Too Early for the State Fair? Yep, But It’s Not Too Early to Practice for the State Fair!

May 5, 2011

See the full post for details on this event.

Saturday, May 7, 2011 SKETCH OUT

Join members of the MCBA Visual Journal Collective for a sketch out at the Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Lake Elmo, MN. The grounds are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.

Go here if you need directions or a map.

There are vendors selling wool, fibers, yarn, and a bunch of related stuff, but there are also ANIMALS. Come and sketch them (and the people). It’s a great way to practice for the Minnesota State Fair. This is a small fairgrounds and the setting will be less intimidating to first time public sketchers. Also you can get really close to the animals.

There is no set meeting time, so watch out for other sketchers and go and introduce yourself! I'll be sketching furiously from about 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. After a break I'll probably sketch for another couple of hours. If you see me say hi—as long as you don't try to hug me! Really, I mean that.

(Oh, and don't be surprised if you talk to me and I don't answer at first—I get rather absorbed in my sketching. You might have to say "Hi" twice.)

You'll need to bring: your journal and portable media that you can use to sketch in a crowded situation. (These are small barns often with only one central corridor.) Graphite pencil or pen and ink (either with watercolor washes) are both recommended for ease of use in this type of situation. If you like to sketch when seated bring a portable stool. But whatever you do, don't bring a lot of stuff you have to lug around with you all day. Edit your supplies and gear. Again, it's a great way to practice for the State Fair, to judge whether or not you have what you need, have too heavy a pack, etc.

Note: Admission and parking are free at this event, but bring cash for food treats or purchases from the vendors. Also, regardless of the week’s weather before this weekend it always seems to be on the cool and wet side at this event. Wear layers, including waterproof ones. You’ll be in barns sketching, but you’ll need to stay dry when moving from building to building. Also wear warm boots or shoes. (Feet warmers are recommended because of the cold surfaces you’ll be standing on.)

If you attend, but don't run into me, send me scans of any sketches made from life (not photos) and I'll put them up on the Urban Sketchers Twin Cities blog so everyone can enjoy the event!

Remember: there is no regular Monday evening meeting for the MCBA Visual Journal Collective in May. See you in June when regular third-Monday-of-the-Month meetings begin again.

  1. Oh, that I could be there for the sheep and wool festival… and the sketching! But as a spinner, I’m required to get distracted from sketching by the fiber.

    I know I don’t fit into any of the categories and am too late to be considered for the contest, but you infiltrated my sketchbook/journal which I thought you might like to have done, and it was a FAKE journal entry.

    I truly enjoy your blogging, Roz!
    Marilyn aka WabbitCO

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