Saturday, 17 December 2016

2017 Urban Sketchers Cambridge Sketchcrawls Venues and Schedule

  • Saturday 14th Jan - Library sketching organised by Sue
  • Saturday 11th Feb - Addenbrooke's hospital organised by Susan
  • Saturday 11th March - Grand Arcade organised by Sue
  • Saturday 8th April - Robinson College organised by Yasemin
  • Sunday 14th May - Station Roads Sketchcrawl organised by Susan
  • Saturday 3rd Jun - Strawberry Fair/festivals organised by Yasemin
  • Sunday 16th July - Grantchester sketching and picnic organised by Sue
  • Sunday 13th Aug - King's Parade organised by Yasemin
  • Sunday 10th Sep - Round Church TBC organised by Susan
  • 21st or 22th Oct - St John College TBC organised by Sue & Yasemin
  • Sunday 12th Nov - Fitzwilliam Museum organised by Susan
  • Sunday 10th Dec - Sketching at Waterstones bookshop organised by Yasemin

Monday, 15 August 2016

Mill Road Cemetery Sketchcrawl

Informal sketchcrawl at Mill Road Cemetery

  • 21st August (Sunday) 2016, 12pm
  • Meeting point: The Cambridge Blue Pub on Gwydir Street
Informal sketchcrawl at beautiful Mill Road Cemetery. We are meeting at 12pm at the entrance to the Cambridge Blue Pub on Gwydir Street
At 2pm we are meeting for a group photo, and then we have reserved tables in the pub for a sketchbooks swapping and a coffee.

Our event is free of charge. However we can help with restoration and repair of monuments donating to the Cemetery:

See you all very soon!

Everyone is invited!

Mill Road Cemetery:

Mill Road Cemetery Friends:

Mill Road Cemetery info:

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Sketching at the Botanic Gardens

Let we invite you for our upcoming sketchcrawl in the Cambridge Botanic Garden on Saturday, 13th of August 2016.

Meet at the main entrance to the Botanic Gardens in Bateman Street at 11.30. We will meet again at 2.00 in the cafe where a table will be reserved for us.

There is an admission charge for the Gardens.

Admission to the Botanic Garden is as follows:

Friends of CUBG: Free
on production of a valid Friends’ Membership Card

If you are a UK tax payer, please consider becoming a Gift Aid visitor

Gift Aid Adult: £5.50
Gift Aid Concession: £4.95
Concession: over 65s and students with a recognised identification card

Standard Adult: £5.00
Standard Concession: £4.50
Concession: over 65s and students with a recognised identification card

Children 0-16 inclusive: Free
must be accompanied by an adult at all times

Students at Cambridge University: Free
on production of a valid University Card

No admission charge is made for companions of disabled visitors without whose assistance the disabled visitor would be unable to gain access to the Garden.

Event on FB:
Sketching at the Botanic Gardens

Monday, 18 July 2016

How to join us

Everybody is welcome!

Everybody can (and actually should) join us.

You don't really have to join or register - you can just come to one of our events - sketchcrawls. Just bring your sketchbook, tools and a good mood.

Upcoming events

Upcoming events are always posted here on this blog, on our Facebook Group, on meetup - Cambridge Sketch Group, and on our Twitter @USK_Cambridge.

Free events - sketchcrawls

All our events are free - the only charge may be for the entrance, for example to a museum (but very rarely).

Join us!

However, you don't have to register, it is good to join our Facebook Group - we share our drawings there, we discuss, we do great challenges, we socialise.

So, hope to see you on our next event!

'We show the world, one drawing at a time.'

Monday, 11 July 2016

Sketching at Downing College

Sketching at Downing College

When? Sunday, 17th of July 2016, 11:30 - 14:00
Where? Downing College, Cambridge, Regent Street, CB2 1DQ Cambridge, United Kingdom

We'll meet at 11:15am in front of Downing College on Regent Street. After two and half hours sketching we'll meet back up at 2pm. After having our group photo we'll have cup of coffee at All Bar One where a table has been reserved for a chat and sharing ideas.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Sketching at Great St Mary's, May 21st

Our regular monthly sketchcrawl is on Saturday, May 21st, in a beautiful interior of Great St Mary's Church and around (Market Square, King's Parade). Also, we can have a few people up the tower at a time.
We will meet at the main entrance to the Church at 12:00. 
After sketchcrawl, at 2:20ish, we are meeting at a Cafe (probably Grads Cafe in the University Centre in Granta Place, will confirm) to swap sketchbooks and chat.
Bring your sketchbook and stool, and enjoy :)

You don't have to sign up or register. The event is free. 
You can join the Event Page on Facebook, so you could discuss, share your sketches and have a look what others draw:

Some photos of the place:

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

May Challenge

May Challenge

Dear Urban Sketchers!

Choose your weapon: pen, pencil, watercolour, ink... and sketch! Sketch all May: every day, every weekend, every Tuesday, or any time convenient for you. Share your drawings, enjoy

As it is an Urban Sketching group, please go by our Manifesto → :
  1. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
  2. Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
  3. Our drawings are a record of time and place.
  4. We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
  5. We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
  6. We support each other and draw together.
  7. We share our drawings online.
  8. We show the world, one drawing at a time.

Please share your sketches on the Facebook Event page:
Facebook Event Page (lots of our drawings here!) 
and/or on our Twitter Account:

Have fun :)

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Sketching in Pembroke College

This is the blog post for our next sketchcrawl at Pembroke College, Cambridge on April 23.

There are lots of buildings and gardens to sketch so hopefully the weather will be good!

We will meet in the entranceway to the College at 12.00 and sketch until 2.30, then we will meet up again near the entrance (see photo below) to take a group photo.

Meet in entrance at 12.00
Meet for group photo at 2.30
After our photo call we will meet at the Grads Cafe for hot drinks and sketchbook swapping. The cafe is on the top floor of the University Centre, there is a lift  if the stairs are too daunting. If there is not enough room for us in the Cafe we can buy our refreshments and take them down to the Dining Hall on the 2nd floor where there are big refectory type tables.
University Centre

University centre dining hall

Monday, 18 April 2016

1st Anniversary Exhibition

Museum of Cambridge

On Monday I went to the Museum of Cambridge with Yasemin Gyford to set up our 1st Anniversary Exhibition. We worked very hard all day filling up the community cabinet, two corner cabinets, a glass display cabinet and a window display. We hope you like the results!

Community Cabinet

Window display
Yasemin checking the display

 Many thanks to Clare who helped with the display, and Jackie Leonard who typed up the lists of exhibits and artist contact details, and of course to all of our members who contributed originals, prints and sketchbooks for our display. Also thanks to Hilary and the rest of the museum staff, who plied us with chocolate cake when we were beginning to flag!

The exhibition is open from 10.30 to 5.00 Tuesday to Saturday and 12.00 to 4.00 Sunday until May 8th. Please come and take a look.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Heffers Bookshop

Heffers Bookshop
Our next monthly sketch crawl is on Sunday, March 20th among the book-stacks of the iconic Heffers bookshop, which has been supplying periodicals and publications to town and gown alike since its establishment in 1876.

The address is Heffers Bookshop, 20 Trinity Street, CB2 1TY Cambridge, United Kingdom. We will meet outside the front entrance.

 After our sketching we will meet at Patisserie Valerie Cafe on Bridge Street for the usual sketchbook swapping!
Patisserie Valerie

Friday, 26 February 2016

Drawing in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Welcome to Urban Sketchers Cambridge!

This is the blog for the Cambridge chapter of Urban Sketchers where you will find details of sketchcrawls in and around the city.

Our next sketchcrawl will be at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Downing Street, Cambridge, on Saturday 27th February. This is a fantastic place to draw with artifacts from all over the world ranging from tiny Roman and Anglo Saxon jewellery to the massive Haida totem Pole from British Columbia.

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology entrance

We will meet in the archway that leads into the Downing site at 11.45, ready for heading into the Museum to sketch at 12.00. The Museum doesn't provide stools so you may wish to bring your own. Yasemin has kindly arranged for a small group to sketch in the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences for those that would prefer to sketch there. For those that like to draw buildings the courtyard contains some splendid facades.

Entrance to Downing site

Entrance to the Museum is free but you may wish to make a donation.

At 2.00 we will adjourn to the LivingStones cafe in St Andrews Street for refreshments and sketchbook swapping. We would like to take some group photos with our sketches and also some photos of people sketching in the museum for our Facebook page and this blog. If you don't wish to be included in the photos please let us know on the day.

Inside the Museum

Getting there
There are several cycle racks near the museum including the Grand Arcade cycle park providing space for over 200 cycles. The Downing Street entrance is on the right after the entrance to the car park.
Bus and rail
The Museum is about 20 minutes walk from Cambridge rail station, buses to the city centre are very frequent. Most local buses stop in Emmanuel Street, just a few minutes walk from the Museum.
There is no visitor parking at the Museum. The nearest car parks are Grand Arcade and Queen Anne Terrace, both expensive and likely to be full on Saturday. There is limited metered parking on Regent Street. A better option is one of the five Park and Ride sites.

We look forward to seeing you there!