10x10 Urban Sketching Workshops

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We are happy to bring back the popular series of on-location sketching workshops to Portland starting March, 2018. We are working together with the international Urban Sketchers organization and many local chapters around the world with the goal of establishing a year long educational program for current and aspiring urban sketchers in the area using Portland’s sites and culture as our main subject and inspiration.

Each workshop will be 2 hours and 30 minutes long and will take place either in the morning or afternoon on Saturday or Sunday. Check the schedule for exact times and days. All workshops are suitable for any level of sketching ability and the full series will cover such subjects as color, line, texture, composition, perspective, human proportion, sketching crowds, story telling, picture planes, panoramas, complicated interior angles, scale, as well as overcoming common issues and obstacles when it comes to sketching on location.

Upcoming Workshops

Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 3pm (Location: Lan Su Chinese Garden*)

Drama Queen or a Great Manipulator: Making Sketches that Intrigue and Grab Attention

Learning Objectives: 
  • Sketchers' hidden bag of tricks
  • Taming your colors 
  • Creating attention bursts
Instructor: Rita Sabler

* Entrance to the garden is $10 (not included with you workshop registration). If we have at least 15 in attendance with us we will qualify for a group rate of $7 each. 

Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 3pm (Location: Cargo Store in SE Portland)

All Together Now and with Perspective: Fitting all Bits and Pieces into a Grid

Learning Objectives: 
  • One and Two Point Perspective
  • Placing furniture, objects and people into a believable perspective grid 
  • Drawing interiors utilizing perspective, 
  • Snapping humans, furniture, and other "stuff" to your perspective grid
Instructor: Pete Scully (https://petescully.com/)

Workshop is full. Waitlist


Workshops are designed for all levels of participants. Instructors will provide guidance and tips necessary to get started for beginner sketchers while more seasoned artists will be challenged to further their skills with a fun array of fast-paced subjects and themes.


  • Learn and perfect the art of sketching on location;
  • Improve your drawing skills;
  • Learn how to select, frame and design visual stories on a page;
  • Learn how writing and drawing can work together to communicate more to your audience;
  • Experience the advantages of group learning and seeing the many paths to success;
  • Create visual stories about Portland;
  • Join the exciting Urban Sketching movement that is taking the world by storm.


You can register for individual workshops, the entire series of 10, or pick and choose 5 workshops based on your interests and schedule.

Full Program: 10 Workshops $325 (not available)
Half Program: 5 Workshops $175 (not available)
Single Workshop $40

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Reserve your spot with a few clicks and maximum convenience through Eventbrite. (Fees apply)

Register by Email

Avoid fees and register by emailing urbansketcherspdx@gmail.com with your choice of workshops. Then send your payment by check (Rita Sabler 1001 SE Water Ave. Suite 210, Portland, OR 97214) or by Cash App to hold your spot. https://cash.me/$RitaSabler


Cancelations are possible if requested on the following schedule:

Full Program: March 7 is the last day to cancel. No partial refunds are possible once the program begins.

Half Program: At least 10 days prior to the date of the first workshop you signed up for.

Individual Workshops: At least 10 days ahead of your workshop.


In order to attract a larger variety of participants we are making a limited amount of scholarships available. These scholarships will cover 50% of the cost and are geared primarily toward students. If you think you might qualify for a scholarship please send us a letter about your sketching goals, background, and financial need to urbansketcherspdx@gmail.com

Past Workshops

Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 10:30am (Kennedy School)
The Cave You Fear to Enter Holds the Treasure You Seek: Overcoming Obstacles and Becoming a Sketching Superstar

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 3pm (Portland Mercado)
Paint Portland Weird: Exploring Traditional and Radical Watercolor Techniques

Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 3pm (Eastbank Esplanade)
Right to Left and Front to Back: Building your Panorama in Layers

Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 10:30am (Portland Old Town)
It’s All a Matter of Perspective: Step by Step Guide to Drawing Believable Cities

Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 10:30am (Pearl District/Pride Parade route)
Two, Three, Action!: Capturing the Energy of a Crowd without Fear

Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10:30am (Director Park)
All the World's a Stage: Finding your Perfect Story

Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 10:30am (PSU Farmer's Market)
Cornucopia of Marks: Decisive Lines and Whimsical Textures in a Busy Market Place

Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 3pm (Lloyd Center)
Humbled but not Overwhelmed: Keeping your Sketcher’s Cool in Large Complicated Spaces

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