Buttons for the Fourth Annual Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out Are Here

July 25, 2012



Left: the buttons for the fourth annual Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out. The illustration on this year's button is ©2010 Marty Harris—it's the largest boar from the 2010 Minnesota State Fair.




It's time to start thinking seriously about the Minnesota State Fair. 

The Fourth Annual Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out will be on Tuesday, August 28. (More details and a map to our 4:30 p.m. meeting place will follow.)

Buttons will be given free to participants (while supplies last).

How do you get a button?

1. If you have participated before and are going to the sketch out, ask me when you see me. I'll give you one (I know you'll sketch at the Fair). Or show up at the sketch out meeting on August 28, and get one then. (I'll have buttons at the August MCBA Visual Journal Collective meeting for past participants who are repeating.)

2. Show up at the Fair on Tuesday, August 28. Then find me (probably sketching in the barns) before the meeting, or at the 4:30 meeting—show me your life sketches of the Fair. I'll take photos for the UrbanSketchers—Twin Cities blog and I'll reward you with a button.

3. If you miss connecting with us at the Fair just draw something at the Fair from life. Then send me a jpeg at by Wednesday, August 29, 10 p.m. Drawings will be posted on UrbanSketchers—Twin Cities (and I'll put a bunch of links around elsewhere too). I want people to see how fun it is to sketch at the Fair—all the great things to see. And I always enjoy seeing everyone's individual take on the Fair. Once I get your jpeg I'll save a button for you. You can pick it up at any of the Collective meetings. (There's a deadline for me to receive your jpeg because you don't want to get behind in line of the next group of button folks…)

4. Our first year we met on a Tuesday, then we met twice on the first Saturday. It was time to return to a Tuesday. (If you have to ask why we shuffle between the first Saturday and the Tuesday of the Fair then you aren't a fair goer!) I realize that just as many folks (or more) work on Tuesday as on Saturday. So if you attend the Fair on the first Saturday of the Fair (or any day before our meeting) and you send me a jpeg before Wednesday August 29, 10 p.m. I'll post your drawing. I'll put your name on a list after the Tuesday sketchers. Any buttons left over after the meeting (and typically there are buttons left over) will go to people on that list in order of image receipt.

5. Life finds you at the Fair on a day following our meeting—same thing applies as item 4 above, except that you will be in line behind people who actually sketched on Tuesday or before. Scan or photograph your artwork (drawn from life) and send me a jpeg. You'll go on the post-meeting list, in line for a button, while supplies last. And your work will go up on the UrbanSketchers—Twin Cities blog.

You cannot get a button if you don't go to the Fair and draw from life and send me images to post on UrbanSketchers—Twin Cities. (I am not bribeable. It's a button folks.) 

I could give you a whole list of reasons why sketching at the Fair will make you a better person, but you either get it or you don't. It will make you a better artist, because you'll be training your eye, hand, and brain. We all need practice. When else do you get to practice and eat corn dogs!?

So get out there and sketch.

(More details on the meeting will follow, as well as additional Minnesota State Fair items of interest.)

    • July 25, 2012

    OH!!! ME,ME,ME,ME,ME!!! I’d like one!!! I’m going!!!! Super excited, my first year!!

  1. Reply

    Leslie, really I am not bribe-able! If Art Graham were to come out with indanthone blue in his gouache line at this point it wouldn’t matter to me as I have begged him to do so for many years. The Schmincke gouache set, also not a bribe. Just a job—small and short in duration; one action in a long string, of me trying to promote the use of gouache. My own agenda.

    And diamonds, nope. Don’t own any, never will not colorful enough. (I’m an emeralds girl and that’s just not going to happen. I could never spend that kind of money for an “adornment.” Especially when there is a world of paint to buy.)

    To be bribe-able I think you have to lust after something. Sean Connery is getting a little old even for me.

    I suppose someone could offer me more time, but if someone could do that then we would be having discussions about a whole lot of other things way more interesting than whether or not I get more time.

    • Karen e
    • July 25, 2012

    Best button yet! Love the rectangle, the type, and the big pig! I’m planning on sketching at the fair and hope to see you there!

    • Miss T
    • July 26, 2012

    I can’t wait!

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    Karen, you bet. I just love it. It’s so fab.

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    Miss T, it’s going to be fun! Fantastic. I’m already thinking about my spin art!

    • Dana
    • July 28, 2012

    OK Roz, you’ve convinced me! I’ve sketched at the local raptor center but never at a fair. I won’t be joining you at T4AMSFSO but I’ll be with you in spirit. I’m going to plan on “The Big E “… last 2 weeks in September. It’s the largest fair in New England… West Springfield Mass. I haven’t been to a fair in maybe 20 years so there’s a whole new world out there… like spin art. (I haven’t the foggiest) They claim to have Cream Puffs so I’ll be able to re-live my Wisconsin State Fair youth.

    Here’s the link if there are any other New Enganders inspired by your proselytizing:

  4. Reply

    Yippee Dana, you do it! That’s fantastic. (Maybe someday I can get out there too!) Save the cream puff for end of the day, post drawing push. I can’t wait to hear how it all goes. Let me know! Dress comfortable and wear a hat!

  5. Reply

    Dana, I just went to look at the map of the Big E site and it looks fabulous. I saw a bunch of cool things on a quick scan of the animal schedule too. You are going to have so much fun!!! I will definitely have to come and check this out one year!

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