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,