By Janet Dodrill
There are many good sketching groups in the Cleveland area, that I’ve found recently in my quest to start sketching again to brush up on my artistic skills with other artists! My search for groups started on Facebook and then by word of mouth. I started with a commitment of going to monthly sketch outings with Urban Sketchers Cleveland (see http://urbansketchers-cleveland.blogspot.com or http://www.facebook.com/groups/urbansketcherscleveland). It is a local chapter of the international organization Urban Sketchers. We sketch on location at different areas in the greater Cleveland area.
Recent sketch locations include:
- Giant Hand Sculpture at MOCA
- Voinovich Bicentennial Park at E. 9th St. Pier
- Cleveland Botanical Garden
- Grand Pacific Junction in Olmsted Falls
- West Side Market
- Renaissance Hotel
- The Coffee House
- Old Arcade
- 5th Street Arcades
- Cavottas Garden Center
- Chagrin Falls
- Cleveland Flats Heritage Park
- Cleveland Museum of Art
- Dunham Tavern Museum
- Lake View Cemetery
- Merwins Wharf
- Old Arcade
- Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
- Rockefeller Park Greenhouse & Gardens
- Spaces Gallery
Drawn To The Valley offers an adult open studio for figurative life drawing. The group has structured guidelines to agree to before joining the group.
Murray Hill Sketch Group has been meeting together for 25 years which offers a figure model for life drawing.
BAYArts Open Studio is a portrait sketch group from a portrait model. They also have a figurative life drawing sessions that meet on selected Tuesdays.
The Pretentious Cleveland Portrait Artists is popular in the area for portrait sketching. At the end of the evening, the artists give their art piece to the model in leu of a fee. They meet at different east or west side locations.
Fees vary from $10 to $15 per session.
I have posted some of my recent drawings and paintings.
Selected Cleveland Area Sketch Groups:
Urban Sketchers Cleveland
Meets monthly each 3rd or 4th Sunday, 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Drawn To The Valley
Valley Arts Center, 155 Bell Street, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
Meets Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
BAYArts Open Studio
BAYarts, Huntington Playhouse Dr., Bay Village, OH 44140
Portrait, Meets Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Figure, Meets Tuesdays (9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, 11/6, and 11/20/18), 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cleveland Institute of Art, Pay-As-You-Go
11610 Euclid Ave., Room 302
Cleveland, OH 44106
Meets Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (current session 8/29/18 – 11/14/18)
Murray Hill Sketch Group
Murray Hill School, 2026 Murray Hill Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
Meets Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The Pretentious Cleveland Portrait Artists
Meets Fridays, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Locations include the following, but check their Facebook page before every Friday:
Artful, 2843 Washington Boulevard, 2nd Floor, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Waterloo Arts, 15605 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, OH 44110
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