Sponsor Announcement: Blick Art Materials, Daler-Rowney, Quarto Publishing Group

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For the second year in a row, Urban Sketchers Chicago is excited to announce Blick Art Materials sponsorship of the Chicago Sketch Seminar and the Chicago urban sketchers community!  This year, Blick Art Materials will be sponsoring the 2016 Sketch Seminar as the sole retail art materials provider.  Blick is generously contributing colored pencils  to participants in Workshop #14 Urban Sketching with Colored Pencils, Pentel Pocket Brush Pens for participants in Workshops #5 Drawing Urban Dwellers and #6 Creating a Rich Drawing Drawing, Pentel Aqua Brushes for Workshop #1 Fearless Sketching with Pen, Ink & Watercolor as well as several goodies that will be found in each participants gift bag and several items available to be won at Sunday afternoon’s raffle!

Visit the following website for an exclusive in store coupon at your local Blick Art location:

In addition to Blick’s generous donations, they were also able to introduce us to two new vendors who will be supporting the Seminar in their own unique capacities:

Daler-Rowney2Daler Rowney.  We were thrilled that Blick could introduce us to Daler-Rowney!  Daler-Rowney will be providing materials for Workshop #4: Flora & Fauna in Situ, including Acrylic Black Ink and brushes to be used by participants in this workshop.  Thank-you for the contributions!  It is a pleasure to have you on board!

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Blick Art was also able to introduce us to Quarto Publishing Group USA.  According to their website, “Quarto Publishing Group USA, formed in 2004, creates and publishes illustrated books in North America and sells co-editions of them internationally.”  One of the books that Quarto has published is the book written by Gabi Campanario, Urban Sketchers’s founder and is called The Art of Urban Sketching.  The Art of Urban Sketching highlights urban sketch artists from around the world, sharing images of their art work, and descriptions of their techniques and areas of expertise.  Quarto Publishing has generously provided numerous copies of the book and they will be available to be won at Sunday’s raffle.  We look forward to sharing these great books with you!  Many thanks to Quarto Publishing Group for this generous, and fitting contribution!

All of our sponsors can be found online and social media:


Website: http://www.daler-rowney.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dalerrowney/?fref=ts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DalerRowney
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daler_rowney/

Website: http://www.quartoknows.com/division/Quarto-Publishing-Group-USA/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QuartoPublishingUSA/?fref=ts

See the full list of 2016 Sketch Seminar sponsors here.



Sponsor Announcement: Faber – Castell

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Urban Sketchers Chicago is excited to announce Faber Castell‘s sponsorship of the Chicago Sketch Seminar for a third year in a row!  Faber-Castell began supporting our artist community at our first Sketch Seminar in 2014 and we are honored to be able to continue to share their products with you!  Faber-Castell has a wide range of art materials from pencils, colored pencils, markers, to artist pens, inks and fountain pens and much much more.  Participants at this year’s Seminar will each receive their own set of PITT Artist Pens.  Participants of Donald Colley’s workshop #5 Drawing Urban Dwellers, and #6 Creating a Rich Drawing, and Wes Douglas’s workshop #16 Sketching with Markers for Beginners will have a special opportunity to investigate the versatility of PITT Artist Pens in urban sketching.  Participants will also have the opportunity to win additional Artist Pen sets at Sunday afternoon’s raffle.

USk Chicago thanks Faber-Castell for their incredible generosity and continued support!

Make sure to visit Faber-Castell’s website, and follow them on social media!

Website: http://www.fabercastell.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fabercastell/?fref=ts
Twitter: @FaberCastell


Sponsor Announcement: General Pencil Co.

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Urban Sketchers Chicago is excited to announce General Pencil Company‘s sponsorship of the Chicago Sketch Seminar for a second year in a row!  General Pencil Company has been proudly making a wide range of pencils and artist supplies in the USA since 1889.  Their pencils and pencil sets were warmly welcomed and immediately used by last year’s Seminar participants and we are excited to share them with you again at this year’s event!

This year, General Pencil Co. will be providing pencils specifically for use in Workshop #3 Poetry of Speed Sketching and Workshop #11 How to Sketch Like and Architect, to each participant in their welcome gift bags, as well as several great raffle items for a raffle event to be held at Sunday afternoon’s reception.  USk Chicago thanks General Pencil Company’s generous and continued support of our artist community!

Make sure to visit General Pencil Co’s website, and follow them on social media!

Website: http://www.generalpencil.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GeneralPencil/?fref=ts
Twitter: @GeneralPencil
Instagram: @GeneralPencil

Sponsor Announcement: Winsor & Newton


Urban Sketchers Chicago welcomes Winsor & Newton as the sole paint sponsor of the 2016 Sketch Seminar!  This will be Winsor & Newton’s second year as a Chicago Sketch Seminar Sponsor and we are excited to see the artwork that urban sketchers will create with their paints!  Winsor & Newton’s generous contributions to the Seminar will include sets of professional watercolor paints to each participant in both Workshop #1 Fearless Sketching with Pen, Ink and Watercolor and Workshop #12 Rapid Sketch with Watercolor and Velazquez Palette.  Participants in Workshop #7  Urban Sketching in Oil Paint will also receive a set of oil paints to use during this workshop and all participants can expect to receive a special item in their gift bags upon signing in to the event weekend.  Make sure to visit Winsor & Newton’s website, and follow them on social media!  Many thanks to Winsor & Newton from the entire USk Chicago community!

Website: http://www.winsornewton.com/na/shop
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WinsorNewton/?fref=ts
Twitter: @winsorandnewton
Instagram: @winsorandnewton

Sponsor Announcement: Sakura of America

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Urban Sketchers Chicago is thrilled to announce Sakura of America’s sponsorship of the 2016 Sketch Seminar!  This will be Sakura of America’s second year as a Seminar sponsor, and they will be providing a variety of Pigma Micron pens for participants in Andrew Bank’s workshop #2 Perspective, Proportion & Value for the Urban Sketcher. Learn more about Sakura of America’s wide variety of art materials on their website and social media accounts listed below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SakuraofAmerica
Instagram: @sakuraofamerica

Sponsor Announcement: Canson

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Urban Sketchers Chicago is excited to announce Canson’s sponsorship of the 2016 Sketch Seminar!  We were introduced to Canson through a recent addition to our group, Ed Brickler, Canson’s Director of Consumer Education and Outreach.  While introducing and welcoming Ed to our group, he expressed an interest in participating in this year’s Seminar, and the rest was history.  Not only will Ed lead workshop #8 Art Materials Lecture, he has also facilitated Canson’s sponsorship of a variety of art supplies to the Seminar, including art boards for workshop #7 Urban Sketching in Oil Paint, paper for workshop #10 Coptic Bookbinding as well as a variety of other products participants will receive at the event.  Many thanks to Ed, and to Canson for their generous support!

Twitter: @CansonPaper
Instagram: @CansonPaper

Sponsor Announcement: Stillman & Birn

Urban Sketchers Chicago is honored to announce Stillman & Birn as the sole sketchbook sponsor for the 2016 Sketch Seminar!  Stillman and Birn’s line of sketchbooks include a variety of premium papers suitable for a variety of media, including dry and wet media, to light wash, and even watercolor, and ink.  This will be Stillman and Birn’s 3rd year as a USk Chicago sponsor, starting in 2014 with our first Seminar, and again in 2015.  We are excited to share their products with you at the Seminar.  Until then, make sure to learn more about their brand and products here:

Twitter: @stillmanandbirn
Instagram: @stillmanandbirn
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Stillmanandbirn/?fref=ts