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Sketching Chicago with ink & watercolors

Rated 4.90 out of 5 from 48 reviews.Chicago, United States

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Experience hosted by Monika

2 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 3 people
Hosted in English, Hungarian

What you'll do

Sketch Chicago with a local artist. Includes a sketch kit!

We are going to sketch Chicago on-location, using pencil, ink, and watercolors. Chicago's great urban landscape offers lots of inspiration.

Capture your travels or be a tourist in your own city with Urban Sketching!

Urban Sketching has an interesting history and I'll tell you about it as we walk to our sketching location for the day. Once there, we'll look at some examples from me and other artists for inspiration. I'll show you your sketch kit and talk about what to expect during your experience.

Then it's time to sketch! I show you how to select your subject, use your supplies, some different ways to sketch, and ways to add color and personality. The tips and techniques I provide will help you enjoy creating a sketch. They'll also help you find your unique style.

Depending on our flow, we may work on 1 or more sketches.

More information: Weather permitting, this is an outdoor activity. If it's too cold, raining or snowing we will sketch indoors. I take photos of you during this experience and share with you at the end. This experience is perfect for first time sketchers as well as experienced artists. An hour before our sketch I'll send a message to coordinate our exact meeting spot downtown
Sketch Chicago with a local artist. Includes a sketch kit!

We are going to sketch Chicago on-location, using pencil, ink, and watercolors. Chicago's great urban landscape offers lots of inspiration.

Capture your travels or be a tourist in your own city with Urban Sketching!

Urban Sketching has an interesting history and I'll tell you about it as we walk to our sketching location for the day. Once there, we'll look at some examples from me and other artists for inspiration. I'll show you your sketch kit and talk about what to expect during your experience.

Then it's time to ske…

What's included

  • Equipment
    A watercolor journal that's yours to keep!

    I bring everything yo...
From £41
/ person
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Meet your host, Monika

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 48 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hi! I'm a local watercolor artist, urban sketcher, and graphic designer in Chicago's historic West Loop. I create watercolor paintings in my studio, and outdoors with the Plein Air Painters of Chicago. I exhibit my work around Chicago and online.

My passion for sketching on location started a few years ago and I love sharing it with others. I have been drawing, painting, and creating art for 20 years and will show you tips and techniques with minimal supplies. I'll help you let your guard down and make urban sketching a part of your daily life.
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Where you'll be

After we meet, we'll walk to some of Chicago's best views. We'll visit places along the River Walk, through the streets of Downtown, the Chicago Cultural Center, Harold Washington Library, Magnificent Mile, The Water Tower, Grant, Park, Lincoln Park, Millennium Park, and more. When it rains or it's too cold, we'll sketch indoors.

Rated 4.90 out of 5 from 48 reviews.

Tabi
November 2019
Amazing experience. Father /daughter day in Chicago and looking for something unique/different than shopping. His talent was able to find new inspiration and I was able to watch/participate on my own level. Would love to do this again/see Monika again!
Amazing experience. Father /daughter day in Chicago and looking for something unique/different than shopping. His talent was able to find new inspiration and I was able to watch/pa…
September 2019
Monika is a great artist and has a deep knowledge of water color and urban sketching. She gave me tips and information about groups around the world and the history of the movement. She gave me advice and technical feedback. The activity was relaxing and pleasant. I am happy about the connection that we had and I hope to become part of the urban sketching world !
Monika is a great artist and has a deep knowledge of water color and urban sketching. She gave me tips and information about groups around the world and the history of the movement…
Savannah
August 2019
I chose this experience because I've long wanted to incorporate a sketch diary into how I document my world travels. Monika is knowledgeable, talented and extremely personable. I felt like I was spending an afternoon with a close friend, chatting, sketching and learning. I hadn't actually free-sketched in years, but with her hands-on suggestions and tips, it came back and I really enjoyed this experience. Spending this time with Monika really inspired me to go out and sketch on my own. She also provided info about other Urban Sketchers meet-ups and FB groups which will help me continue to improve my skills and confidence.
I chose this experience because I've long wanted to incorporate a sketch diary into how I document my world travels. Monika is knowledgeable, talented and extremely personable. I f…
Brittney
August 2019
This was definitely an awesome experience and it was fun !! The host Monika is an amazing artist and I like how it’s small groups of three :)
Melody
August 2019
What a blast! Kind of like a paint night but more unique, private, and a great way to connect to the city and your artistic side!
Beth
July 2019
This was the best Airbnb experience I’ve done! Monika was patient, knowledgeable, and brought all the tools I didn’t know I needed. It was a perfect introductory lesson and she was really great at telling me what I needed to know to feel comfortable getting into sketching and watercolor without overwhelming me. She also had amazing reference material to show me to help me get inspiration and illustrate a few key instructional and stylistic points. She was also a very nice and interesting human and it was super comfortable spending 2 1/2 hours just quietly sketching with her :)
This was the best Airbnb experience I’ve done! Monika was patient, knowledgeable, and brought all the tools I didn’t know I needed. It was a perfect introductory lesson and she was…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 3 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

No experience necessary! Take home a watercolor journal as a keepsake! Have fun whether you're new to urban sketching, or you're an experienced artist. Contact me to request a special time and I will do my best to accommodate.

What to bring

Rain wear for walking to location only