There's no reason sketching has to be a solitary experience of sitting quietly with your sketch pad and pencils.
Urban Sketchers, a worldwide nonprofit group dedicated to raising the artistic, storytelling and educational value of location drawing, will bring its unique social style of sketching to the Jepson Center for the Arts on Feb. 22 for Telfair's first Sketch Crawl.
According to Kip Bradley, educational coordinator for Telfair Museums, Sketch Crawl will give artists a chance to draw their personal observations as they move through Savannah's downtown squares.
The crawl begins at Telfair square at 4 p.m., will travel to Wright square at 4:45 p.m. and then on to Oglethorpe Square at 5:30 p.m.
"This is the first time we have done an official sketch crawl," Bradley said. "When we found out the Urban Sketchers were coming here to have a board meeting, we lobbied to have a sketch crawl with them.
"Everyone sort of gets together and sketches around Savannah in a group - it's fun and social."
Bradley said Urban Sketchers was founded by artist Gabi Campanario, an illustrator and artist for Seattle Times.
"He started sketching Seattle after moving here from Spain," Bradley said. "The purpose of the group is to try to emphasize that you are capturing a moment in time and report on things happening throughout the city."
The event is free and open to the public and sketchers can bring anything they want to use to sketch.
Bradley said families are encouraged to attend and sketchers can start in Telfair Square or join in along the trail.
"You don't have to stay for the entire crawl if you don't want to," he added. "This is not an organized instructional time. It's a free, fun social gathering around sketching and painting and it's meant to be fun.
"Urban Sketchers has been hugely popular around the world," Bradley said. "I think it's really exciting that they are coming here.
"It's a great opportunity. I've been doing it a little over a year and I just love it. Everyone posts their sketches online and it's a way to travel the world through art."
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The Chef's Studio: Andrew Trice from Angel's BBQ
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