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10×10 Urban Sketching Workshop: November 2018

November 10, 2018, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm | $40 – $325
10x10 Urban Sketching Workshops

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.

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
Instructor: Rita Sabler

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

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

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
Instructor: Jason Roberts

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

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

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

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

Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 3pm (TBD)
Drama Queen or a Great Manipulator: Making Sketches that Intrigue and Grab Attention
Instructor: Rita Sabler

Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 3pm (TBD)
All Together Now and with Perspective: Fitting all of the Bits and Pieces into a Grid
Instructor: TBD

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.


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

Full Program: 10 Workshops $325
Half Program: 5 Workshops $175
Single Workshop $40

Register online through Eventbrite >>
You can register for individual workshops, the entire series of 10, or pick and choose 5 workshops based on your interests and schedule. Use the online registration for quick and easy way to reserve your spot.

Register by email
If you are trying to avoid fees you can register by email urbansketcherspdx@gmail.com with your choice of workshops and 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


Cover image courtesy Rita Sabler.


Various Locations
Portland, OR United States + Google Map