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Let’s Draw Davis – Centenary Sketchcrawl!

LDD March 2017 b2

Now the sun is back out, it’s time for another sketchcrawl in Davis!

Join us on Saturday March 25th, 2017 for a special ‘themed’ sketchcrawl in downtown Davis. The them will be “100 Years of the City of Davis”, and we will explore the buildings and objects (and people??) that have been in Davis for a century or more. This month, March 2017, marks 100 years since Davis was granted a charter to become a City formally called Davis (having previously been known as Davisville, until the Post Office started shortening it to just ‘Davis’ a few years before). (Hey perhaps I should organize an even older themed one called “Let’s Draw Davisville”?)

Let’s meet at 10:30am outside the Dresbach Hunt Boyer Mansion on the corner of E and 2nd Streets. There’s a little area with some seats  which is nice. I will be creating maps showing where many of the 100-year-or-older spots are in Davis, and then you’re on your own to draw and explore. If you have a bike you can go even further afield, such as the old 1908 buildings on the UCD campus, but many old sites are within a short walk of each other in the old downtown area.We will then reconvene at 3:30pm back outside the Dresbach Hunt Boyer Mansion to show each other what we have done, and see how much of old Davis we have caught on paper.

As always this sketchcrawl is FREE and open to ANYONE who likes to sketch. You may be a beginner wanting to learn from sketching with others, or an old hand who just needs to get out and draw stuff, you can sketch alone or in groups, you can stay from start to finish or just come along and do one sketch and that’s that, it’s totally up to you. this is an excuse to draw, and excuse to look around our town (I mean, our City), and learn a bit of history through your sketchbook.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Facebook Event Page

Update: I have created a special hand-drawn map and handout for those who attend. You can download the map here: Let’s Draw Davis March 2017 Map


january sketchcrawl: from the pence to de vere’s

let's draw davis january 19th 2013

It’s a new year, and time for the 38th Worldwide Sketchcrawl!

The first Davis sketchcrawl of 2013 will be around that interesting little block between D-E-2nd-3rd Streets, full of cute little spaces and shops and cafes. We will start outside the Pence Gallery at noon, and sketch for a few hours before meeting up again at 4pm at De Vere’s Irish pub on E St to warm up, check out each others sketchbooks and maybe have a pint too.

WHEN: Saturday Jan 19th, 2013
START: 12:00pm, outside the Pence Gallery, D St
FINISH: at De Vere’s Irish pub, E St

As always this event is free and open to anyone with an interest in urban sketching. All you need is something to draw with and something to draw on! And perhaps a scarf, it is January (though January ‘crawls in Davis tend to be bright and sunny and not as cold as other places).

There’s no need to RSVP, just come along as you please. Check out the Facebook event page though, and don’t forget to post your sketches online afterwards at the SKETCHCRAWL FORUM!

See you there!

october sketchcrawl: downtown davis

let's draw davis october 15, 2011
It’s the FIRST ANNIVERSARY of LET’S DRAW DAVIS! Our first sketchcrawl meeting was held on October 16 2010, a year ago, and we’re still sketching Davis monthly.

Join us for the next sketchcrawl here in Davis, California. It is the 33rd Worldwide sketchcrawl, when sketchers from all over the planet will be out drawing their cities on the same day (see sketchcrawl.com for more details!).

START: 10:30 Mansion Square (E St/2nd)
MIDWAY: 1:00 Orange Court (E St)
FINISH: 3:30 Cloud Forest Cafe (D St, between 2nd and 3rd)

We’ll meet at 10:30am at Mansion Square on E Street, and explore the hidden spots and courtyards of downtown Davis. Starting at Mansion Square, behind the historic Hunt-Dresbach House, we’ll move on across the street to the charming Orange Court, for more sketching and maybe some lunch, before moving on to the curious alleys, cafes and shops between E / D st, and 2nd/3rd Sts. We’ll finish up at the Cloud Forest Cafe, near the red phonebox, to check out each other’s sketchbooks.

Everyone is welcome! All ages/levels. Just bring something to draw with and something to draw on. Invite your sketching friends!

For more info, please leave a comment below or send me a message.