More Sketching Opportunities Around Town

Sketching Events Around Town:


Alla Prima Portland
Bunch of painters who set up “paint outs” in various locations weekdays and weekends. All media welcome. Check the schedule for frequent updates.

Portland Coffee & Sketch Club
Sundays at Noon, various coffee shops around Portland

Hiatus Drawing Club
Thursday mornings at French Quarter (map) in Multnomah Village. Meets around 10:15 ish, Drawing from any source material or from life

Plein Air Brooks
Plein Air painting, open to all media (drawing, sketching, painting)
3 times a week at various mostly outdoor locations around Portland

Comic Creator Meet
Thursdays at 6:00pm, map at Books with Pictures
3 hours plus snacks to share
People of all medium and skill levels for comic creation

Drink and Draws:

Drink & Draw in Portland:
  • Sketching Sunday 10am at the PAM (Portland Art museum)  last Sunday of the month
  • Free For All art every Saturday at evening, art supplies available,  Vancouver 
Nucleus Portland Gallery and Taproom Drink and Draw
Drink and draw is open daily,  but Wednesdays 5:00-10pm - SE Hawthorn (map)

Drink and Draw at Alberta Street Gallery
One Friday per month 6:00-9:00 check website for dates.  - (map)

Nerd Out
Once a month, tends to be 2nd or 3rd Wednesdays at a self proclaimed geeky-themed restaurant
Their FB page events seems more up to date than their website event page. check it for dates. -Map SE Belmont

Open, uninstructed life drawing figure drawing on-going, three times a week. ($12/session or $55/5 sessions) (map) East Burnside near Laurelhurst
  • Saturday Mornings 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m 
  • Wednesday Afternoons 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
  • Wednesday Evenings 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 
  • Sunday Mornings 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Art Haus Life Drawing
Mondays 6:00-9:00 pm,  Milepost 5/ Art Haus in the Montevilla neighborhood (map)
nude figure drawing ($9) no instructor, Please arrive on time.

Life Drawing in the Pearl
workshop 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month ($17) 6:00-9:00 pm
Elizabeth Jones Art Center (map)  NW Portland

High Low Art Space
Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00-4:00 pm long poses ($10)
Thursdays 6:00-9:00 pm (suggested donation $5 minimum)
SE Portland (map)

The Drawing Studio
Drawing and painting lessons

Below links describe no future events, but are kept here for reference as things may change.

Last Sunday of every month, 7pm, Crush Bar, 1400 SE Morrison. ($10)

SketchXChange with WeMake
Monthly night of inspiration and drawing. "It’s a chance to peek into the sketchbooks of some of our favorite illustrators and learn about their process."

Art Geeks
Weekly art activities and outings such as "Thursday Art Walk"

Ideas for Future Portland Urban Sketchers Events:

  1. Lewis & Clark College
  2. Oregon College of Art & Craft
  3. PNCA
  4. PCC Cascadia
  5. Tabor Space
  6. Centennial Mills between the condos (walkway)
  7. NW riverfront: The Fields Park - new park near Tanner Springs
  8. Water bureau: walking tours of fountains listed on website.
  9. Architectural heritage center: 701 SE Grand
  10. OMSI cafe
  11. Edgefield
  12. Kennedy School
  13. Pioneer Courthouse Square
  14. Beaumont Plaza - NE 42nd & Fremont
  15. Somewhere high up - Noble Rot/Portland City Grill
  16. Library
  17. Pittock Mansion
  18. Sellwood
  19. Highland Games
  20. Food carts
  21. Oregon Rail Heritage Center
  22. Chinese Garden
  23. Japanese Garden
  24. Materials exchange
  25. April: Cherry Blossoms
  26. May: Festival of Flowers
  27. May: Cinco de Mayo
  28. July: Bastille Day
  29. August: Comics/Zinefest
  30. Summer: farmer's markets
  31. Summer: Forest Grove Ren Faire
  32. Summer: Waterfront
  33. Fall: Park Blocks 
  34. Veteran's Day: Hollywood
  35. September: Canby flock and fiber festival, spinners and livestock.
  36. October: Washington county fairgrounds—look for events (Beaverton area)—check schedules
  37. October: Apple Tasting
If you have some more ideas, post it in a comment!  Or if you have something you want to put together, just write it on our google group.  We love ad hoc events.

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