SKiP <3's Urban Sketching

SKiP loves and supports local sketching groups of all kinds. Whether it is some sketchy life drawing, or even more casually guided “Draw by Night” events, Vancouver has an ample selection. This coming Saturday, the Vancouver Chapter of the Urban Sketchers Group is hosting one of its regular and FREE meetups called “Art in the City“.  Come check them out!

Art in the City is an annual fine art market in the West End Community Centre. It runs for one weekend in May.

This year the event is welcoming Vancouver Urban Sketchers to the auditorium schedule of activities. Members of the public can join us, and we can offer a few tips if we’d like to get them going and encourage new participation. How might you explain what urban sketching is to a perfect stranger? Expect some friendly show-and-tell conversations.

No set goals except to have some fun!

Posted by Don McNulty at 5:51 PM Monday, January 23, 2017

Urban Sketching is tied directly to the practice of our Keynote Dr. Andrew Causey this year.

The average person reads and interprets thousands of images per day–not surprisingly doing most of it with little more than a glance. According to Dr. Andrew Causey, the cost of this massive amount of processing is that we end up missing the deep content and context of the surfaces  around us.

At the 2nd Annual 2017 Sketching In Practice Conference, Causey will share insights from his recently published book, Drawn to See: Drawing as an Ethnographic Method, on how line drawing can be used to build a more attentive, and deeper form of perception.

Also check out our call for proposals, open to May 15!


SKiP Proposal Extension to May 15 2017!

SKiP call for proposals has been extended to May 15 2017! We have space for a few more presenters! Preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate how sketching in diverse practices such as education, dance, design, visual art, anthropology, imaginary architecture, geography, literature, graphic recording, documentary film making, amongst others use sketching to communicate information and/or knowing that is unobtainable through other means. We encourage proposals that involve communities, address political or social issues, cross boundaries, form disruptions, and communicate that which needs to be said.

Kara Sievewright  is part of the Graphic History Collective, meet her at SKiP this year.  Image from

Deadline for proposals is May 15 2017!


SKiP proposal deadline May 01! Coming up soon!

Dr. Nick Sousanis, our keynote from last year, working with a group during one of our many fantastic sessions.

Hello everyone,

Deadline is almost here! Be sure to get your proposals in by Monday midnight.   Remember last year? Sessions were hands on, with lots of drawing, sharing, ways of working and an incredible community vibe.  Once again we will be in the beautiful World Art Centre  at SFU’s downtown Vancouver campus. Registration will be opening on May 15 2017. Hope to see you there!

Joshua Korenblat, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the State University of New York at New Paltz, presenting his session Drawing for Information Design.