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Urban Sketchers begin painting on locations in Old Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: Bhubaneswar Chapter of Urban Sketchers has started sketching on locations along the heritage walk (Ekamra Walks) in the Old Town area of the city to capture the urban essence of the heritage landscape. The volunteers, consisting of artists, architects and students, are part of a global community of sketchers, who would be practicing on-location drawing every Sunday morning.


The mission of Urban Sketchers is to raise the artistic storytelling and educational value of on-location drawing, promoting its practice and connecting people around the world who draw on location where they live and travel.

During its first encounter with urban sketching, the 10-member group, consisting of three practicing architects, five students of architecture, one professor of architecture from School of Architecture, KIIT University and one student of Education participated and sketched Mukteswar-Kedargouri Complex.

The sketches, produced every Sunday will be preserved and on a special occasion they will be displayed for public viewing either at a park or any public place in the city. The group stores photographs as a record or documents for any occasion.


Coming Sunday the group would be sketching on the banks of Bindusagar. The group will consist an artists’group of 20 from KIIT School of Architecture.

Currently, there are 23 members of the Urban Sketchers Group in Bhubaneswar. The members of Urban Sketchers maintain a network of blogs and online groups where the fellow members can share their drawings and stories and interact with each other. They partner with organizations such as schools, universities, museums, municipal corporations and trade associations to create events that promote the art of on-location sketching.

In 2007, a global community of Urban Sketchers began to form when Seattle-based journalist and illustrator Gabriel Campanario created an online forum “for all sketchers out there who love to draw the cities where they live and visit, from the window of their homes, from a cafe, at a park, standing by a street corner… always on location, not from photos or memory.”A year later, Campanario invited a group of sketchers to share their drawings and storytelling in a blog, Urban Sketchers, where readers could “See the World, One Drawing at a Time.”


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