What's the big idea?

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The whole idea of encouraging people to sketch here in Quebec City (or anywhere) is to provide a "safe space" for folks of all skill levels to try sketching the world around us. After all, just 100 years ago, basic drawing skills and drawing from life were considered part of one's necessary education.  

Today, we collectively avoid making sketching because art has become specialized and professionalized, and most people are not trained in even the basics.  But, it doesn't have to be this way. 

Everyone can learn to sketch. Anyone can make a sketch that is visually stimulating and personally satisfying.

The basics of drawing are learned, not inherited. Fundamental skills, techniques, and knowledge of different media (ex: watercolours, pencils, pen and ink) are all information that can be taught, practiced, and improved upon.

Even better, sketching offers you an opportunity to connect more personally with your environment, the local ecosystem, and nuances of city life that you might not notice otherwise. Sketching, you will find, leads to increased curiosity and on-going learning wherever you sketch.

That is why I invite you to be Drawn to Quebec

Perhaps you will join one of the local public sketching outings that are scheduled regularly here in Quebec City. Or, perhaps you will want some personalized lessons or a workshop in how to sketch on location. I can help you do either, or both.

Either way, drawing with someone else, or in a group, means that you don't have to feel "on the spot" about drawing or painting in public.  

This is the "safety in numbers" principle at work.  Any curious passersby may notice a group of sketchers, but won't likely expect "perfect art" the way we all might if we saw a lone artist working in public.

Sketching in a group with a range of skills also offers the opportunity to ask questions, try new techniques and media, and to build our capacity to represent something on paper.  In particular, during my workshops and lessons, we are not aiming for "art."  As one local sketcher said, "For me, it's about the process.  I don't think of my sketches as art.  They are a way to observe my surroundings, and to learn from them."  

I also encourage sharing your work with others, for the fun of it.  

We don't judge each other, and we learn a lot from each other.   If individuals want to work towards a level of artistic expression, they are more than welcome to do so.  However, no one is expected to produce something gallery-worthy. Sharing your sketches is easy via online communities hosted by Urban Sketchers International, Artists' Journal Workshop, and many others. Just search for these communities on your favourite social media platform(s).