W5: First Steps – a Workshop for Beginning Urban Sketchers



Friday afternoon

Jane Wingfield


Are you a new urban sketcher? Curious about how it all works? It can seem daunting to begin when you are faced with the blank page. There is so much before us, how can we put it down on paper? I only have so much time, what is interesting about this scene? What do I focus on? How do I make it all fit? These questions and so many more can hover around your psyche like gossiping biddies, especially as a beginner.

In this class we’ll learn some easy steps to get started. We’ll begin by learning about how a sketch walk works. Then we’ll simplify the scene, find a focal point, use measures to make it all fit, add a few people, and put it all together in a step-by-step process.


  • Sketchbook of your choice.
  • Light blue watercolor pencil. Example: Derwent Inktense- Lapis Blue, Caran D’Ache sky blue or light ultramarine. We will use these to set up a sketch on paper, go over essential marks in ink and then wash away the blue
  • Your favorite pen, marker or pencil to make simple black and white drawings.
  • Watercolor set/water/paper towels for blotting etc
  • Optional: stool

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Event Details

Date: July 19, 2024

Start time: 02:00 p.m.

End time: 05:30 p.m.

Directions: Graphite Arts Center. 202a Main St, Edmonds, WA 98020

Sketcher Fest Artist

Jane Wingfield started sketching on location in 2009 when she joined the fledgling Seattle Urban Sketchers at a gathering at a sketch outing in Volunteer Park. Since then, she has been sketching non-stop and volunteering with Urban Sketchers in Seattle and internationally. She currently co-edits the quarterly newsletter, Drawing Attention. The practice of sketching on location for over 12 years has given her the gumption to pull out her sketchbook and start sketching just about anywhere. “Travel sketching is the best! It’s not only inspiring, memorable, and endlessly entertaining, it also provides the best souvenirs!”

IG: @olysketcher