more modern expansion) and it strikes us as a great place to begin a sketchcrawl. So on Saturday March 27 at 2pm we'll meet at the entrance of the Rundel Library, sketchbooks & pencils in hand, library cards in pockets and the joy of new stuff to draw. Usually, also, old libraries have hushed silences, people, mysteries and fantastic structures...

Also, turns out you can check out art when you're at the library. Who knew?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Sketch-what? Sketch-where?


We are excited. For the past two years, we have gathered a small group of like-minded creative troublemakers together a couple of times a year to take part in Sketchcrawls (more on that in a minute) here in Rochester, NY. Each time, we found that the scribbles in our sketchbooks are better on those days of collective drawing. We discovered friendships and amazing corners of this city and we spent relatively little money doing all of that.

So, what's a Sketchcrawl?

Let me begin by explaining that the name and project is essentially borrowed. Enrico Casarosa, an artist & illustrator in San Francisco came up with the concept and has been firing people up about the idea and bringing it international. We too gather groups of people for intensive and fun drawing mini-marathons (about 3 to 6 hours is normal). We simply tell folks where we will start and where we might go next and then show up armed with our sketchbooks and materials (here's what Enrico brings) and begin.

So, what are we doing and why?

We plan to gather a little more in 2010, and maybe a little little more in 2011. Genine says she wants to get all of Rochester drawing, I say that sounds a bit too much like my day-job. We really have loved meeting everyone that came to a sketchcrawl (from Christian who lives closer to DC but showed up at the Lamberton Conservatory on January 2 of this year) to Karen who came all the way from Sweden to draw with us. OK she came for other reasons but happily wandered around the city laughing and drawing with us.

We'll soon post the dates for sketchcrawls this year and the starting locations. As well as pictures from our sketchbooks and any and all thoughts, ideas and whatnots that might inspire you to draw as well.

Above is a random page from my sketchbook from an April 2009 sketchcrawl at Highland Cemetary. If you've joined us for a sketchbook, now's the time to share your drawings...

And now's the time to go draw,